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in Social Psychology with a concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence.

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Application deadline: January 2, 2016

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Psychology of Peace and Violence Program Faculty, Students and Graduates in the News

Linda Tropp Attends Congressional Briefing on Racial Profiling and Law Enforcement

Linda Tropp at Washington D.C. Hearing 11/5/15

Linda Tropp testified at a congressional briefing in Washington D.C. on November 5th. Co-sponsored by the Office of Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), NAACP, ACLU, and SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together), the briefing was on racial profiling and law enforcement. "Given the cues we regularly encounter and receive about different racial groups in our society, it is likely that most Americans in the United States would exhibit some degree of implicit bias favoring whites,” said Linda Tropp at this forum.

Linda Tropp was interviewed regarding racial tensions and perceptions on PBS New Hour

Linda Tropp was interviewed regarding racial tensions and perceptions on PBS New Hour

"Behavioral manifestations of anxiety such as less eye contact, shifting away, standing farther back, or maintaining great social distance may be due to racial anxiety, but in actuality, they might be interpreted by the perceiver or the person you're interacting with as racial hostility or rejection" said Linda Tropp in a recent interview regarding racial tensions and perceptions. This interview, "How do we improve dialogue about race relations",  was conducted by Charlayne Hunter-Gault on the PBS Network on October 9th, 2015. 

Ervin Staub quoted in Discovery News article on the recent French Train attack

French train attack

 Ervin Staub says people react differently to stressful circumstances such as the recent disarming of a shooter on a French train by three American tourists. “Some people are calmer under certain circumstances,” he says. In a tense situation, some people react quickly and are willing to engage while others are slow to respond, while still others just watch, what he calls the bystander effect.

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Ervin Staub blogs on Huffington Post about unlawful use of force by police

Now that the media and the country pay attention, after shocking instances, almost everyday there are more reports of police officers having used unnecessary force, needlessly harming people. Some of these reports are of new events, which I will discuss later. Others are about events a year or two ago that now receive attention.

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