Christie Thomson

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How Girls in Blue-Collar Communities Are Being Left Behind

Schools often offer vocational classes at the expense of advanced courses, which can leave young women with few options.<p>National debate about where students should go after they finish high school generally favors college as the path to success. Yet several states have ramped up vocational training …

Making the Brain Less Racist

Most people are biased against other races, but some odd psychological interventions can help.<p>Is there any way to improve race relations? Re-watching the 1993 film <i>The Joy Luck Club</i> might help a bit. In one study, white people who watched the movie while empathizing with its characters—all strong, …

Psychology

Poor at 20, Poor for Life

A new study indicates that from the 1980s to the 2000s, it became less likely that a worker could move up the income ladder.<p>It’s not an exaggeration: It really is getting harder to move up in America. Those who make very little money in their first jobs will probably still be making very little …

Demographics

Should Colleges Really Eliminate the College Lecture?

As schools incentivize innovative research, quality in-class experiences can fall by the wayside.<p>As a doctoral candidate interviewing at a liberal-arts college some years ago, I rambled, waded through pages of notes, and completely lost my train of thought at one point during my job presentation. …

The Many Ways to Map the Brain

It takes both science and art to make sense of the organ’s complexities.<p>Brain mapping has come a long way since the days of Korbinian Brodmann. The German neurologist was cutting edge for the early 1900s, using newly invented chemical stains that made it possible to see individual neurons through a …

Adorable Ducklings Have Abstract Thoughts

Within hours of hatching, these baby birds can learn concepts like “same” or “different”—and they do so faster than human infants.<p>In 1690, English philosopher John Locke claimed that “brutes abstract not.” By “brutes,” he meant our fellow animals. By “abstract,” he meant pulling out general …

Cute

Why Americans Lead the World in Food Waste

Calories are cheap and people are picky.<p>Americans waste an unfathomable amount of food. In fact, according to a <i>Guardian</i> report released this week, roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away—some 60 million tons (or $160 billion) worth of produce annually, an amount …

The Atlantic's Week in Culture

A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment<p><b>Don’t Miss</b><p>Serena Williams Is the Greatest—<i>Vann R. Newkirk on how the player’s record-tying championship at Wimbledon means as much for the world outside of tennis as it does for the sport itself.</i><p><b>Film</b><p>One Secret Ingredient of Great</i> …

Serena Williams