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Author: Nash Dunn

Jul 20, 2020

Why Making Plans Helps Manage Pandemic Stress

For the first half of the year, the uncertainty of the pandemic’s spread has made it nearly impossible to predict whether anything will happen as we imagined it would. “I think we’re all being made keenly aware that the control we thought we had is maybe more fragile than we believed,” says Shevaun Neupert, a professor of psychology at North Carolina State University. 

Jul 14, 2020

The ‘Sex Talk’ is Actually a Series of Talks

“If parents start that very, very early with appropriate terminology and responding to kids’ questions when these questions come up, then kids know this is just one of many other things they can talk with parents about,” said Laura Widman, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at NC State. 

Jul 9, 2020

What Happens When People Use Autonomous Cars for Bad? Experts Weigh In

“Current approaches to ethics and autonomous vehicles are a dangerous oversimplification – moral judgment is more complex than that,” says Veljko Dubljević, an assistant professor in philosophy and science, technology and society at NC State. 

Jul 6, 2020

Prospective Teachers More Likely to View Black Children as Angry, Study Finds

"People in general and teachers as well are not very good at recognizing what other people are feeling and thinking. And people are not very good at showing what they're feeling and thinking," said Amy Halberstadt, an NC State psychology professor who is one of the study's authors. 

Jun 25, 2020

Study Suggests Mask Mandate Could Lead to Racial Profiling

“There’s a lot of prejudice and discrimination out there, and African-Americans are more likely, it seems, to face that when wearing a bandana or a cloth mask face covering,” said Steve Greene, a political science professor at NC State. 

Jun 19, 2020

What Does Juneteenth Mean Today?

NC state professor and award-winning author Blair Kelley along with playwright and former NFL player Greg Ellis discuss the history of Juneteenth and put it in the context of recent events. 

Jun 19, 2020

What to Consider as You Donate to a Social Justice Fund

To help you navigate the world of giving, we enlisted the following experts: Amanda Stewart, an assistant professor and non-profit researcher in the Department of Public Administration in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University. “I personally think of donations as lining up the right things,” Stewart told CNN. 

Jun 12, 2020

Return of the Drive-In

In the latest episode of WUNC's "Movies on the Radio" segment, film studies professor Marsha Gordon helps discuss recent interest in drive-in theaters. 

Jun 12, 2020

The Meaning Behind the Slogan ‘Defund the Police’

We've heard the slogan "defund the police" among the protests for racial justice, but what does that mean? Spectrum News talks with NC State psychology professor Kwesi Brookins about the issue. 

Jun 4, 2020

How Does Social Media Dehumanize People?

“Fundamentally, we wanted to examine how online platforms can normalize hatred and contribute to dehumanization,” says Jessica Jameson, co-author of a paper on the work and a professor of communication at NC State.