Social Sciences

Infants expect favoritism over fairness

Stanford scholar Lin Bian found that in times of plenty infants expect fair distribution of goodies like toys or cookies. But when resources are scarce, infants expect people to favor their own social group.

Examining potential bias in Medicare reimbursements

A SIEPR fellow gains first-ever access to data showing the inner workings of an influential committee advising Medicare and finds that bias among its members has different effects from what critics claim.

Kids see words and faces differently from adults

A new study finds that young children’s brains have not yet fully developed the vision circuits they need to understand words and recognize faces, a finding that could help in understanding how children learn to read.

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The power of doing nothing

People love the default option. Stanford researchers ask: Why aren’t we using this instinct to better the world?