Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.
Embarrassing yourself in front of no one (New York Magazine)
by Melissa Dahl
We usually think of embarrassment as a public emotion—the feeling of saying something ridiculously stupid in a room full of people and then having the urge to run and hide. But a new study finds that we’re just as capable of embarrassment when we’re all by ourselves.
Why crowds turn deadly (The Atlantic)
by Ruth Graham
What causes tragedies like the death of more than 700 people outside Mecca last week during the Hajj pilgrimage? Research shows it’s usually not panic or a quirk of crowd psychology. It’s the physics involved in crowding a huge number of people into a space without sufficient logistical planning.
Women in office, beyond tokenism (The Washington Post)
by Aili Mari Tripp and Alice Kang
How can countries get more women to take leadership roles and help a larger portion of the population gain representation? A number of studies suggest simply setting quotas for women in public office has a big impact.
What’s the Weather Like on Comet 67P? (The Conversation)
by Monica Grady
It may be sweater season where you are, but on comet 67P, the forecast calls for gas jets, a punishing solar wind, and a landscape that goes from dry and rocky by day to icy at night. New data from the Rosetta spacecraft is adding to the existing research about these phenomena.
Why #shoutyourabortion matters (Pacific Standard)
by Francie Diep
By proving that many women feel just fine about having an abortion, research suggests, the #shoutyourabortion campaign may help make that true for even more women.
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