Perception Institute Publications

Perception Institute aims to make mind science research more accessible. In our own publications, we summarize existing evidence in reports intended for a broad audience and release the findings of our own original research with partners. All of Perception’s publications are available for free download on the Perception Institute Publications page. We also maintain an archive of key publications from research in the mind sciences, which can be accessed from the Publications Library.

#PopJustice, Volume 3: Pop Culture, Perceptions, and Social Change

This report is part of a larger series, #PopJustice, dedicated to exploring the promise and potential of pop culture as an agent of social change.

This report is the research volume – it explores two key questions:
1) Can popular culture be an effective instrument for positive social change?
2) Can popular culture be leveraged in the effort to counter stereotypes and improve attitudes and behavior toward immigrants and people of color?

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Evaluation of Halal in the Family web series

This report summarizes the result of a research study, which evaluated the impact of a web series, Halal in the Family, on biases about Muslim Americans. Compared to people who watched a sitcom, those who watched Halal in the Family had less negative explicit and implicit attitudes toward Muslim Americans. The findings suggest that popular media can be used to shift biases and counteract stereotypes.

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Brief amici curiae of Experimental Psychologists

The brief, filed to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case, discusses stereotype threat and why racial considerations in college admissions are fundamental to reducing stereotype threat in the academic context.

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3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets Discussion Guide

This guide is for anyone, particularly educators, seeking to use the documentary 3 1⁄2 Minutes, Ten Bullets as a catalyst for discussion and action. The film documents the story of Jordan Davis, a 17 year-old, and the trial of Michael Dunn, the man who killed him. The guide uses the mind sciences to address the role that race plays in our society, generally, and specifically, the experience and treatment of black men and boys.

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