Soccer player Mohamed Salah is said to have helped reduce Islamophobia within Liverpool. New research suggests that sustained positive exposure to out-group celebrities ー individuals from a group not of your own ー helps reduce prejudice against the out-group they’re part of. After the pious Egyptian striker signed with Liverpool FC, hate crimes within Liverpool and anti-Muslim tweets by Liverpool FC fans significantly decreased compared to other cities in the UK, a phenomenon dubbed the “Salah effect”.
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Kai Cheng’s professor had a brilliant scheme. In his first lecture, he promised that each lecture would feature a “Lie of the Day”. But why? It made his students more attentive and analytical, poring over every detail of his lecture and making sense of why things were true. It was such a powerful teaching method that his students digested his most technical lectures quite easily because they tried so hard to catch his lie. The kicker? There was no lie in that first lecture; he had lied about that too! Read full article here