Eighty-five percent of artists whose work is found in collections of major US museums are white, and 87 percent are male, according to new research by Chad Topaz of Williams College, Mass., and colleagues. The study, published in PLOS ONE, also suggests that artist diversity is not strongly linked to a museum's collection mission.
A film and texting campaign can increase anticorruption reports from citizens, study shows.
Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that pop music lyrics contain the same amount of violent content as rap and hip-hop.
The aptly named software package Whetstone enables neural computer networks to process information up to 100 times more efficiently than current standards, making possible an increased use of artificial intelligence in mobile phones, self-driving cars, and image interpretation.
The popular view that music enhances creativity has been challenged by researchers who say it has the opposite effect. Psychologists investigated the impact of background music on performance by presenting people with verbal insight problems that are believed to tap creativity. They found that background music 'significantly impaired' people's ability to complete tasks testing verbal creativity -- but there was no effect for background library noise.
Changes in costume in the female leads -- Padmé and Leia -- in 'Star Wars' Episodes I through VI parallel shifts in the characters' positions of power, a study published in the open-access journal Fashion and Textiles suggests.
University of Kansas journalism researchers showed real tweets about the NFL anthem protests to a group of millennials. Eye tracking software found they viewed tweets from white males the longest, but self-reported data showed they gave the most credibility to African-American males.
The introduction of communication technologies appears to bias historical records in the direction of the content best suited for each technology, according to a study published Feb. 20, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by C. Jara-Figueroa and colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
This is the first study to specifically look at how perpetrator religion impacts coverage across such a wide scope of terrorism cases. Researchers say "members of the public tend to fear the 'Muslim terrorist' while ignoring other threats," due to an imbalance in how news media cover terror attacks.
Walking simulation games signal a new literary genre Research from the University of Kent has revealed that walking simulations are blurring the boundaries of different art forms to create a new literary genre. Walking simulations -- video games where there are no winners and no one is shot at or killed -- have become increasingly popular in the last few years.