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The next time you are accused of doing something you did not do, you may want to check your anger at the door. New research from Batten's Gabrielle Adams has found that such strong reactions lead others to assume the worst: that you did exactly what you have been accused of doing.

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New evidence from a team of researchers, including Batten professor John Holbein, suggests that everyday racial discrimination is far more widespread than previous studies have indicated.

A Batten researcher is studying the complicated dynamics between workers and their managers.

Batten postdoctoral fellow Jieun Pai is studying the complicated dynamics between workers and their managers.

Move-in Day

Batten's Tim Davis advises parents to put down the phone, stop texting their kids and give them the space and permission to struggle and build their own new, supportive networks in college.


In a case of simulation imitating life, Batten's Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming provides an opportunity for students to wrestle with a simulated pandemic online – during a worldwide pandemic.

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Across a series of studies published this month in the journal Nature, Batten’s Gabrielle Adams, Benjamin Converse and co-authors demonstrated that people tend to overlook the option to subtract parts when asked to change or improve something. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, they explore why ‘less is more’ is a hard insight to act on.

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Why, when solving problems, do people prefer adding things to getting rid of them? In an article for The Economist, Batten’s Gabrielle Adams and Benjamin Converse explain their research on subtractive improvements. 

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In a new paper featured on the cover of Nature, Batten’s Gabrielle Adams, Benjamin Converse and co-authors explain why people systematically overlook subtractive improvements.