Wisdom, Class, and Inequality

If a typical white family in the US has 100 dollars, how many dollars does a typical black US family have? Wrong! Why are we so bad at guessing levels of inequality in society? How much of a role does your class play in preventing wise decision-making? Are upper and middle-class people especially bad at taking wise decisions? Why does more education equate to less wise reasoning in interpersonal affairs? And just how good are we at spotting someone’s class from their shoes or even eyes? Michael Kraus joins Igor and Charles to tease economic fact from fiction, discussing accuracy of class signalling, implications of new marshmallow-based research, woeful underestimations of inequality, and the roots of our convenient blindness. 

-On Wisdom

June 16, 2018


Empathic Accuracy Without Visual Cues

Michael Kraus from Yale University’s School of Management talks with us about his research examining the role of the voice in our capacity to accurately estimate the emotions of others. His article, “Voice-Only Communication Enhances Empathic Accuracy“,  was published in the American Psychologist in October of 2017.

-Parsing Science

March 6, 2018


Race, Wealth, and White Confidence

D & D start off talking about the intersections of race & class and how they are portrayed in television. It urns out that neither one has seen a Real Houswives show. They are joined by Prof Michael Kraus, social psychologist who specializes in the study of hierarchy. They talk about the disparities between perceptions and reality in terms of racial inequality and what tends to cause them. B/W 'Credit' by MC White Owl & Fat Cat Hayze .

-Race and Wealth Podcast

June 2018


The Misperception of Racial Economic Inequality

Race-based economic inequality is both a defining and persistent feature of the United States that is at odds with national narratives regarding progress toward racial equality. This work examines perceptions of Black–White differences in economic outcomes, both in the past and present.

October 10, 2017


How Fair is American Society? (Animated Short)

Americans tend to be overly optimistic about economic equality between white and black citizens, according to a new study by Yale researchers. Yale School of Management's Michael Kraus discusses why people systematically misperceive the reality of the wealth and income gap and what can be done to make the American dream more than a myth.

- Yale School of Management
September 18, 2017


How Fair is American Society?

Americans tend to be overly optimistic about economic equality between white and black citizens, according to a new study by Yale researchers. Michael discusses why people systematically misperceive the reality of the wealth and income gap and what can be done to make the American dream more than a myth.

- Yale School of Management
September 18, 2017


Studies Reveal the Super-Rich Suffer Anxiety, Lack of Empathy Due to Wealth

The more wealth people have, the more poorly they are in reading people's emotions. 

- The Current, CBC Radio
April 8, 2016


Power Suits: How Dressing For Success At Work Can Pay Off

Michael has studied the connection between clothing and financial advantage in negotiations.

- Morning Edition, NPR
March 18, 2016


Brain on Sports Podcast: How High-Fives and Touch Drive Team Success

Michael discusses his study on the correlation between physical touch and performance among NBA teams, and how lessons from those findings can be taken off the court and into our business and personal relationships.

- Sports Illustrated
January 25, 2016


Clothing & Behavior

Michael examines how what you wear can affect your job performance and social status.

- The Academic Minute
January 7, 2016

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The Undervalued Self: Social Class Rank and Political Participation

The influence of perceived social class on participation in politics.

- SPSP 2015
February 27, 2015

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Science of Touch: Power to Communicate

Small physical gestures might be key to big success.

- ABC News
June 9, 2011

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Class & Emotion

People in the upper-class are worse than their peers at identifying the emotions of others, according to a new study by University of California researchers.

- KQED
December 30, 2010


Noblesse Oblige? Empathy, Compassion, and Social Class in America

Emerging evidence indicates that higher-class individuals lack empathy and compassion.

- Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
September 6, 2012

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