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Melissa Burkley, Ph.D.
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Melissa Burkley, Ph.D., is an associate professor of social psychology at Oklahoma State University. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. She conducts research in the area of social cognition, particularly with a focus on stereotypes and prejudice. Much of her work examines the psychological consequences of being a member of a stereotyped group. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, and writing novels.

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Do 'Ugly Duckling' Stories About Beauty Harm Women?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 3:54 PM

In the classic children's story "The Ugly Duckling," a homely looking "duckling" is mocked by his fellow barnyard animals because of his unattractive appearance. However, much to the surprise of himself and others, the duckling grows into the most beautiful bird of all: a swan. The message communicated by this...

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The SNL Debacle: Are Black Women Socially Invisible?

(8) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 7:03 PM

This post is largely adopted from this previous post on Psychology Today.

This Saturday, Saturday Night Live (SNL) will add its fifth ever Black female to its full-time cast (Sasheer Zamata). This addition comes after a highly publicized critique of SNL's lack of Black female cast members that...

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Is Free Will a Magic Trick?

(57) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Watching Apollo Robbins' TED talk is highly entertaining, but it also gives us important glimpses into the nature of the human mind. Apollo is a skilled artist, not because he can steal a watch from under...

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