Social Science

VIDEO: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

What a divisive food argument can teach us about psychology

January 31, 2016
Yes? No? Maybe so? [Image credit: Greg Uyeno]

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Maybe the answer seems obvious to you, but it’s the subject of popular debate. In this video, Scienceline takes a deep breath and tackles a bigger question: Why do we care? Guided by Marjorie Rhodes, a psychologist at New York University, let’s dive into why categories matter.

Video produced by Meghan Bartels and Greg Uyeno.

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About the Author

Meghan Bartels graduated from Georgetown University with a major in classics and a minor in biology. After college, she worked at a small environmental book publisher, where she learned that writing about science is fun when you get to use sentences that include both nouns and verbs. She also enjoys learning about history, drinking tea, and cheering on the Georgetown men’s basketball team.

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