Trigger warnings are taking over universities, but do they work?

Talk of trigger warnings and microaggressions are sweeping through university campuses, but some researchers question whether they have any psychological basis

WARNINGS before lectures. Speakers banned. Debate stifled. Students are increasingly making demands about what can and can’t be said on campus. This month, online magazine Spiked revealed that 55 per cent of UK universities are censoring speech.

For many, it is a worrying sign that students are turning away from a diversity of thought that would promote critical thinking, the very thing university education is designed to support.

But can students’ concerns be dismissed as mere …

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