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The Psychology of the Shortlist

Imagine this scenario: A plum job has opened up, one that you really want and feel well qualified to hold. So you go through the rigorous process of applying. You […]... More>


Is Obesity a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

There are lots of people of normal, healthy weight who, when they look in the mirror, see a fat person. Many of them know that their perceptions are skewed, because […]... More>


Are There Natural Remedies For Cognitive Aging?

More than 30 countries now have a life expectancy of 80 or more, a dramatic increase over the last half century. This is good news, but it also brings challenges. […]... More>


The Science of Interrogation: Rapport, Not Torture

Chris Matthews, who hosts the MSNBC news program Hardball, is convinced that torture works. In the last two days, in the wake of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s damning report on […]... More>


The High Costs of Status Seeking

It’s well known that income inequality leads to all sorts of social problems. The bigger the gap between the affluent and the poor, the higher the rates of homicide, teenage […]... More>