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January 2015

The Effects of
Almost Winning

In experiments involving a computer game, scientists from INSEAD, Singapore, found that participants who came close to winning, but ultimately fell short, were more motivated to pursue subsequent goals compared to those who lost early and decisively.

Where Psychological Science, Economics, and Sociology Meet

Psychological researchers are leading the exploration into socioeconomic influences on human cognition, emotion, and health. A panel of international researchers at the inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science will present the latest research at the intersection of psychology, sociology, and economics. More>>

Although anger is associated with bad health in Western societies, psychological scientists using biomarkers to examine this emotion found it to be associated with reduced biological health risk in Asian countries where anger is an expression of power and status rather than frustration. More>>


Friends and collaborators remember a neuroscience pioneer who first discovered the neural networks responsible for classical conditioning through rigorous and extensive research. His former students describe him as a consummate scientist, as well as a caring mentor who always sought to help them succeed. More>>

Many visually impaired people use echolocation (for example, making noises to bounce sound waves off walls) to navigate their environment. Psychological researchers from Scotland and Canada found in an experiment that echolocation has the potential to be a partial substitute for vision. More>>


Using various experimental conditions with business school students, researchers have found that leaders who can make fun of themselves engender more trust than those who tend toward other forms of humor. More>>

By Barry J. Everitt

Barry J. Everitt of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, outlines neural evidence of why 20-30% of drug users descend into addiction — defined as the persistent seeking and taking of drugs even in the face of dire personal consequences. More>>

  Selected by EJN Coeditors Jean-Marc Fritschy and Martin Sarter


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