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Experiments in the Dilemma Zone

Motorists make some of their most fatal judgment errors when the green light turns yellow at an intersection. The yellow traffic light has become a rich source of information about human response time, decision making, and risk taking. ... More>


Memrise Prize Aimed at Spurring Innovations in Language Learning

The Memrise Prize is designed to motivate the development of innovative memory strategies. ... More>


Focusing on the Past or Future Shapes Spatial Perception of Time

Research suggests that our relative focus on either the past or the future, often influenced by our cultural background, may influence how we perceive time in physical space. ... More>


Depressed People Believe that Life Gets Better

Even depressed adults seem to share the typical belief that the future will be brighter, but this optimism may not lead to better outcomes, researchers find. ... More>


In Defense of Spoilers