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Sizing Up Magnitude

In an interdisciplinary symposium, “The Origins and Consequences of Magnitude Estimation,” at the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, four speakers discussed a diverse sampling of new research on the basic mechanisms and biases that underlie our appraisals and approximations. ... More>


Google Enlists Psychological Science to Fight Office Snack Attacks

Google has enlisted a team of psychological scientists to investigate “nudges” to help employees adopt healthier eating habits in the office. ... More>


Why the Drive Home Really Does Feel Shorter

An unexpectedly long drive in one direction can create an illusion that the drive home is shorter, even when the time spent travelling is exactly the same. ... More>


Cold Offices Linked to Lower Productivity

The temperature of our environment can have a profound influence on our emotions, perceptions, and even our productivity. ... More>