Believing the Future Will Be Favorable May Prevent Action
Findings from a series of studies show that people tend to believe others will come around to their point of view over time, a trend that holds across various contexts and cultures.
We fear death, but what if dying isn’t as bad as we think?
The Guardian: “The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else,” wrote Earnest Becker in his book, The Denial of Death. It’s a fear strong enough to compel us to
Stop Putting Off Fun for After You Finish All Your Work
Harvard Business Review: How often have you put off doing something fun, like taking a trip or treating yourself, because you felt that you had too much work to do, and you had to get
A Study Encourages You to Have Fun First and Finish Your Work Later
New York Magazine: It seems like the natural order of things: first work, then fun. If you finish your dinner, you can have dessert; if you finish your homework, you can play your video games.
Suddenly Language: Lila R. Gleitman on the Evolution of an Innate Human Trait
Scientists have no hard evidence of how human language evolved, but Lila R. Gleitman illustrates some of the clues that can be gleaned from observing children as they develop their language skills.
The Cognitive ‘Glitch’ of Humans: Laurie Santos on What Makes the Human Mind So Special
Laurie R. Santos describes evidence of cognitive talents shared across species, and those that seem to be exclusive to humans.