Overpriced roses and generic greeting cards are flying off the shelves, only to be thrown in the trash in a day or two. Windows, storefronts, even drab office cubicles are festooned in red and pink hearts. Valentine’s Day is a holiday full of schmaltz, material excess, and, sometimes, a bit More
The Huffington Post: John Dean, former Nixon crony, White House lawyer and Watergate co-conspirator, turned on the Republican Party a few years ago. The reason for his turnabout, he writes in his book Conservatives Without Conscience, is that true conservatism has been perverted by politicians and thinkers — primarily the More
Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science: Show Me the Numbers: Precision as a Cue to Others’ Confidence Alexandra Jerez-Fernandez, Ashley N. Angulo, and Daniel M. Oppenheimer The authors investigated a newly identified indicator of confidence — precision. In the second of two studies, participants played a “The Price More
The New York Times: All work and no play may just be a result of “mindless accumulation.” So say scholars behind research, published in the journal Psychological Science in June, that shows a deeply rooted instinct to earn more than can possibly be consumed, even when this imbalance makes us More
Ars Technica: On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, leaving a trail of disaster in its wake. Since then, private donors, nonprofits, and governments from around the world have pledged tens of millions of dollars to assist survivors and help rebuild the storm-stricken nation. But understanding which disasters More
NPR: Hunger can make people emotional, that’s for sure. Some people get “hangry” when their blood sugar levels drop and their irritability rises. Others get greedy. But new research suggests that we may have another, innate response to hunger: a desire to encourage others to share what they have. More
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