A Cold Stare Can Make You Crave Some Heat The New York Times September 16, 2008 “And even if the thermometer doesn’t register the difference, people do: social iciness feels so cold to those on the receiving end that they will crave a hot drink, a new study has found. More

The Geography of Personality Newsweek August 23, 2008 “Since personality is so important to both social and individual outcomes, the hunt is on for which traits vary geographically and why. According to the most extensive study yet of how personality varies across the United States, a “neuroticism belt” divides the More

Sadness Spurs Spending, Experiment Shows NPR April 21, 2008 “If you’re feeling blue, you might want to think twice before you head out for a little shopping. That’s because research shows sad people are willing to pay significantly more money for everyday items such as a water bottle. Cynthia Cryder More

Happiness: Enough Already Newsweek February 2, 2008 “‘[O]nce a moderate level of happiness is achieved, further increases can sometimes be detrimental’ to income, career success, education and political participation, Diener and Colleagues write in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. On a scale from 1 to 10, where 10 is More

The ‘No’ Muscle: How To Bulk Up Your Self-Control Boston Sunday Globe December 16, 2007 “If self-control can tire like a muscle, then one intriguing corollary is that it can also be built up like a muscle – and some research seems to say this is true. ‘Targeted [efforts] to More

As the new year gets underway, take a look back on the research that you started, finished, or trashed in ‘07. If you aren’t inspired, then pick up an issue of The New York Times Magazine’s “7th Annual Year in Ideas.” The magazine grouped some of the most “curious, inspired More