The Wall Street Journal: A new research paper uses a barnyard analogy to explain why the star-studded Miami Heat now teeter on the brink of elimination: “Having too many dominant, high-egg-producing chickens in a single colony reduces overall egg production,” says a research article called “The Too-Much-Talent Effect,” to be published More
Pacific Standard: The top news stories have been even more depressing than usual of late, with tribalism—accompanied by active hatred for perceived outsiders—emerging as a driving force everywhere from Middle Eastern battlefields to the halls of Congress. But encouraging new research points to a surprising way around this us.-vs.-them mindset. It suggests More
NPR: Parents, teachers and cheesy after-school specials have long tried to convince kids that being cool and popular isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Now scientists are chiming in as well. Dating, flouting authority and surrounding yourself with good-looking friends may make you popular when you’re 13, according More
The Atlantic: Open offices were supposed to liberate us from cubicle-land. In the 1960s, the German design group Quickborner decided that grouping desks together would increase efficiency and de-emphasize status. They dubbed it Bürolandschaft, or “office landscape.” Open plans are also meant to enhance collaboration: Perhaps overhearing your colleague’s every mutter will lead to some serendipitous insights. More
For every law-abiding motorist, there is another driver who is breaking the speed limit and cutting off other drivers in traffic. For every person who easily follows driving directions to reach a destination, there are others who always seem to get lost. Psychological scientists have been studying these sorts of More
The Huffington Post: Everyone has heard the statistics on the incarceration of black Americans, but they bear repeating. Blacks make up nearly 40 percent of the inmates in the nation’s prisons, although they are only 12 percent of the U.S. population. Some experts estimate that one in every four black More
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