The Myth Of Coincidences And Why We Search For Their Meaning

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A woman wins the lottery not once, not twice, but four times. What are the odds? According to mathematician Joseph Mazur, it depends on how you ask the question. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption

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Magic, or Math? The Appeal of Coincidences, and The Reality

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Can An Airline Affect The Direction Of Science?

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How Risk Affects The Way People Think About Their Health

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Democrats and Republicans often have trouble seeing one another's perspectives. Researchers think this might be driven in part by their earliest experience of power — the family. Mark Airs/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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When It Comes To Our Politics, Family Matters

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Social Science Researchers Explore 'Unethical Amnesia'

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Want To Make Better Predictions? Researchers Explore How

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Researchers Test The Effects Of Background Music On People

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Do You Read Terms Of Service Contracts? Not Many Do, Research Shows

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Dan Gilbert says we're not great at predicting how much we will enjoy an experience in part because we fail to consider all of the details. We think a visit to the dentist will be terrible — but we're forgetting about the free toothbrush, the nice chat with the dental hygienist, and the magazines in the waiting room. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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You vs. Future You; Or Why We're Bad At Predicting Our Own Happiness

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Research Examines If Surgery Delays Affect Patients' Health Outcome

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Why High-Income Households Benefit More From Product Innovations

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Researchers Study Effects Of Social Media On Young Minds

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Hidden Brain explores the effects of losing on athletes, fans and anyone who casts a vote for President. Daniel Fishel for NPR hide caption

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Losing Hurts (In Surprising Ways)

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How A Child's Gender May Affect Parents' Willingness To Bend The Truth

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Olympic Victory And Defeat, Frame By Frame

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Why The First Name On The Ballot Often Wins

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'Ban The Box' Laws,' Do They Help Job Applicants With Criminal Histories?

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What Science Says About Taking A Great Vacation

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Research: Black Judges Are Reversed On Appeal More Than White Judges

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Researchers Examine Why Tylenol Affects Empathy

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