Kids might be more satisfied if they get one good treat instead of one good treat and one lesser treat.
October 31, 2013 In a psychology study using Halloween candy, kids who got a candy bar and a piece of bubble gum were less satisfied than kids who got just a candy bar. The study shows that when we think about experiences, we are significantly biased by how the experience ends.
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October 11, 2013 Why is kissing found in practically every culture? A kiss can convey passion, love and, perhaps subconsciously, a veritable catalog of information about the worthiness of a potential mate. So much for romance.
Worrying about finances can tax the brain just as much as staying up all night.
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August 29, 2013 People are much worse at solving puzzles when they're first reminded of money problems, scientists say. Fretting about about finances can slow down your thinking as much as losing a night's sleep, researchers say.
What happens when the average person on the street tries to explain a public policy issue? It tends to make them rethink their position.
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June 3, 2013 Are most people's political opinions based on information or illusion? Commentator Tania Lombrozo discusses recent research on confronting our own lack of understanding when it comes to questions of complex public policy.
January 3, 2013 People generally fail to appreciate how much their personality and values will change in the years ahead — even though they recognize that they have changed in the past, according to fresh research.
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People who are interested in and paying close attention to each other begin to speak more alike, a psychologist says.
April 30, 2012 A psychologist says he can predict whether two people will end up on a date by analyzing their language style and use of certain words. His research on language can also help explain power dynamics between people.
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