Shankar Vedantam Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR.

The "broken windows" theory of policing suggested that cleaning up the visible signs of disorder — like graffiti, loitering, panhandling and prostitution — would prevent more serious crime. Image Source/Getty Images hide caption

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How A Theory Of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

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Modern psychology shows that we all have a little bit of Narcissus in us. Most of us like people who remind us of ourselves — whether that is someone else with the same name or the same birthday. Renee Klahr hide caption

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Me, Myself, and IKEA: What Our Love For Swedish Furniture Says About Narcissism

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Advice For Your Dinner Party Stories: Keep It Familiar

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Psychologist Phil Tetlock thinks the parable of the fox and the hedgehog represents two different cognitive styles. "The hedgehogs are more the big idea people, more decisive," while the foxes are more accepting of nuance, more open to using different approaches with different problems. Renee Klahr hide caption

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The Fox And The Hedgehog: The Triumphs And Perils Of Going Big

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A person illegally pans for gold at a site in the Department of Choco near the city of Quibdo, Colombia, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. According to Santiago Angel, head of the Colombian mining association, about 85 percent of the 59 tons of gold produced last year in Colombia comes from operations without government licenses or environmental permits. Nicolo Filippo Ross/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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How Illegal Gold Mining Relates To The Spread Of Malaria

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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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Why Social Media Isn't Always Very Social

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Taken in aggregate, the billions of online searches we make every day say a lot about our most private thoughts and biases. Lee Woodgate/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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What Our Google Searches Reveal About Who We Really Are

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Instead Of Showing Off Wealth, Some Show Off Busy Schedules

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Ivanka Trump's brand has been the target of boycotts and "buycotts" in recent months, as Americans have been expressing their values with their wallets. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Boycotts And Buycotts: How We Use Money To Express Ourselves

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Protesters attend the Women's March on Washington a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Researchers Examine The Psychology Of Protest Movements

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When It Comes To Our Lives On Social Media, 'There's Always Another Story'

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How To Get Low-Income Students Into Selective Colleges

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Creature Comforts: The Power Of Touch And Affection In Our Lives

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