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Every time you give in to your phone or computer that's buzzing with notifications, you pay a price: little by little, you lose your ability to focus. Tom Merton/Getty Images/Caiaimage hide caption

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You 2.0: The Value Of 'Deep Work' In An Age Of Distraction

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Hidden Brain: How Cigarette Taxes Affect Food Buying

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Researchers Examine When People Are More Susceptible To Fake News

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According to research from Harvard, between 10% and 40% of the kids who intend to go to college at the time of high school graduation don't actually show up in the fall. Education researchers call this phenomenon "summer melt," and it has long been a puzzling problem. S_e_P_p/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Why Aren't Students Showing Up For College?

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Could you hit a toy robot with a hammer? The answer to that question might tell you more about yourself than you'd think. Renee Klahr/NPR hide caption

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Can Robots Teach Us What It Means To Be Human?

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Pain Before Pleasure Makes The Pleasure Even Better, Study Finds

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Some People Are Great At Recognizing Faces. Others...Not So Much

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Research shows birth order really does matter. Catherine Delahaye/Getty Images hide caption

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Research Shows Birth Order Really Does Matter

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New study shows child care centers don't necessarily hire the most qualified teachers. Caiaimage/Paul Bradbury/Getty Images hide caption

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Child Care Centers Often Don't Hire The Most Qualified Teachers, Study Shows

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From sports, to politics, to the stock market, we love to make (and hear) predictions. This week, Hidden Brain explores why the so-called experts are so often wrong, and how we can avoid the common pitfalls of telling the future. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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Degrees of Maybe: How We Can All Make Better Predictions

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Sometimes it can feel like there is a terrorist attack on the news every other week. But how much attention an attack receives has a lot to do with one factor: the religion of the perpetrator. David McNew /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hidden Brain: Terror Strikes And An Attacker's Identity

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Sometimes it can feel like there is a terrorist attack on the news every other week. But how much attention an attack receives has a lot to do with one factor: the religion of the perpetrator. David McNew /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When Is It 'Terrorism'? How The Media Cover Attacks By Muslim Perpetrators

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In the aftermath of a police-involved shooting, there's often a familiar debate about what led to it. But research shows there's an underlying cause that we often miss. JASON REDMOND/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Police Shootings: How A Culture Of Racism Can Infect Us All

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Olutosin Oduwole at his home in New Jersey. Shankar Vedantam /NPR hide caption

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Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

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