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By Charlie Ebersole Ph.D. on August 16, 2019 in Meta-Uncertainty
The process of becoming more certain is full of uncertainty. That's OK, as long as we know where to look for it.
By Eva M. Krockow Ph.D. on August 08, 2019 in Stretching Theory
Do you pay too much when you pay nothing? While it is rational to minimise financial spending, people often overlook the hidden costs of seemingly "free" items.
By Anthony C. Lopez Ph.D. on August 07, 2019 in Evolutionary Politics
The same moral psychology that has fueled social justice is also at work in pernicious cycles of violence.
By The Center for Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making on August 07, 2019 in Decisions in Context
Why is overconfidence a common aspect of our psychology despite the costs? Recent research shows that it can help people persuade others better.
By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 03, 2019 in Living Single
When women say they don’t want kids, do they end up not having any? A groundbreaking study answers many questions about the life paths of women who never have kids.
By Abigail Fagan on July 29, 2019 in Brainstorm
More satisfying decisions may emerge when one person takes the lead.
By Eva M. Krockow Ph.D. on July 25, 2019 in Stretching Theory
Have you been tricked by decoy options in the past? Anticipating regret could help you make better choices in the future!
By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on July 24, 2019 in I Hear You
Today's young adults, faced with important life choices, are more depressed than previous generations. Here's how to resolve these big decisions.
By Briana Mezuk Ph.D. on July 18, 2019 in Ask an Epidemiologist
Even well-designed studies can come to ambiguous conclusions. So how can you make smart decisions about your health? I’m glad you asked.
By The Center for Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making on July 18, 2019 in Decisions in Context
Recent research suggests that people are intuitively dishonest, but only if the dishonesty does not harm concrete others.
By Bernard D. Beitman M.D. on July 16, 2019 in Connecting with Coincidence
There is truth to the Law of Very Large Numbers, but it can only be properly applied when we have data for those large numbers.
By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 11, 2019 in Talking Apes
Even though we believe we shouldn’t trust strangers, we do so anyway. How can we explain this difference between belief and behavior?
By Eva M. Krockow Ph.D. on July 11, 2019 in Stretching Theory
In some cases, smart people may be particularly susceptible to deception. Three tips can help avoid reasoning errors.
By Diane Dreher Ph.D. on July 06, 2019 in Your Personal Renaissance
What can we do about political polarization? Research shows how to overcome confirmation bias
By The Center for Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making on July 04, 2019 in Decisions in Context
A recent study shows how antisocial personality is related to reduced trustworthiness and trust, but also greater retribution levels.
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on July 01, 2019 in The Science Behind Behavior
The concern is about the prevalence of nudge tactics used by online retailers to influence buyer behaviors.
By Hal McDonald Ph.D. on June 29, 2019 in Time Travelling with Apollo
A new study reveals that a coin toss can speed up our decision-making process by reducing our need for information.
By Eva M. Krockow Ph.D. on June 28, 2019 in Stretching Theory
Have you ever gone shopping for a rain coat—and instead returned with a new summer wardrobe? Learning about the psychological traps companies use can help you avoid overspending.
By Kevin Bennett Ph.D. on June 27, 2019 in Modern Minds
Are you a good tipper? Here are a couple of ways to think about it.
By Josh Gonzales M.A. on June 20, 2019 in Points On the Board
In a world filled with risk, Zion Williamson provides the New Orleans Pelicans the perfect combination of potential and safety we all crave.
By Eva M. Krockow Ph.D. on June 17, 2019 in Stretching Theory
The “confidence heuristic” assumes that people are confident when they think they are right and that this can help others identify the truth. Is this always the case?
By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on June 15, 2019 in Rabble Rouser
The existence of sex bias in science is controversial, with some people, in science & out, with some claiming biases do not occur, and others outraged at such claims. What's true?
By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on June 13, 2019 in Our Innovating Minds
Are you a victim of precrastination? A creative response often takes time!
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on June 03, 2019 in The Science Behind Behavior
Carefully-devised expirations generate social media buzz, trigger regret, & increase a sense of urgency.
By Neil D. Shortland Ph.D., Joseph M. Moran Ph.D., and Laurence J. Alison Ph.D. on May 31, 2019 in Conflict
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