psychology

A reminder about the illusion of framing

John Green reminds us that the people we admire (maybe even feel envious of) may not have it all together like we imagine. And that's okay. We all try to put our best "frame" forward, hoping no one will tilt the camera in a direction that reveals something we're not...

An enemy is one whose story we have not heard – Heineken ad as evidence

This Heineken ad is brilliant. Titled "World's Apart" and produced for the #OpenYourWorld campgain, I unreservedly declare it worth your time to watch to the end. It's a beautiful statement about humanity. An enemy is one whose story we have not heard. ~ Gene Knudsen...

The value of social competition in changing human behavior

Social competition appears to be a vital part of the solution to getting humans to change their behavior. Focusing on doom and gloom just isn't the right message.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkZ7BJQupVA

Gratitude can increase happiness by 25%

Happiness and Gratitude - I tend to agree with Nassim Taleb, that statistical evidence in the social sciences often amounts to little more than lies, but the concept seems worth some self-experimentation. Here's the method... One a week for 10 weeks, write down 5...
Gratitude can increase happiness by 25%

Gratitude can increase happiness by 25%

Happiness and Gratitude - I tend to agree with Nassim Taleb, that statistical evidence in the social sciences often amounts to little more than lies, but the concept seems worth some self-experimentation. Here's the method... One a week for 10 weeks, write down 5...

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Monkeys reject unequal pay or reward

Fascinating the reaction of the monkey that is not paid well for doing the same task as the other monkey. There is a lesson here: Keep pay secret! 🙂 Teasing.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOtlN4pNArk Capuchin monkeys reject unequal pay - YouTube. Full TED Talk...

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The 7 deadly sins…of our society

The 7 deadly sins, a list created, appropriately, by the Catholic Church is familiar to many: Lust Gluttony Greed Sloth Wrath Envy Pride Below is a revised, non-secular list, which also provides insights on our weaknesses. The 7 Deadly Sins of Our Society Apathy...

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Playing video games can improve brain function

Playing video games can improve brain function

Gamers are saying, "We told you so!" Parents are saying, "WTF!?" According to recent studies, playing video games can increase brain function and improve: creativity decision-making hand-eye coordination night vision But at what cost? According to one analyst, if you...

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How Habits Form ~ How Habits Are Broken

How Habits Form ~ How Habits Are Broken

On Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed reporter Charles Duhigg, who has written a book titled The Power of Habit. In the interview Duhigg describes the three-part structure of a habit... Trigger - Something in the environment that triggers or cue's the habit's routine...

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Can we ever forgive and forget a porn star’s past?

Can we ever forgive and forget a porn star’s past?

This is a story about shame. In November of 2011, former adult film actress Sasha Grey dropped by Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA and read children's stories to 1st and 3rd graders. The event was supposedly part of the school's "celebrity guest reader"...

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How facts backfire

This scares me... Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change our minds. In fact, quite the opposite. In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were...

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