We Americans are obsessed with telling our life stories. And it’s not just politicians and celebrities (Did you know that former President Jimmy Carter wrote eight memoirs?). Stories aren’t just for the famous; there are memoirs written by ordinary people … Continue reading
Pick a card, any card, says the magician. Though seemingly offered a choice to pick whichever card you want, in a majority of the cases your brain has already fallen right into the magician’s trap.
Associating one’s own negative trait with a related positive characteristic can increase productivity in that area, according to a New York University study.
Days before Halloween, the price of cocoa, and therefore chocolate bars, is up. But Ebola isn’t actually threatening the cocoa supply in West Africa, says commodities trader David Martin. Instead, the market is reacting to human fears, and for traders like him, that spells good news. Continue reading
Two brothers from a military family were lost in separate tragedies just months apart. Jeff Graham was killed while on duty in Iraq; his younger brother Kevin, a ROTC cadet, took his own life during a bout of depression. Yochi Dreazen, author of “The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War,” talks to Jeffrey Brown about the Graham family’s story and the stigma of suicide. Continue reading
If taught young, self-control skills can have strong protective effects, even helping those whose vulnerabilities might make them more likely to fall behind economically. That’s according to Walter Mischel, author of “The Marshmallow Test,” in part four of his conversation with Paul Solman. Continue reading
Each of us has our own temptations, says Walter Mischel, author of “The Marshmallow Test.” For Mischel, it was smoking. For Clinton, it was junk food. Having the willpower to resist, Mischel explains, requires making the long-term consequences of each of those things more emotionally salient. Continue reading
The first step to overcoming temptations, like eating the marshmallow, is figuring out what makes us “hot.” All of our behavior is localized, says “The Marshmallow Test” author Walter Mischel, and our vulnerabilities are no exception. Continue reading
Given the popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge this summer, you might think Americans are a fairly generous group. Indeed, more than $100 million has been raised for the ALS Association. But although we enjoy, and benefit from, giving money voluntarily, research from the University of Notre Dame suggests we’re not that good at it. That’s what researchers Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson call the “Paradox of Generosity.” Continue reading
All brands carry their own messaging about how we should look and act. And we take our cues from them — whether it’s a Starbucks Americano or a Harley Davidson motorcycle — to shape our own identities, says marketing professor Wahyd Vannoni. Continue reading