Researcher Walter Mischel’s most famous contribution was the marshmallow test, a widely replicated experiment that explored the connection between saving and psychology. Economics correspondent Paul Solman remembers Mischel, who died last week at the age of 88.
Sometimes acknowledging our weaknesses and limitations can actually make us stronger, suggests Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, author and podcast host. But like arguing, there are constructive ways of giving feedback that can make another person feel like you're trying…
By Nsikan Akpan, Julia Griffin
A new study shows moving to an open office dramatically cuts face-to-face conversations, but architects say not all open offices should be treated equal.
Americans gave up 74 million hours of Thanksgiving in 2016 due to fears of political strife, according to a study published Thursday in Science Magazine.
The welfare of humankind has never been better, according to psychologist Steven Pinker, but whether it continues to get better depends on making collective wellbeing our goal and using science and reason to achieve it. Pinker, who pushes his case…
Two new documentaries on Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall spotlight the complicated and contrasting paths they took toward scientific greatness.
By Jaeha Lee, The Conversation
New research shows how human emotions affect the likelihood to misbehave on Black Friday, as well as a significant difference between men and women.
By Arash Javanbakht, Linda Saab, The Conversation
We may pretend that we do not like fear, but Halloween proves otherwise. Many of us enjoy being scared. But why?…
By Gail Heyman, The Conversation
Racial bias is associated with dehumanizing social groups different from your own. Psychologists trained kids to differentiate individuals of another race – with lasting effects on their biases.
By Travis Daub
The internet and interconnectedness of the world has aided the spread of extremist ideologies like white supremacy. But researchers are seeking ways to turn social media into a megaphone for facts and alternative narratives as a way to turn people…
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