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Our Unfolding Happiness

Questions about happiness are a tricky subject. As Daniel Gilbert points out in his book Stumbling on happiness, "Few of us can accurately gauge how we will feel tomorrow or next week. That's why when you go to the supermarket on an empty stomach, you'll... click to read more

  • Thomas Hills | Professor at University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Views 368
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 11, 2020
The "reasonable irrationality" principle

So, what decisions are considered sound? Foundational theories in neo-classic economics address this question by pointing to the concept of rationality. A rational person is aiming to maximize their preferences, to de facto pursue their self-interests. According to economists, a rational person uses abstract rules,... click to read more

  • Igor Grossmann | Professor at Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Views 624
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 26, 2020
When the girdle of social timing relaxes: Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleep

Do you know these Monday mornings when the alarm clock shakes you out of sleep way too early, and you already yearn for the next weekend, when you can finally lie in again? Actually, this illustrates a common situation in modern societies, where internally or... click to read more

  • Christine Blume | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel; Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • Marlene H. Schmidt | Graduate student at Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel; Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Views 1321
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 9, 2020
Are students learning as much as they think they are? The dangers of fluent lectures

Think back to a college or high school classroom in a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). Your teacher probably talked most of the time, perhaps using the blackboard, a projector, or demonstrations to illustrate specific points. You mostly took notes and occasionally asked... click to read more

  • Louis Deslauriers | Senior Preceptor at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Logan S. McCarty | Lecturer at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Views 1334
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 22, 2020
How scientists communicate

In this project, we found that authors of psychology journal articles tended to make broad generalizations when describing their research findings. Examples include: "Whites and Blacks disagree about how well Whites understand racial experiences," "Animal, but not human, faces engage the distributed face network in... click to read more

  • Jasmine M. DeJesus | Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
  • Maureen A. Callanan | Professor at University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA
  • Susan A. Gelman | Professor at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Views 872
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 16, 2020