Monthly Archives: October 2008

Happy Halloween!

I’ve always liked Halloween, and it is a special holiday for our family. Mr. F, of course, cannot pass out sub-standard chocolate having worked for Nestle and Mars, so he invests in full-sized See’s candy bars. That’s a bit of […]

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More on the Happiness Gap Between Conservatives and Liberals

We reported previously that the Happiness Gap between conservatives and liberals world-wide was continuing to grow, and new data from the Pew Research Center say that October’s gap is the biggest ever. Unlike the previous report, which focused on differences […]

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Thinking Makes You Hungry

As I sit here and watch my students work on their midterm exams, I feel guilty, and not just because they’re working hard. A study by Jean-Phillipe Chaput and his colleagues (2008) demonstrated that doing intellectually challenging work makes you […]

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What’s in an Avatar? (with apologies to Shakespeare)

Sometimes I actually get to pursue interests outside of biological psychology, and one of my favorite hobbies is the impact of new technologies on behavior. So I jumped at the change to collaborate with Karen on an article for our […]

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People With Autism Make Less Emotional Decisions

Social psychologists have known for a long time that how you present options heavily influences decisions. In one such study, people had a choice to earn $20, or to gamble for $50 and risk getting nothing. If you frame the […]

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