What can The Ultimatum Game tell us about how people cooperate?

ometimes games have a lot to teach us about human nature, other times they're just games. One game that some economists and psychologists claim has much to teach us is called The Ultimatum Game. The game is very simple. It's played between two ...

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Why women prefer weaker men

Early humans became monogomous because women evolved to prefer reliable providers over macho alpha males, a study has found. While physically imposing men hold a certain appeal, women long ago evolved to value qualities like loyalty and ...

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What Your Facebook Picture Says About Your Background

For millions of its Western users, the picture they choose to illustrate themselves on Facebook is an important decision to make. They know it can be the first impression that anyone in the world receives of them, so they're often deeply conscious ...

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Edible Stop Signs? A Few Red Chips in the Stack Cut Snacking in Half

Once you pop the top of a tube of potato chips, it can be hard to stop munching its contents. But Cornell researchers may have found a novel way to help: Add edible serving size markers that act as subconscious stop signs.

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Why We Lie

We like to believe that a few bad apples spoil the virtuous bunch. But research shows that everyone cheats a little—right up to the point where they lose their sense of integrity. We tend to think that people are either honest or dishonest. In ...

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Is that smile real or fake?

Do you smile when you’re frustrated? Most people think they don’t — but they actually do, a new study from MIT has found. What’s more, it turns out that computers programmed with the latest information from this research do a better job of ...

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3 Ways that Love Helps Your Health

To understand the health benefits of love in a relationship, it’s important to understand the meaning and definition of love. Love has so many meanings and interpretations. Countless people in the world struggle with defining what love really ...

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Well-educated Couples Have Long Had Better Marriages

Isn’t it interesting that researchers have long known that well-educated people have much better marriages, yet this doesn’t often come up in discussions about the divorce rate? It seems to be a kind of “open secret.” I wonder whether some ...

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'Personality Genes' May Help Account for Longevity

"It's in their genes" is a common refrain from scientists when asked about factors that allow centenarians to reach age 100 and beyond. Up until now, research has focused on genetic variations that offer a physiological advantage such as high levels ...

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Depression and burnout: vicious cycles and the saving grace of ...

A rise in levels of depression contributes to subsequent increases in work burnout, and burnout to later depression, according to new research. However, physical exercise can mitigate and even prevent this vicious cycle. Here's the how: Sharok ...

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Thinking Fast Equals Risky Business

Connections between the speed of thought and feelings of euphoria have been reported in cases of clinical mania. New research now links racing thoughts with risk-taking among the general population. The speed of modern life has increased ...

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Men 'more attracted to women who act dumb'

Men are apparently pre-programmed to seek out women who act dumb as they make easier conquests, according to a study. Researchers said that at their core, the male of the species had changed little since Neanderthal times, when reproduction was ...

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3 Ways to Easily Diffuse Family Tensions

No matter how much you love your family, there’s always that one family member with whom you consistently disagree. Maybe it’s your Aunt Martha, who consistently harps on your weight or your marital status, or maybe it’s your Grandpa Joe – ...

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Positive Words: The Glue to Social Interaction

Words charged with a positive emotional content are used more frequently, thus enhancing human communication. Scientists at ETH Zurich have studied the use of language, finding that words with a positive emotional content are more frequently used ...

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Psychotherapy Wars: The Long and the Short of It

A recent opinion piece in the Sunday New York Times written by a psychotherapist trying to sell a book created quite a furor in the psychotherapeutic community. In this article the author questioned the validity of long term therapy while claiming ...

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