The Endowment Effect

As an entrepreneur owner-manager of a successful business, would you be willing to buy your business today at the same value that you would agree to sell it? According to Kahneman, Knetsch, and Thaler, people exhibit the endowment effect when they ...

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Ingredients of Happiness Around the World

In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed that all humans seek to fulfill a hierarchy of needs, which he represented with a pyramid. The pyramid's base, which he believed must come first, signified basic needs (for food, sleep and sex, ...

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Married, With Infidelities

Last month, when the New York congressman Anthony Weiner finally admitted that he had lied, that his Twitter account had not been hacked, that he in fact had sent a picture of his thinly clad undercarriage to a stranger in Seattle, I asked my wife ...

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Teachers to help spot mental issues - Singapore

With youths spending the greater part of the day in school, teachers are probably best placed to spot signs of distress in their charges. This early intervention can help prevent psychological issues from taking root and developing into major mental ...

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Boring jobs lead to burnout

Having a boring job can leave you just as vulnerable to burnout than one which leaves you rushed off your feet, say psychiatrists. They believe there is a distinct category of "underchallenged" employees who end up finding they simply cannot take ...

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Video Game Violence: What the Science Shows

The Supreme Court decided today that it's unconstitutional for the state of California to bar minors from buying violent video games (here's the WSJ story). The 2005 law, which never took effect, violates children and adolescents' right to freedom ...

Jun 30

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The Six Best Ways to Decrease Your Anxiety

We all know the uncomfortable feeling of anxiety. Our hearts race, our fingers sweat, and our breathing gets shallow and labored. We experience racing thoughts about a perceived threat that we think is too much to handle. That's because our "fight ...

Jun 29

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Possible Brain Damage in Young Adult Binge-Drinkers Revealed in New ...

It's considered a rite of passage among young people -- acting out their independence through heavy, episodic drinking. But a new University of Cincinnati study, the first of its kind nationally, is showing how binge drinking among adolescents and ...

Jun 28

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Healthy Digital Habits for Babies

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is taking a sensible lead for the 21st century and updating its policy on technology and screen time from birth to age 3. The proactive association recognizes that technology and ...

Jun 27

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Smartphone App Helps You Find Friends in a Crowd

Can a smartphone app enable meaningful, face-to-face conversation? Engineers are trying to find out, with software that helps people locate their friends in a crowd -- and make new friends who share similar interests.The software, called eShadow, ...

Jun 24

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Stress in the City: Brain Activity and Biology Behind Mood Disorders ...

Being born and raised in a major urban area is associated with greater lifetime risk for anxiety and mood disorders. Until now, the biology for these associations had not been described. A new international study, which involved Douglas Mental ...

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Looking at Autism from 'The Other Side'

Years ago, when I was struggling to accept my oldest daughter Katie's diagnosis of high functioning autism ("Why our kid, Mike? Why does she have to be different? It's so not fair!"), I picked up a book that changed my life. The book, Autism and the ...

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Sexting and Infidelity in Cyberspace: Humans Are Still Social ...

Although sex and infidelity are now only a keyboard away, at the end of the day, there is no substitute for physical, face-to-face contact in our sexual relationships. That's according to a new study by Diane Kholos Wysocki, from the University of ...

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How To Overcome Shyness

When I was a teenager, I was afflicted with terrible shyness. Not in every context or with all people - mostly just with girls. Not unlike millions of other adolescent males, when in the presence of a girl I found attractive, I would become tongue ...

Jun 20

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When Valuing Happiness Backfires

My friend Lauren (not her real name) once told me the story of how, in the middle of her depression a few years ago, she often stopped in the middle of a very positive experience to ask herself “…but am I really happy?” The effect, she said, ...

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