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Reducing temptations by setting better goals

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By: Marina Milyavskaya

Everyone has goals that they strive towards. Whether it is to spend more time with family or eat less junk food, goals are ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives. However, despite the prevalence of goals, failures in self-regulation abound. You need only to look at the current epidemic of obesity and the parallel financial success of the diet industry to know that while many people have goals associated with weight loss and are sinking money into pursuing them, most are failing at these goals.

Being Able to Search the Internet Inflates How Much We Think We Know

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By: Matthew Fisher

Why is the sky blue? Why do we yawn? How is glass made?

Beliefs about innate talent may dissuade students from STEM

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By: David Miller 

This post originally appeared on The Conversation on June 9, 2015. It is reposted with permission.

“It’s OK – not everyone can do difficult math.”

How Fairness Leads to Waste (and One Way to Prevent It)

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By: Shoham Choshen-Hillel, Alex Shaw, and Eugene M. Caruso

Counterfactuals, Knowledge, and Blame

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By: Elizabeth Gilbert

Going along with the crowd: Why do we do it?

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By: Christopher N. Cascio, Christin Scholz & Emily B. Falk