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Morality When the Mind is Unknowable

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By Rita A. McNamara

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How Kids Catch Our Social Biases

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By Allison L. Skinner and Kristina R. Olson

The nonverbal messages we send, sometimes unconciously, can play a surprisingly large role

Why We Think We Can Keep Those New Year's Resolutions

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By Benjamin A. Converse and Marie Hennecke

Here we go again. Year after year, with great confidence each time, we choose all the goals we are going to start pursuing next year. Next year, we’ll start eating healthier. Next year, we’ll start going to the gym more. Next year, we won’t check email right before bed. Why do we expect so much from ourselves next year?

Children’s Responses to Inequality Vary Around the World

A drawing of two people, facing a table with items on it and a scale. Another sequence of the image shows the option of rejecting the items and no one receiving anything.

By Peter Blake

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better.” (Attributed to Sophie Tucker)

A colleague receives a larger bonus than you although you feel that you both worked equally hard.  This feels unfair, and makes you upset.  But what if you had received the larger bonus? This situation is also unfair, because equal work is leading to unequal outcomes.  But our experience and our intuitions suggest that we would respond differently to these cases: getting too little credit feels worse—and more unfair—than getting too much credit.

What Do People Find Incompatible with Causal Determinism?

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By Adam Bear

Imagine a universe in which everything that happens is completely caused by whatever happened before it. This is true from the very beginning of the universe, so what happened in the beginning of the universe caused what happened next, and so on right up until the present.

Anxious-Avoidant Duos: Walking on Thin Ice in Relationships and Physical Health

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By Jana Lembke, Fiona Ge, Paula Pietromonaco, and Sally Powers

While the Disney animated film “Frozen” is most famous for its lovable characters and award-winning song “Let it Go,” this kids’ movie can teach us a thing or two about attachment styles in close relationships and the important interplay between preferences for intimacy versus independence in relationships.  In “Frozen,” the relationship difficulties that can occur when attachment goals clash are most evident between the two protagonists, sisters Elsa and Anna.

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