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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.

How the Science of Human Behavior is Beginning to Reshape US Government

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By Dave Nussbaum

Back in September, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that marked a major turning point in the role that behavioral science plays in helping the federal government achieve policy goals.

Men and women biased about studies of STEM gender bias – in opposite directions

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By David Miller

In 2012, an experiment on gender bias shook the scientific community by showing that science faculty favor male college graduates over equally qualified women applying for lab manager positions. Though the study was rigorous, many didn’t believe it.

Why Do We Mispredict? Exploring the Mechanisms of Affective & Behavioral Forecasting

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By Rimma Teper

The benefits of knowing thyself have been discussed by philosophers and scholars for centuries. As William Shakespeare wrote, “Of all knowledge, the wise and good seek most to know themselves.” Centuries earlier, Lao Tsu professed, “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.”

Powerful Ideas: Cultural Psychology and the Transformation of Societies

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By Séamus Power

A review of Culture and Social Change: Transforming Societies through the Power of Ideas. Brady Wagoner, Eric Jensen, and Julian A. Oldmeadow, eds. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 2012. 358 pp. This review is reprinted from Ethos: Journal for Psychological Anthropology with permission. 

Accurate First Impressions Leave a Lasting Impression

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By Lauren Human

Everyone knows first impressions are important. They can potentially determine whether you get the job, a second date, or develop a friendship. But what does it really mean to make a good impression? Of course, to make a good impression you need to be seen positively, but could there be more to it than that? Perhaps it is also important to be seen accurately – to have other people understand what personality traits make you uniquely you.

Me, My Brain, and I

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By Elliot Berkman