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Overconfidence Could Land You a Date But Lose Your Next Bet

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By Jennider Santisi

An overconfident person is more likely to enter a contest even when the odds are stacked against them, or start a business even if it’s likely to fail. So why is overconfidence prevalent when there’s such a risk associated with having that personality trait?

The Best Time Machine Money Can’t Buy

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By Eric Horowitz

The dimension of time remains an unexplorable frontier and constant constraint. It always moves at the rate of second per second. The silver lining for humans is that we have an imagination that doesn’t face these limitations. We can think about next week, then jump 20 years into the past, then think about what might happen in an hour. Any moment our minds wander to another era we become mental time travelers.

Carrots vs. Cookies: The Struggle Is Real For Students

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By Meredith Wise

If you put a carrot and a cookie in front of a child, which do you think most will pick? Self-control in the face of sugary goodness as an adult can be tough. And for kids, it’s even harder.

Childhood obesity is a massive epidemic in the United States―nearly one in three children and teens are overweight or obese. Foundations and others across the country are pouring money into eliminating the issue: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation alone has set aside $1 billion just for that purpose.

Expressing Anger and Altruism on Facebook

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By Jennifer Santisi

Sketches of emotions that were used to create Facebook’s emoticons. Credit: Matt Jones

Charles Darwin described 50 emotional states, such as anxiety, fear, embarrassment and guilt, in his book The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals, written in 1872. Darwin’s descriptions were used by a Pixar animator Matt Jones to sketch what each emotional state looks like. Jones’ sketches eventually morphed into the 16 emoticons we recognize today on Facebook.

How Your Boss’s Ethics Can Hurt Your Career

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By Takuya Sawaoka

[This article originally appeared as an Op-Ed on LiveScience here]

Professionals may believe they can maintain an ethical reputation by merely refraining from morally questionable practices: Don’t steal, cheat, or bully others. But this alone is not enough. If a higher-up in your organization is found guilty of unethical behavior, your reputation can become tainted merely because you work at the same place.

Self-Affirmations Work by Broadening Perspective on the Self

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By Clayton Critcher 

People are remarkably resilient. They bounce back from double faulting to lose a tennis match, lead relatively happy lives despite failing to pass the first round of qualification for Jeopardy, and persist in submitting papers for publication even after being told by a snarky reviewer that it might be time to read an intro social psychology textbook. Such evidence can be found not only from my own life, but also from a large empirical literature that attests to people’s talent at maintaining a sense of adequacy, worth, and esteem.

The social psychology of climate change

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By Kelly Fielding

The European Journal of Social Psychology recently had a special issue on the social psychology of climate change, edited by Kelly Fielding, Matthew Hornsey, and Janet Swim. The issue can be accessedhere.)

Why are Americans turning to extreme leaders?

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By Jin Woork Chang, Nazli Turan, and Rosalind Chow