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Does thinking about scarcity make people more selfish or generous?

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By Caroline Roux

As a graduate student, I often felt that money was tight, time was insufficient, sleep was a rare commodity, and food was lacking in the house. Objectively, my stipend provided me with a decent living, I managed my time efficiently most days, I slept a decent amount of hours most nights, and I always had something to eat at home. Subjectively, however, I often thought about these resources in terms of scarcity, or “not having enough.”

Can Lego cars reveal the key to effective communication?

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By Katharine Greenaway

Miscommunication is often a matter of minor misunderstandings. In 1999 the $125 million Mars orbiter was destroyed entering the planet’s atmosphere because one spacecraft team made calculations in imperial measurements while another used metric. Thirteen years earlier, the Space Shuttle Challenger famously exploded 73 seconds into its flight due to a tragic failure of communication between different departments at NASA. These examples are extreme, but the bottom line is that miscommunication costs time, money, and sometimes lives.

Psychology News Round-Up (April 3rd)

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By Dave Nussbaum

Psychology News Round-Up (March 27th)

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Psychology News Round-Up (March 21st)

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Psychology News Round-Up (March 9th)

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  • Happy belated round-up! Things have been busy with the #SPSP2015 conference in Long Beach, be sure to check out all our conference posts!

Psychology News Round-Up (February 20th)

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  • This week Caroline Roux explored whether thinking about scarcity makes people more selfish or more altruistic, and Katharine Greenaway wondered whether Lego cars could reveal keys to effective communication.

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Psychology News Round-Up (February 13th)

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By Dave Nussbaum

Psychology News Round-Up (February 6th)

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Psychology News Round-Up (January 30th)

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