The "sunk costs" phenomenon, where we keep at a task even if it's not working because of time we've already invested, influences monkeys, too.
Jan. 11, 2021 • ~6 min
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Research on self-awareness and motivation can help you stick with your New Year's resolutions. Here are six tips to help you keep going.
Jan. 8, 2021 • ~9 min
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Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.
Sept. 30, 2020 • ~6 min
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Few white evangelicals in the U.S. say they believe in human-made climate change. This strand of science denial seems to have as much to do with conservative politics as the Bible's teachings.
Sept. 9, 2020 • ~10 min
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Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don't fit their worldview
Whether in situations relating to scientific consensus, economic history or current political events, denialism has its roots in what psychologists call 'motivated reasoning.'
June 25, 2020 • ~9 min
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