Monkeys stick with stuff that isn’t working, too

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.

Anna Varela - Georgia State • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

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6 tips for sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions

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.

Michele Berger-Penn • futurity
Jan. 8, 2021 ~9 min

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How to set good New Year’s resolutions for 2021

An expert on motivation has advice for creating New Year's resolutions for 2021. For starters, consider others.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Dec. 24, 2020 ~8 min

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How your brain decides to put in effort

If you want more coffee, but the pot is empty, is it worth getting up and brewing some more? Researchers have figured out how your brain decides.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Dec. 10, 2020 ~9 min

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The urge to punish is not only about revenge – unfairness can unleash it, too

Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.

Paul Deutchman, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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Faith and politics mix to drive evangelical Christians' climate change denial

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.

Adrian Bardon, Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~10 min

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Cats prefer free meals over working for food

Unlike most animals, cats will usually choose a free lunch over having to complete a task to get their food, researchers say.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~3 min

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To find success, practice a strategic mindset

Experiments indicate that the learnable strategic mindset gets people where they want to go.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~5 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.'

Adrian Bardon, Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~9 min

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More people pedal to work in bike-share cities

More people bike to work in cities with bike-share systems, a new study shows. But convenience is key.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~7 min

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