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Want to Know Why You Procrastinate?

Research on consumer behavior provides useful insights into why we procrastinate but what to do about depends on what you do with the information.
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What is the Science Behind the Spread of Fake News?

We can learn a lot from science about the spread of fake news but what can we do to stop its dissemination and repair the damage?
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What Can We Learn About Fatherhood From Science?

What does biological science tell us about fatherhood? A scientist explores some scientific studies on brain and hormonal changes that have evolved to be sure we nurture our young.
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A Spoonful of Empathy Helps the Medicine Go Down

A recent study confirmed that doctors who use positive language reduce patient pain by a similar amount to drugs. Other trials show that positive messages have numerous benefits, ranging from helping Parkinson's patients move their hands faster to reducing how much pain medication patients use.
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What Helps to Ensure Cooperation in Diverse Societies?

A study of post-war Bosnia provides insights into what helps (and what doesn't) when it comes to ensuring cooperation in diverse societies. The findings are highly relevant to the divisiveness in U.S. society today.

Random Thoughts on ‘The Theory of Everything’

Stephen Hawking overcame the physical affliction of his degenerative neurologic disease (ALS) with his soaring optimism going on to become one of the world's most famous theoretical physicists. Unique aspects of the human brain help explain why.
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The Roots of Inequality and What We Can Do About It

Our genes, brain, and psychology all conspire to generate inequality in our highly developed societies. But it wasn't always so. When and why has inequality become so entrenched?
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Cooperation in the Age of the Gerrymander

In the past, cooperation for mutual benefit was so biologically advantageous that it was hard-wired in the brain, but politics may have changed the rules of the game.
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Getting Hit By A Truck Taught Me The Power of Love

After being hit by a truck and critically injured, Vicki learned that the power of love and goodness from strangers can change your life in unexpected ways.
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Are Political Views Hard-Wired in the Brain?

There is still a big gap in our knowledge between fixation of memories in the brain and fixed political views, but we know when experiences are embedded in long-term memory, thick protein bridges between the neurons "solidify" the circuits.
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TedMed17: Chimpanzee Politics, Ebola, Music after Heartbreak

Day 1 of TedMed 2017 featured talks on chimpanzee politics, the sad aftermath of the Liberian Ebola epidemic, and new music created by Zoe Keating after her tragic loss.
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Was James Damore Right About Women in Tech?

In a viral memo from Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, James Damore lists personality differences that he says explain why women are less adept than men at software engineering.