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Going Mental

Unlocking the secrets of your brain

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Going Mental

How to Build Your Modesty Bootstraps

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about 1 year ago

One of the traits that hampers executives and leaders in many realms is over-confidence.  And so 95 percent of college professors think they have above-average teaching skills.  And Time magazine asked Americans, are you in the top one percent of earners?  And 19 percent of Americans believe they ...

Going Mental

Now is a Great Time to be Studying Human Nature

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about 1 year ago

I think that this is a very exciting time to be studying human nature.  Often people say it’s exciting because of the tremendous breakthroughs we’re making in understanding the brain and the new technologies such as functional magnetic resonance imaging. But I disagree with that, that it’s the new ...

Going Mental

My Pet Peeve with Happiness Research

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about 1 year ago

A pet peeve that I have in the context of happiness research is that it’s called happiness research. I think the word "happiness" doesn’t mean all that much because it confounds satisfaction with life with mood. But more importantly, I think the word conveys a frivolous idea of what the social ...

Going Mental

Group Altruism Pays, Literally

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about 1 year ago

I’m from Cleveland. At the beginning of a downturn in 2008, there were two car dealerships on Mayfield Road. One was Toyota, one was Honda.  Business started to deteriorate and one dealership decided to do furloughs.  So the salesmen and staff just took that afternoon off a week, unpaid.  But ...