How US kids’ problems with fractions reveal the fascinating link between language and maths Cast your mind back to your teenage maths lessons. Without a calculator, would you have been able to estimate the answer to the following sum? 12/13 … Continue reading Is mathematics natural or man-made?
For people in Japan, happiness isn’t associated with better health Feeling positive emotions is good for your physical health, right? There’s certainly evidence in support of the idea. But it’s mostly come from studies of people living in Western countries. … Continue reading The Japanese way to happiness
The Trump-Goldfinger Illusion Remember the duck-rabbit illusion? It can be seen both as a duck and as a rabbit. If you first see it as a duck and later notice that it can also be seen as a rabbit, your … Continue reading It all starts with perception
Poverty and the Developing Brain People love “Rags to Riches” stories—those sanguine tales in which someone who grew up in poverty manages to become extremely wealthy and professionally successful. These stories breathe life into the American Dream, inspire hope, and … Continue reading Does poverty shrink hippocampus?
Waking up at 5 a.m. probably won’t make you more productive — here’s what will You’ve heard the stories. Apple CEO Tim Cook wakes up at 3:45 every morning. Both Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey have alarms that … Continue reading Productivity and sleep
This nonprofit uses behavioral science to nudge people towards making good choices People don’t always act in their best self-interest. They know they should save more for retirement, but never actually increase their contributions to a retirement plan. They know … Continue reading Helping organisations
Deregulation of Air-Safety Rules Can Be a Model The Trump administration has a real opportunity to deliver on its promise to streamline the regulatory state. That opportunity comes from the proposed elimination of more than 50 regulations imposed on the … Continue reading To Deregulate, or Not