How Google Got Its Employees to Eat Their Vegetables Tina Williams eats greens for breakfast every day. She didn’t always. There was a time when the only vegetables she regularly ate were canned corn or potatoes. But Williams works at … Continue reading Google’s healthy food
The Mother of All Cognitive Illusions Voters generally, and prosperous voters in particular, suffer from what I call the mother of all cognitive illusions: they believe that having to pay higher taxes would make it more difficult to buy what … Continue reading Higher taxes make us feel bad
What does your internal monologue say about your mental health? Psychologists the world over were likely exchanging virtual knowing glances a couple of days ago when a thread about the universal existence of inner monologues popped off on Twitter. The … Continue reading How to replace negative thoughts
Amy Orben: ‘To talk about smartphones affecting the brain is a slippery slope’ Amy Orben is a research fellow at Emmanuel College and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. She works in the field … Continue reading Smartphones in the brain
Why are pop songs getting sadder than they used to be? Are popular songs today happier or sadder than they were 50 years ago? In recent years, the availability of large digital datasets online and the relative ease of processing … Continue reading Positive vs negative emotions
Can we have prosperity without growth? In 1930, the English economist John Maynard Keynes took a break from writing about the problems of the interwar economy and indulged in a bit of futurology. In an essay entitled “Economic Possibilities for … Continue reading The critique of economic growth
Psychology Still Skews Western and Affluent. Can It Be Fixed? When Cristine Leagare gives talks to groups of psychology researchers, she likes to take a quick poll of the room. How many of them, she asks, consider themselves to be … Continue reading Are humans alike enough?