How Car Companies Decide You’ll Ride a Mustang or Catch a Tiguan When Volkswagen developed a smallish S.U.V. to meet the segment’s growing demand, it faced a challenge: The truck had no name. A car’s name is crucial — it … Continue reading The car name is…
Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain … Continue reading Meditation on the brain
Brag Wisely In early 2016, Princeton University professor Johannes Haushofer posted a “CV of failures” on his professional website. In the document, he posted a long list of positions, grants, and awards that he had applied for and been rejected … Continue reading Do you hide your failures?
Replication failure: No evidence that big smilers in vintage baseball photos lived longer What’s in a smile? According to a widely reported 2010 study of US major league baseball players, which we covered here at BPS Research Digest, one important … Continue reading Smile and longevity
Emotions interfere with investing decisions more than we thought The stereotype of a high-rolling Wall Street trader is a young, aggressive man oozing with testosterone-fuelled confidence and the nerve to take big risks. In fact, financial professionals are known to … Continue reading Testosterone and financial bubbles
The Psychology of Giving Human Names to Your Stuff According to a 2013 poll from the insurance company Nationwide, around 25 percent of car owners have named their ride. Granted, the survey isn’t exactly scientific, but while the statistic may … Continue reading Treating nonhumans as humans
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