Presumed Selfish Imagine that some person or organization is now a stranger, but you are considering forming a relation with them. Imagine further that they have one of two possible reputations: presumed selfish, or presumed pro-social. Assume also that the … Continue reading Are you not selfish enough?
Trust in Government Is Collapsing Around the World On Wednesday, Facebook made an announcement that you’d think would only matter to Facebook users and publishers: It will modify its News Feed algorithm to favor content posted by a user’s friends … Continue reading Do you trust peers over experts?
Money can’t buy happiness? That’s just wishful thinking Money can’t buy happiness: it’s a rarely questioned truism. It also tends to be most enthusiastically embraced by those who have never gone without it. “I’ve tried hard to care about money,” … Continue reading Are rich people less lonely?
The Brain Processes Social Information at High Priority Our brain automatically pays great attention to everyday actions linked to a social context. Researchers from Bochum have verified this fact with the aid of hypnosis. Brain is sensitive for social information. … Continue reading Social competence is for humans
Can Neuroscience Explain Why Some People Are Total Pushovers? Most of us like to think that we’re independent-minded — we tell ourselves we like Adele’s latest album because it suits our taste, not because millions of other people bought it, … Continue reading Social pressure on your brain
The Science of Gratitude I conducted an early Thanksgiving experiment on myself. I was in Reykjavik, Iceland, on a lecture trip. My morning was free, and I took it to write two pages about how lucky I am—something, I’m embarrassed … Continue reading Saying thanks benefits your health
Want to do something good for your health? Try being generous Every day, we are confronted with choices about how to spend our money. Whether it’s thinking about picking up the tab at a group lunch or when a charity … Continue reading Generosity makes you happy