The Common Thread in Every Social Influence Strategy

Pop quiz: Imagine that you need another person to help you with something. Of the three requests below, which one is the most likely to be effective? “Will you help me?” “Won’t you help me?” “You will help me, won’t you?”   (We will help you by giving the answer below.)   The ability to influence other people can determine your […]

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Your Aging Brain: 3 Misconceptions About “Cognitive Decline”

Cognitive development is an amazing thing. Babies start off understanding very little about the world around them, and largely unable to consciously learn or remember anything. As development continues, we increasingly demonstrate an enormous capacity to learn, communicate, explore, and understand mental and physical aspects of our environments. However it might seem that, at a certain point, cognitive development comes […]

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Learn About Yourself!! Take the Forer Personality Test

Below are 13 statements. Decide—True or False—whether each statement accurately describes you. Then add up the total number that were True. You have a great need for other people to like and admire you. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. While […]

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New Experiences: Awesome or Scary?

What makes someone or something “cool?” It’s a complicated question with several scientific explanations. A large part is explained by the appeal of things that are new and different. New experiences are especially rewarding because they help us gain new physical resources or aid in the development of knowledge, skills, and abilities. There seems to be—across many living creatures—an attraction to the novel […]

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Why You Really Should Apologize for the Polar Vortex

2014 began with a dip in the polar vortex that brought about extremely cold temperatures and a variety of unpleasant outcomes related to such nasty weather. Today, the White House’s “We the Geeks” program brought together a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of extreme weather events, and how they may be related to broader climate change. As we […]

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