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Hurricane Anxiety

Here is an excerpt of an article in the New Orleans paper Times-Picaune: Productive worrying Hurricanes may stress us out, but they can also spotlight our strengths Friday, September 12, 2008 By Chris Bynum Stress. Tension. Anxiety. Why don’t we just call it...

Predictable Irrational

Here is an excerpt from John Tierney discussing experiments described in Dan Ariely’s new book, Predictably Irrational. In a series of experiments, hundreds of students could not bear to let their options vanish . . . . They played a computer game that paid real...

Perception of the size of a golf hole

Here is an excerpt from PsyBlog discussing how perception is affected. Our lab is currently doing research on how fear can affect perception. Jessica K. Witt, an assistant professor at Purdue University, found that golfers who play well are more likely to actually see...

Affective Forecasting vs. Cognitive Dissonance

Here is an excerpt from an article describing an interview with Steven Pinker. Of note, is how Pinker paid attention to our deficits in affective forecasting (our ability to predict our future happiness) and forgot to pay attention to cognitive dissonance (how we tend...