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The Marketplace in Your Brain - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Category: Behavior

From chronicle.com

Neuroeconomics came into being around the turn of this century, growing out of a critique of the basic idea in economics that people are driven by rational attempts to maximize their own happiness. A new breed of behavioral economists had noted that in reality, individual definitions of "maximize" and "happiness" seemed to vary.

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Can Evolutionary Stories Explain the Human Mind? : The New Yorker

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.newyorker.com

The guilty secret of psychology and of behavioral economics is that their experiments and surveys are conducted almost entirely with people from Western, industrialized countries, mostly of college age, and very often students of psychology at colleges in the United States.

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Imaginary Presidents and Imaginary Gods: The Real “Empty Chair” Effect Bering in Mind, Scientific American Blog

Monday, September 10, 2012
Category: Behavior

From blogs.scientificamerican.com

If our ancestors thought that they were alone and/or could get away with something, but in fact were underestimating other people’s finding out, then the illusion of a concerned “invisible agent” would have helped them to inhibit selfish, impulsive decisions that could have seriously compromised their reputations, and hence their genetic interests.

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Beyond a joke: the truth about why we laugh Books The Observer

Friday, September 7, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.guardian.co.uk

In our politically correct, feel-good, be-happy time we are shielded from " and underestimate " the dark side of laughter that was better known to the ancients. If you think laughter is benign, be aware that laughter is present during the worst atrocities, from murder, rape and pillage in antiquity to the present.

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Punishing Cheaters Promotes the Evolution of Cooperation The Primate Diaries, Scientific American Blog Network

Friday, August 31, 2012
Category: Behavior

From blogs.scientificamerican.com

A key problem when trying to understand the evolution of cooperation has been the issue of cheaters. Individuals in a social group, whether that group is composed of bacteria, cichlids, chimpanzees, or people, often benefit when cooperating with others who reciprocate the favor.

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Are You a Hero or a Bystander? - WSJ.com

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Category: Behavior

From online.wsj.com

It is hard to know for sure who will step up and who will freeze up in a crisis. But, amid growing interest in positive psychology, the study of human strengths and virtues, research in recent years has shed light on the qualities and attitudes that distinguish heroes from the rest of us.

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Dan Ariely » Blog Archive Understanding Ego Depletion «

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Category: Behavior

From danariely.com

From your own experience, are you more likely to finish half a pizza by yourself on a) Friday night after a long work week or b) Sunday evening after a restful weekend? The answer that most people will give, of course, is “a”.

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How “god” evolved « EvoAnth

Sunday, August 26, 2012
Category: Behavior

From evoanth.wordpress.com

Anthropologists have managed to identify certain factors which seem to be associated with the rise of complex religious beliefs (such as the “high” god). Notably, social and economic complexity. For example, animal sacrifice and altars in the Near East are consistently preceded by groups acquiring surplus food (and the economic and social changes associated with such an acquisition).

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The Benefits of Bonding with Batman -

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.psmag.com

For men, it turns out, close identification with a superhero can have psychological benefits—and perhaps even physical ones. “Muscular superheroes change men’s body image,” a research team led by University of Buffalo psychologist Ariana Young reports in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

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′Losing Yourself′ In A Fictional Character Can Affect Your Real Life - Ohio State Research and Innovation Communicat

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Category: Behavior

From researchnews.osu.edu

When you “lose yourself” inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts to match that of the character, a new study suggests.

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