Psychology

Why Be “Nudged” Toward Better Decisions?

Read the profile of Cass Sunstein in the May 2014 issue of The Atlantic! Follow @CassSunstein From last minute impulse buying at the grocery store to the way we treat the environment, it goes without saying that we are sometimes prone to making decisions that are not in our own best

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Message: Don’t Look to Suicide, Stay with Us

Follow @freudeinstein Twenty years ago, the suicide of Kurt Cobain shook not only the alternative music scene, but much of popular culture as we know it. The infamous 27 Club, which then included musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison, and more recently, Amy Winehouse, was mainly a

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Goodreads Giveaway: Win a Copy of “It’s Complicated” by danah boyd

Goodreads is hosting a February book giveaway of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd. Enter now to win your free copy of this timely book that analyzes teenage behavior on social networking sites and how it affects the personal development of today’s teenagers. In the meantime, you can

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Teens and Technology: Why Your Child Spends So Much Time Online

Follow @zephoria Follow @yaleSCIbooks It’s a common sight these days to see young people glued to their smartphones, tablets, and assorted other electronic devices–and that continues to confuse and worry many parents. Why do teenagers text their friends instead of talking to them when they’re in the same room? Are

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Lifestreaming: What Happens When We Share Our Lives Online?

Read a piece from Alice Marwick on why “social media is making us anxious and paranoid” on Medium.com!  (13-min read) Follow @alicetiara Follow @yaleSCIbooks In her new book, Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age, Alice E. Marwick explores how Web 2.0–or social media–encourages a preoccupation with

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For the Agony and Ecstasy of Remembrance

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Søren Kierkegaard We constantly seek to delay the inconveniences of mortality for as long as humanly possible, as can be seen in the launch of Google’s startup Calico as well as the deluge of anti-aging products and

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App-enabled or App-dependent?

How does the “Facebook marriage” option change the kind of relationships young people form? At what point does texting to stay in touch with friends and family become texting to maintain safety blanket of connectivity? Why do kids need school when they can look up the answers to all of

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On Suicide and the New Manifesto Against It

Follow @yaleRELIbooks Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, felt the terrible effects of suicide twice in two years. The loss of two friends and fellow poets, the second of which seemed prompted by the first, inspired Hecht to write a column for The Best American

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On Friendship: A Conversation with A.C. Grayling

Renowned philosopher and writer A.C. Grayling, author of Friendship, has spent much time consider the connections formed between two people. Hear him speak about these bonds in this interview and video with Yale University Press, London! Yale University Press:  How important is friendship in the twenty-first century? A.C. Grayling:  Friendship has

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Finding Joy and Wisdom in the Unexpected: Raising a Child with a Disability

Follow @yaleSCIbooks Read a post by Rachel Adams on the New York Times “Motherlode” blog!   Rachel Adams held a long-time fascination with freaks and admired those who embraced their otherness by resisting attempts to be normalized by society. But after years of studying freaks—many of whom today would be

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