Maybe you’ve heard this one: there’s a runaway trolley car headed toward a fork in the tracks. Standing on one set of tracks, oblivious to the trolley car careening out of control, is a group of five people. On the
Teenagers can get a kick out of taking risks, but all that seems to change when they’re with mom. According to a new study, the adolescent brain processes risk and reward differently when mom is paying attention. In the study,
Often it’s the things we didn’t do that we regret the most – not the things we did do but shouldn’t have. And when we take risks in life, often it’s because we realize that sometimes it’s worse to not
Over the last couple decades, it has become common knowledge that we’ve got some problems with the environment. “Global warming” has become a household word, and people are starting to realize that some of the ways we do things aren’t
In my last post, I wrote that people who’re primed to think about free will tend to make riskier decisions. This is true, but like many things in psychology, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds at first. The
One of the things we can learn from psychology is that a lot of different factors outside our control influence our behavior. And one of those factors itself is whether we believe factors outside our control are influencing our behavior.
We may think of ourselves as smart, rational, educated folks – but we all face biases when making decisions that make most of them less than rational, called cognitive biases. As humans, we have an inherent inability to interpret events
Traveling to Europe or an island in the Caribbean this summer or considering a gap year in a foreign country? If you’re US born, speaking a second language like Spanish or French can certainly make foreign travel easier. Plus, after