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Nudging Better Behaviors

The more people understand how and why “nudges” are put in place, the more they accept their use, according to research in Behavioral Public Policy. Researchers presented 1,715 participants with examples of behavioral interventions used by the government and the private...

Anxiety and Trust

Anxiety may be associated with a reduced ability to adapt to negative and uncertain social conditions, according to research in Psychological Science. Researchers recruited 350 U.S. participants–about a quarter of whom had symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder–to play a trust...

Pain Suppression

A small portion of the amygdala blunts pain by dampening the activity of multiple pain-processing regions of the brain, suggests research with mice in Nature Neuroscience. Researchers used fluorescent markers to hunt for brain regions activated by surgical anesthetics. This...

Bilingual Babies

Babies born into bilingual homes change the focus of their visual attention more frequently and more quickly than babies in monolingual homes, according to research in Royal Society Open Science. Researchers tracked the gaze of 102 infants ages 7 to 9 months...

Cooperating For Cookies

Children are more willing to delay gratification when working with another child to achieve a goal than when working solo, suggests an update of the classic “marshmallow test” published in Psychological Science. Working in both Germany and Kenya, researchers created...