Posted on Jan 27th, 2013 0 3796
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Exercise or diet? How to shed extra weight

In a series of studies across five countries on three continents, research to be published in the journal Psychological Science, shows whether a person believes obesity is caused by overeating or by a...
Posted on Oct 8th, 2012 0 3017
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Are powerful people less stressed?

A higher rank was associated with less anxiety and lower levels of a stress hormone, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“We live as social beings in a stratified...
Posted on Sep 15th, 2012 0 4169
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Want to cut calories? Add mood lighting

“When we did a makeover of a fast-food restaurant, we found that softer music and lighting led diners to eat 175 fewer calories and enjoy it more,” says lead author Brian Wansink, professor of marketi...
Posted on Aug 28th, 2012 0 2338
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‘Stores of the future’ must embrace mobile

A recent study by researchers at Monash University’s Australian Centre for Retail Studies (ACRS) looked at the role of the physical store within the context of multichannel retailing, and explored wha...
Posted on Aug 16th, 2012 0 3808
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For blacks, marriage doesn’t lengthen life

“This finding implies that marriage and cohabitation have very different meanings for blacks and whites,” says Michigan State University sociologist Hui Liu, the study’s lead researcher.The study, pub...
Posted on Aug 13th, 2012 0 2819
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How the brain reacts to the taste of fat

The research, reported in the journal Chemosensory Perception, could offer the food industry clues for how to make less fatty food products without negatively affecting their overall taste and enjoyme...
Posted on Jul 17th, 2012 0 2424
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To be a winner, learn from ‘losers’

Successful people don’t like to have their success explained by luck, while audiences, too, seem unwilling to acknowledge the role of luck in determining success. As a result, the stories of the most ...
Posted on Jul 11th, 2012 0 2298
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‘Seeds’ are key to viral marketing on YouTube

“The identification of effective seeds (or primary authors) is not only key to the success of these campaigns, but also an important factor in estimating the return on investment from a manager’s pers...
Posted on Jul 11th, 2012 0 3483
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Corporate political gifts go unrewarded

Researchers at Rice University and Long Island University investigated the relationship between corporate political activity and financial returns on a set of 943 S&P 1500 firms between 1998 and 2008....
Posted on Jun 29th, 2012 0 3394
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Planet may be near tipping point, study warns

Most current predictions of environmental change are based on extrapolations from current trends. But what if that isn’t an accurate picture of the future? What if we are approaching a critical thresh...
Posted on Jun 19th, 2012 0 2550
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Edible ‘stop signs’ remind us to eat less

As part of an experiment carried out with two groups of college students (98 students total) while they were watching video clips in class, researchers from theCornell University Food and Brand Lab se...
Posted on May 1st, 2012 0 2374
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Facebook brush-off as bad as real thing

“If you’ve ever felt bad about being ‘ignored’ on Facebook, you’re not alone,” says Joshua Smyth, professor of biobehavioral health and of medicine at Penn State.“Facebook—with its approximately 800 m...
Posted on Apr 21st, 2012 0 2349
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When global money talks, it speaks English

Countries that have English as at least one of their official languages, or whose main languages are linguistically close to English have higher rates of investment in other countries. Countries with ...
Posted on Apr 11th, 2012 0 2288
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Apple proves two gadgets are better than one

A new study shows multi-product launches help attract early adopters and build a network of individuals and companies that develop applications.Hemant Bhargava, a professor at the Graduate School of M...
Posted on Apr 6th, 2012 0 8671
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‘We’ factor: The language of love

“Individuality is a deeply ingrained value in American society, but, at least in the realm of marriage, being part of a ‘we’ is well worth giving up a bit of ‘me,’” says Robert Levenson, psychology pr...
Posted on Apr 5th, 2012 0 3236
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Is money the ultimate pain reliever?

In a recent study, Kathleen Vohs, an associate professor of marketing at theUniversity of Minnesota , had one group of subjects count cash and another count slips of paper. Soon after, she asked ...
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2012 0 4560
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Power of political TV ads overrated

In an experiment, people who viewed negative political advertising said the advertisements had little effect on their own opinions, but believed the ads would have a greater influence on others, says ...
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2012 5 2375
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Emotions, not facts, drive investors to sell

“Having sold a stock, investors are disappointed if it continues to rise, and regret having sold it in the first place,” says Brad Barber, a professor in the Graduate School of Management at the ...
Posted on Mar 28th, 2012 0 3514
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Ovulating women dress to impress

“The desire for women at peak fertility to unconsciously choose products that enhance appearance is driven by a desire to outdo attractive rival women,” says Kristina Durante, a post-doctoral fellow a...
Posted on Mar 28th, 2012 0 4192
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What makes us happy can make us sad

“Most of us spend much of our time and effort focused on individual achievements such as work, hobbies, and schooling,” says Shira Gabriel, associate professor of psychology at University at Buff...