Plight of the funny female

A few years ago, Laura Mickes was teaching her reg­ular under­grad­uate class on child­hood psy­cho­log­ical dis­or­ders at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia, San Diego. It was a weighty sub­ject, so occasionally […]

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The front-​​runner fallacy

Of course, some­times the early polls do get it right. Typ­i­cally this hap­pens in races with few com­peti­tors, as when then–Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore led the Demo­c­ratic field throughout 1999, […]

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How surge pricing works

Three com­puter sci­en­tists studying Uber’s surge pricing have devised a simple rec­om­men­da­tion for thwarting the algo­rithm: Walk. The car-​​​​service app increases prices when demand for the ser­vice is higher than normal, […]

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Finding solidarity in disaster

Yet that does not mean that gov­ern­ment policy is unim­por­tant. Daniel Aldrich, a polit­ical sci­en­tist, showed that in a series of Asian dis­as­ters, vil­lages with stronger and more par­tic­i­pa­tory local […]

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The kindness cure

How do you cul­ti­vate com­pas­sion? How do you ensure that at the end of the day, it’s your kind­ness and gen­erosity for which you’ll be remem­bered? It’s a good question, […]

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What happened to ISIS’s leader?

As North­eastern Uni­ver­sity ter­rorism scholar Max Abrahms notes, the removal of ter­rorist leaders often means more civilian deaths as a result of weak­ened lead­er­ship and the del­e­ga­tion of deci­sions to […]

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Hard feelings: Science’s struggle to define emotions

Psy­chology is really exper­i­mental phi­los­ophy,” says Lisa Feldman Bar­rett, a uni­ver­sity dis­tin­guished pro­fessor of psy­chology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, and the author of the forth­coming book How Emo­tions Are Made. Biology, […]

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Is ISIS’s social-​​media power exaggerated?

Max Abrahms, a political-​​​​science pro­fessor and ter­rorism spe­cialist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, sus­pects the number is lower than many people believe. “There are other groups”—such as Boko Haram in Nigeria—“that have […]

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