How to defeat the impulse buy

As Thanks­giving approaches, so does the hol­iday shop­ping season. Once again, a day tra­di­tion­ally meant to cel­e­brate grat­i­tude will inau­gu­rate a month of ram­pant con­sumerism. As a psy­chol­o­gist who studies […]

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Skyping the holiday meal

Are you missing the big family gath­ering for Thanks­giving this year? Try dining by Skype. That is what North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dent Made­line Heising did when expen­sive flights and school oblig­a­tions kept […]

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The bumpkinification of the midterm elections

The apoth­e­osis of the modern bumpkin mode has been embodied by Sarah Palin, who nearly found her­self one 72-​​​​year-​​​​old heart­beat from our highest national office. Palin, the starkest example yet […]

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Can you learn self-​​control?

The key, all of these writers say, is to counter some­thing that is emo­tion­ally “hot” — desire, temp­ta­tion, emo­tion — with some­thing “cool” — the brain’s exec­u­tive func­tion. Forcing your­self to […]

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The New York Times: Ebola shocks Europe

Mob­sLab, which is based at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, pro­jected that there is a 50 per­cent chance the Ebola virus could reach Britain and a 75 per­cent chance it could […]

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Can we build a safer internet?

We often take it as a given that the Internet is a cruel place, a nat­ural haven for those who seek to harass and threaten others. But to some people, […]

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What happens when health plans compete

Studies show that market entrances by insurers have a greater effect when there are few in a market, com­pared with when there are already many. (A more pre­cise mea­sure of […]

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