Psychology

Want Fewer Calories? Don't Go To A 'Healthy' Restaurant

Health food is extremely popular in America yet obesity levels continue to rise. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research explains that paradox. It turns out that when consumers see a healthy choice, be it drinks, deserts or food, they end up consum ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 29 2007 - 3:02pm

Using Behavioral Economics To Create Healthy Eating Habits

A new research study at Northwestern University is investigating innovative ways to rehabilitate people with lousy health habits. Bonnie Spring, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, says the way to improve ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 5 2007 - 3:43pm

The Bailey Affair: End In Sight?

I welcome the blog from Michael Bailey this morning, and thank him for contributing it. This is the first time I am aware of where an exchange can take place in an open forum. Bailey's passages help make clear where the disagreements exist, which migh ...

Article - Joan Roughgarden - Sep 6 2007 - 12:55am

On The Road From Depression To Recovery, Don't Drive With An Old Map

There has been a lot of recent discussion about recovery from depression, sparked by the results of the largest ever treatment trial (STAR*D) and its indicator that more and new combinations of antidepressant drugs for an increased level of remission were ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 8 2007 - 8:04am

Visual Distortion And The Psychology Of Marketing

If you look at a price and you see larger numbers on the far right, it makes a difference in how you perceive the discount compared to small numbers on the right even if the actual differences are the same, according to a new study from the Journal of Cons ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 9 2007 - 2:59pm

Men Most Likely To Change Habits And Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center are reporting in the September issue of the American Heart Journal that women with a family history of heart disease are less likely than men to change habits such as smoking and infrequent physical activity. T ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 10 2007 - 4:06pm

Thorstein Veblen And Experimental Psychology

In 2000, Hal Pashler and I published a paper called “How persuasive is a good fit? A comment on theory testing.” For more than 50 years, experimental psychologists have supported mathematical theories by showing that the equations of the theory could fit ...

Article - Seth Roberts - Oct 30 2007 - 10:18pm

Positive People Less Likely To Be Racist, Study Shows

Why are some people prejudiced and others are not? The authors of a study in Psychological Science investigate how some individuals are able to avoid prejudicial biases despite the pervasive human tendency to favor one’s own group. Robert Livingston of the ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 24 2007 - 3:45pm

Does Your CRP Protein Level Mean It Might Be Better To Be A 'Quitter'?

'Quitting' in the face of insurmountable obstacles is the antithesis of American culture. John Henry died rather than give up against a machine trying to lay railroad track faster than him. Few successful businessmen have denied they worked their ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 26 2007 - 10:11am

Anxiety In Females: How Perception Of The Past Impacts The Present

A new study finds that young girls and women are more likely to believe that negative past events predict future events, compared to boys and men. And that, according to researchers, may help explain why females have more frequent and intense worries, perc ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 28 2007 - 8:57am