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October 22, 2014

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11:40 PM | Democratic Education: A New Way to Look at Teaching and Learning (Opinion Piece)
Seven-year-old Penelope Day needs both hands to pick up the power drill. Penelope is spending the week at a day camp run by Construction Kids, a Brooklyn-based program that offers building classes throughout the year for kids as young as 2 years old. It’s one of a new and immensely popular wave of programs trying to shift kids away from computer screens toward actual, hands-on activities. Like building things from scratch. Using, yes, real, working power tools. With help […]

October 20, 2014

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2:20 PM | Moral Time: Does Our Internal Clock Influence Moral Judgments?
Does morality depend on the time of the day? The study "The Morning Morality Effect: The Influence of Time of Day on Unethical Behavior" published in October of 2013 by Maryam Kouchaki and Isaac Smith suggested that people are more honest in the mornings, and that their ability to resist the temptation of lying and cheating wears off as the day progresses. In a series of experiments, Kouchaki and Smith found that moral awareness and self-control in their study subjects decreased... Read […]

Gunia BC, Barnes CM & Sah S (2014). The Morality of Larks and Owls: Unethical Behavior Depends on Chronotype as Well as Time of Day., Psychological science, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25287664

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10:41 AM | Can prevent workplace bullying before it arises?
One of the most dramatic situations for a worker is suffering workplace bullying by their superiors with all the consequences this has.

October 18, 2014

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6:38 PM | Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?
A book is a mirror: if a fool looks in, do not expect an apostle to look out.                                                                Georg Christoph Lichtenberg […]

Johnson, D., Huffman, B. & Jasper, D. (2014). Changing Race Boundary Perception by Reading Narrative Fiction, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36 (1) 83-90. DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2013.856791

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October 15, 2014

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8:38 AM | How You Feel About People is Related to How You Feel About Cities
You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours. (Calvino, 1978, p. 44).There are numerous structural factors that influence people’s attitudes towards cities, including the city’s architecture, size, infrastructure, transport, crime rates, population density, and quality of housing, to name just a few.  However, as the Italian writer Calvino (1978) alluded to in his book Invisible Cities, these factors may be […]

Rubin, M. & Morrison, T. (2014). Individual Differences in Individualism and Collectivism Predict Ratings of Virtual Cities’ Liveability and Environmental Quality, The Journal of General Psychology, 141 (4) 348-372. DOI: 10.1080/00221309.2014.938721

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October 12, 2014

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10:22 PM | The Psychology of Procrastination: How We Create Categories of the Future
"Do not put your work off till tomorrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work: industry makes work go well, but a man who puts off work is always at hand-grips with ruin."        Hesiod in "The Works and Days" Paying bills, filling out forms, completing class assignments or submitting grant proposals – we all have the tendency to procrastinate. We may engage in trivial activities... Read more

Tu, Y. & Soman, D. (2014). The Categorization of Time and Its Impact on Task Initiation, Journal of Consumer Research, 41 (3) 810-822. DOI: 10.1086/677840

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October 06, 2014

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5:00 PM | Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS)
JBFCS is New York City’s largest provider of human services. We base our work on one core belief: changing behavior can change lives for the better. And here’s what happens when that simple idea meets up with our 35,000 clients: greater wellness and independence for our 35,000 clients and everyone connected to them -- friends, co-workers, parents, children, siblings, neighbors…all of us. That is a lot of people. That is why this 100-year-old agency is a cherished NYC asset -- […]

October 04, 2014

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4:00 AM | Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
By Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson Synopsis: Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over […]

October 03, 2014

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8:45 PM | Crossing Class Boundaries
Yesterday the New York Times published an opinion piece written by University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management Professor, Stephane Cote and I on the challenges of crossing social class boundaries. You can find the article here. This blog post accompanies that article with a few notes about the research.Read More->

October 01, 2014

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6:55 AM | Does oxytocin influence on social relations of the youngest?
Oxytocin hormone also known as welfare, is present in the highlight of the person's life and plays an important role now.

September 29, 2014

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5:00 PM | Faith Trust Institute
FaithTrust is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence. They give resources and information to those in need to help understand those religious and cultural issues that may scare a person from leaving an abusive situation.
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