Psychology

One undergrad researcher powers through the pandemic

The unusual circumstances brought on by COVID-19 forced Lana Prieur, a junior in the School of Arts & Sciences, to pivot her approach to research—and sparked new connections in the process.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

I’m sitting at home during the pandemic. You’re going out. How to make sense of these friendships now

Lyle Ungar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science spoke about the importance of friendship to happiness.

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Bloomberg

The free speech debate about social media is broken

Research by Paul Rozin of the School of Arts & Sciences was cited. Rozin conducted an experiment in which participants labeled two identical bottles of sugar differently and then expressed reluctance to consume the contents of the one they’d labeled “sodium cyanide,” even though they knew the bottle contained sugar.

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The New York Times

The science of reasoning with unreasonable people

Adam Grant of the Wharton School wrote a piece, adapted from his book “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know,” about helping people find the motivation to change. “You do that by interviewing them—asking open-ended questions and listening carefully—and holding up a mirror so they can see their own thoughts more clearly,” Grant wrote. “If they express a desire to change, you guide them toward a plan.”

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Bloomberg

It seems money does buy happiness after all

Research by Matthew Killingsworth of the Wharton School exploring the link between income and happiness finds that money does indeed enhance happiness.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

6 strategies for cooling it down on social media

Damon Centola of the Annenberg School for Communication shared his findings on how to improve communication between individuals with polarized political viewpoints.

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New Scientist

Extroverts have more success training their dogs than introverts

Lauren Powell of the School of Veterinary Medicine co-led a new study that explored the links between dog training and the personalities of dog owners. The most important factor affecting success, she said, was how bad the dog’s behavior was to begin with, but owner traits seem to play a role, too.

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