Does more money correlate with greater happiness?

Reconciling previously contradictory results, researchers from Penn and Princeton find a steady association between larger incomes and greater happiness for most people but a rise and plateau for an unhappy minority.

Michele W. Berger

The psychology of playing the fool

Law professor Tess Wilkinson-Ryan’s new book “Fool Proof: How Fear of Playing the Sucker Shapes Ourselves and the Social Order―and What We Can Do About It” explores the psychology of fools, dupes, cons, and morality.

Tina Rodia

Abandoned house repairs reduced nearby gun violence

Installing working windows and doors, cleaning trash, and weeding at abandoned houses led to safety improvements and should be considered in efforts to create healthy communities, according to researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Columbia.

Kelsey Geesler

In the News

The New York Times

For a better workout, trick your brain

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School says that “temptation bundling,” pairing a workout with a much-loved activity, is amplified if the desired activity is only done while exercising.


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Unraveling the mysteries of sleep

Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that trying harder to sleep and thinking about sleep actually make sleeping harder to achieve.



The good, bad and ugly about BMI

Thomas Wadden of the Perelman School of Medicine says that BMI measurements can be wrong in some cases.



Hot weather makes falling asleep more difficult, but these tips lead to more ZZZ’s

Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine explains how temperature is intertwined with the ability to sleep.


ABC News

The boycott against Bud Light is hammering sales. Experts explain why

Maurice Schweitzer of the Wharton School says that the anti-woke agenda and the idea of trans rights has broadly become a wedge issue, gaining and attracting a great deal of attention.


The Wall Street Journal

A simple way to get people to donate more to a charity

A paper co-authored by Alice Moon of the Wharton School finds that people will likely give more to a charity when presented with a range of possible donation amounts.