Source: The Conversation
Psychologist Ben Newell explains how previous experience affects risky decisions.
Source: The New York Times
What historically male names have increasingly been given to female babies? What names have managed to remain gender neutral? Read about the back-and-forth of some popular names in the United States.
Source: St. Louis Public Radio
Listen to the radio piece to learn about “slacktivism,” or supporting a cause simply by “liking” it on social media, and how experts suggest turning it into real activism.
Victims of crimes sometimes have a say in the cases’ outcomes in a process called restorative justice. Listen to this radio interview to hear more about how it works.
Source: The Guardian
Sparked by the self-immolation death of a Tunisian fruit vendor, the Arab Spring protests swept across North Africa and the Middle East beginning in early 2011. Explore this interactive timeline for a wealth of information about the protests and what they achieved.
Source: Harvard Business Review
In this article, activist Erica Williams considers some possible reasons for the widely held belief that members of the “millennial” generation have poor work ethic.
“One sometimes finds what one is not looking for,” said Alexander Fleming, whose chance observation of a contaminated experiment led to the the world’s first antibiotic. This Smithsonian article discusses inventions and discoveries that centered on a flash of insight in a mind prepared to see what it wasn’t looking for.
Source: Psychology Today
It may be easier to have a conversation with someone who already agrees with you, but it’s better for your brain to talk with—and listen to—someone who disagrees with you. In this article, Art Markman, Ph.D., a cognitive scientist at the University of Texas, discusses the practical applications of psychological research on disagreement.
Source: ABC News
Getting closer to nature may help prison inmates build new lives once they are released. Watch a story about one woman trying to help change lives through starting gardens inside prisons.
Source: The Atlantic
Where does your money typically go? Compare your spending habits with the national breakdowns featured in this report.