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2010-12-20 11:01:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- People's Choice announced today that fans have cast a record-breaking 175 million votes thus far for PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2011, a 182% increase over last year's voting total. The winners in movie, music, TV and online categories will be announced during the live telecast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. While the majority of the categories are officially...

2010-07-29 15:32:47

In Greek mythology, the gods punished Sisyphus by condemning him to roll a rock up a steep hill for eternity. But he was probably better off than if they'd condemned him to sit and stare into space until the end of time, conclude the authors of a new study on keeping busy. They found that people who have something to do, even something pointless, are happier than people who sit idly. "The general phenomenon I'm interested in is why people are so busy doing what they are doing in modern...

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2010-06-30 12:20:00

Many people believe that getting older means losing a mental edge, leading to poor decision-making. But a new study from North Carolina State University shows that when it comes to making intuitive decisions "“ using your "gut instincts" "“ older adults fare as well as their juniors. The researchers tested groups of young adults (aged 17-28) and community-dwelling older adults (aged 60-86) "“ meaning they live in the community, rather than in a nursing home "“ to see...

2010-06-02 15:41:10

Just because your mother has turned 85, you shouldn't assume you'll have to take over her financial matters. She may be just as good or better than you at making quick, sound, money-making decisions, according to researchers at Duke University. "It's not age, it's cognition that makes the difference in decision-making," said Scott Huettel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the Duke Center for Neuroeconomic Studies. He recently led a laboratory study in...

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2010-04-15 14:34:55

The context in which humans meet potential mates has a hidden influence on who they decide to pursue. In particular, when people have a large number of potential dating partners to select among, they respond by paying attention to different types of characteristics "“ discarding attributes such as education, smoking status, and occupation in favor of physical characteristics such as height and weight. A number of studies in recent years have looked at what happens to humans when faced...

2010-04-13 08:01:00

PARIS, April 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Carrefour, through its banking subsidiary Societe des Paiements Pass (S2P), and Monext launch large scale instant issuing of EMV cards. With instant issuing of PASS MasterCard cards, S2P offers its customers a differentiating service that simplifies cardholder application process: after choosing a PIN code, customers obtain their permanent card within a few minutes of their successful application check. The card can be used immediately and...

2009-09-17 06:00:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to consumer demand for a card that offers the convenience of credit with simplified rates and terms, Bank of America is introducing the BankAmericard(R) Basic(TM) Visa(R) card. The new card features one basic rate for all types of transactions, including balance transfers and cash advances. That rate, which is tied to the U.S. Prime Rate, will not change over the life of the account. (Logo:...

2009-09-03 06:00:00

DUBAI, UAE, September 3 /PRNewswire/ -- - Citibank Teams up With Virgin Megastore for Exclusive Card Benefits Citibank and Virgin Megastore have partnered to give Citibank customers constant excitement and rewards! A leading international bank and the foremost international entertainment retailer will work together to bring a host of exciting promotions including concerts, gaming tournaments and shopping sprees at Virgin Stores in Ramadan and Christmas exclusively for Citibank...

2009-03-13 22:14:29

Conventional wisdom may say more options are better and shoppers prefer lots of choices but U.S. researchers say too many options may result in no sale. The study, published in the journal Psychology & Marketing, finds that when people cannot easily determine which option is preferable, they are more likely to leave a store empty-handed. Researcher Beth Veinott of Indiana University and colleagues performed a simulation of the choice overload effect in which people sometimes prefer to...

2009-03-11 07:40:00

RANDOLPH, N.J., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- It is a natural assumption that, when the time comes to make an important life decision, one will make the right choice. Professional counselors Al Foderaro and Denise Schmidt say that assumption is wrong; decision-making is a skill that must be learned. Their new book, "It's Your Decision: A Commonsense Guide to Making Better Choices" (published by AuthorHouse), helps people gain control of their lives by understanding and utilizing an effective...