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2011-04-26 23:33:29

Having power over others and having choices in your own life share a critical foundation: control, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The paper finds that people are willing to trade one source of control for the other. For example, if people lack power, they clamor for choice, and if they have an abundance of choice they don't strive as much for power. "People instinctively prefer high to low power positions,"...

2011-03-29 20:01:48

Too much choice can be a bad thing"”not just for the individual, but for society. Thinking about choices makes people less sympathetic to others and less likely to support policies that help people, according to a study published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In the U.S., important policy debates are often framed in terms of choice, such as whether people get to choose their own healthcare plan and a school for...

2011-01-04 00:00:37

Want to Make Better Decisions? Great Decisionsâ“ž¢ is simple to use decision making - problem solving software with a simple to use interface. Compare what is motivating or stopping you from making a decision. Assign a numeric weight to each attribute in the decision with an intuitive arrow graphic. Portland, OR (PRWEB) January 3, 2011 Great Life Software announces the first and only force field analysis application in the Ap stores called Great...

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:...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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