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Hot or Not: Rethinking the Laws of Attraction

Have you ever found yourself attracted to someone who initially you didn’t find particularly appealing? A recent study at the University of Texas explores the science underlying a change of heart and how perceptions of attractiveness change over time: Students were asked to rate the romantic appeal of their opposite-sex classmates. At the start of [...]

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The Secret to Making Everything Better

Does chocolate taste better when shared? Absolutely. We all intuitively know this and now research backs it up. Sharing an experience with another intensifies it. According to the study’s lead researcher, Erica Boothby of Yale University: When people are paying attention to the same pleasant thing, whether the Mona Lisa or a song on the [...]

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How Creative Are You?

Imagine being presented with a candle, a box of thumbtacks, and a book of matches. The assignment is to affix the lit candle to the wall in such a way that the candle won’t drip wax onto the table below. Begin now…. So, have you figured it out yet? Here are two common strategies that [...]

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All or Nothing

I just love dessert. If you give me a cookie, I will eat every single crumb. For years I tried to be one of those “I’ll just have a little bite” types but it never worked. Thanks to Gretchen Rubin, author of Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, I have a [...]

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