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Coffee, Tea or Me? The Science of Persuasion

Want someone to feel warmly towards you? Giving them something warm to drink may be all it takes. In a study, participants who briefly held a cup of hot coffee (versus an iced coffee) were more likely to judge another person as having a kind and caring personality and as more likable. The temperature of [...]

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Are You Indecisive?

When it comes to choice, most people assume that more is more. Whether we are choosing a doctor, a toothpaste, what to order for dinner or setting up a 401k, we are faced with countless options. As Barry Schwartz writes about in his bestselling book, The Paradox of Choice, having the freedom to choose what [...]

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How to Make a Great First Impression

Our mothers may have told us not to judge a book by its cover, but research shows we cannot help it. In fact, according to research, the moment we first lay eyes on someone we make snap judgments about who they are. A study from Princeton, entitled “First Impressions: Making Up Your Mind After a [...]

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