A new study explores why people make a “non-click” choice, a decision to not respond to some social media posts, even when they spend time as “lurkers” of the content. For the study, published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, researchers observed 38 participants as they scrolled through their Facebook news feeds and found that the […]
New findings challenge previous research showing a tendency by women to sabotage themselves in order to earn less than their husbands do, something called the “breadwinner norm.” The new, closer look at the data reveals that might not be the case. A 2015 paper, now well known in economics research, details a graph that appears to […]
Giving is good for you. For years, researchers have been finding that people who support charities or volunteer for causes can benefit from being generous.
Elizabeth Svoboda After a 3-year-old named Matthew started having one seizure after another, his worried parents learned he had a chronic brain condition that was causing the convulsions. They faced an impossible decision: allow the damaging seizures to continue indefinitely, or allow surgeons to remove half of their son’s brain. They chose the latter. When […]
When attempting to solve problems, people often fall back on prior experiences that worked, sometimes without considering other solutions. In other words, they stay in their comfort zone, which psychologists call “fixation.” For a new study, researchers looked at what happens when new engineers attempt to design a solution on their own with no examples: […]