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Posted on: Jun 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Saying no to every naughty impulse requires a little bit of willpower fuel, and once you spend that fuel it becomes harder to say no.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2012, Source: You Are Not So Smart

No matter how you turn it, research says once your basic needs are taken care of, money and other rewards don’t make you happier.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Coffee does not make you "superhuman." The truth is that you become addicted to caffeine quickly, and soon you are drinking coffee to cure withdrawal more than for stimulation.

Posted on: Aug 22, 2011, Source: You Are Not So Smart

From fake door close buttons on elevators to non-functioning thermostats, placebo buttons are everywhere, but the cause-and-effect we think we see is made-up by our brains.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Present bias is why you’ve made the same resolution for the tenth year in a row, but this time you mean it.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The "backfire effect" helps explain how strange, ancient and kooky beliefs resist science, reason and reportage.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Why do many diets end in catastrophe? The answer lies in a strange mechanism in your brain.