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Brain Scans Show Proper Wording Can Sidestep Thought Process

Brain Scans Show Proper Wording Can Sidestep Thought Process
June 30, 2017

You have probably heard the expression about looking at a glass as half-full or half-empty: to see the best or the worst in any situation.

What you probably did not know is that every time you do that, you are tapping into a gigantic body of research that spans psychology, economics and mass communication.

The Psychology of a Late-Game Lead Invites a Comeback

The Psychology of Late-Game Lead Invites a Comeback
June 27, 2017

Everybody loves a comeback. One competitor performing their best to overcome a deficit before time runs out is the type of moment that can make any competition exciting.

To anybody who watches a lot of sports, it seems like those comeback kids get a lot of help from their opponents. The person or team in the lead often eases up or hits a stretch where nothing goes right.

Fudging Predictions on the Impacts of Government Spending is Surprisingly Easy

Fudging Predictions on the Impacts of Government Spending is Surprisingly Easy
June 27, 2017

Politics, at its heart, is a number puzzle.

Even beyond the counting of votes, delegates and electors, lawmakers need to know how every new law, budget, executive order and legal ruling will affect citizens and the economy.

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