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  • Fear and the Electric Vehicle
    Topics: Psychology
    April 22, 2018 | Comments

    Few things are as certain among scientists as climate change. Political posturing aside, it is an accepted fact that human activities, especially burning fossil fuels and raising beef for human consumption, are increasing the earth’s temperature. This will lead to a host of dire consequences, motivating all countries except the United States to sign on […]

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  • Men. Murder, Madness, and Masculinity in America
    March 22, 2018 | Comments

    By Paul Spector, M.D. This article originally appeared here. “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” -Margaret Atwood The recent shooting in a Florida school represents an increasingly common form of violence in this country. Two subjects dominate public discourse on this phenomenon, guns and […]

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  • How to Get Past Paralyzing Fear
    February 8, 2018 | Comments

    Have you ever had the experience of nearly hitting a deer with your car? If so, you may be familiar with the true meaning of the popular saying “deer in headlights.” This “freezing” that deer do when they are being charged by a predator, which is what they instinctually interpret your car as, is actually […]

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  • Here’s What Happens in the Brain When You’re Presented with Counter-Evidence
    January 25, 2018 | Comments

    Over the course of the past month, we’ve been thinking a lot about why people don’t change their minds and what to do about it. We have actually been thinking about this problem for a few years, but in the past month in the course of some very rich conversations with people we’ve met at […]

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  • Should You Google Your Symptoms?
    January 4, 2018 | Comments

    Is googling symptoms a great idea or a terrible idea? It’s pretty easy to quickly see what’s wrong with this approach. Many people know firsthand that this can lead to a heightened state of anxiety and even lead to unnecessary trips to the doctor, which may in turn lead to unnecessary diagnostic tests and in […]

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