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Kenneth Rogoff
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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition

    Ben Healy, "Gossiping is good"

    The Atlantic - 30 Jun 2018

    As counter-intuitive as it may seem, gossip has surprising virtues: a significant body of research suggests that it is in fact healthy. This short article (reads in 3-4 min) is packed with scientific references. The most positive assessment of gossip comes from the anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar who showed that our primate ancestors bonded through grooming, their mutual back scratching ensuring mutual self-defense in the event of attack by predators. As hominids grew more intelligent and more social, their groups became too large to unite by grooming alone. That’s where language and gossip stepped in.

    Published in Weekly selection 15 June 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Georgia Frances King, "Why eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist"

    Quartz - 12 Jun 2018

    This is a rather long (10-12 min read) interview with Daniel Gartenberg, a sleep scientist who is currently an assistant adjunct professor in biobehavioral health at Penn State. He tells us everything we should understand about why sleep matters so much to our mental and physical health. He also exposes many misconceptions about sleep.

    Published in Weekly selection 15 June 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making

    Tim Herrera, "How to Make Tough Decisions Easier"

    The New York Times - metered paywallk - 4 Jun 2018

    A quick take from the Smarter Living newsletter on how not to fall into the trap of FOBO (Fear of Better Options). “Phenomenon maximization” (in the scientific jargon) leads to indecision, regret and lower happiness. It’s much better to settle for a “good enough” or what the journalist calls “Mostly fine decision”: the minimum outcome we are willing to accept for a decision (reads in 3-4 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 9 June 2018

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