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Entries by Art Markman, Ph.D. from 04/2012

Sizes of Food Orders Are Affected by the Need for Status

| Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living

An interesting recent study suggests that the size of a portion that someone orders can be influenced by their need to enhance their status.

White Lies Can Affect Your Later Behavior

| Posted 04.02.2012 | Science

The researchers argued that in many cases, white lies have little effect on the teller later. However, in situations in which the policy of being honest is highlighted, liars often do nice things for the person they lied to.

You Can Overcome Fixations and Achieve Insight

| Posted 04.17.2012 | Science

The key to breaking out of habitual ways of looking at objects is to list all of the features of the objects and then to describe them by looking at what they are made of rather than by thinking about their function.

When Do You Practice What You Preach?

| Posted 04.22.2012 | Healthy Living

When you say what you are going to do in a situation, you are making your best guess about it. However, it is hard for you to simulate all of the other factors that are going to influence your behavior.