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Social Lessons from Our Favorite Horror Movies

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I’m a fan of scary stories. With a few hours to spare, I’ll gladly spend them with Richard Matheson or Shirley Jackson. If I don’t have a few hours to spare, I’ll pass the time with whatever horror movie I can find playing in the background while I work. Yes, they can be campy. Yes, [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

How does competitive eating represent us as Americans?

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The United States marks its independence today with a few activities: parades, fireworks, and competitive eating contests. While there are many variations of the latter, the most famous is perhaps the one held at the Coney Island landmark Nathan’s, where competitors have to consume as many hot dogs (including their buns) as possible in 10 [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Macy’s Holiday Tradition: Windows Through Time

While I was battling the Cold of the Year (from which I’m still recovering), Matt Feltz sent along an article from the Boston Globe on the role of downtown department stores, like Macy’s or Filene’s or Jordan Marsh, in the infrastructure of the city. I read the article through a haze of Nyquil, but it [...]

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MIND Guest Blog

Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

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Another year; another Christmas around the corner. The conversation around the watercooler these days has evolved into the annual “where has the time gone?” discussion—how quickly the neighborhood kids have become high school graduates; how our hot July beach vacations seem like they were just yesterday; and how we haven’t baked cookies or sent cards [...]

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PsySociety

Fear and Love on a Shaky Bridge

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“Imagine being in the jungle, thousands of miles from civilization…” Thus opened the promo two years ago for Love In The Wild, the “extreme dating experiment” on NBC that sent its contestants on first dates that were jam packed with shaky bridges, crocodile attacks, and bungee jumping. Either NBC replaced their writing staff with former academics, [...]

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PsySociety

Sex and the Married Neurotic

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There are few things in this world that I truly loathe. One of those things is the show Everybody Loves Raymond. Why, you might ask? First of all, it’s actually quite hard to really ‘love’ Raymond. From what I’ve seen of the show (which is admittedly not much), he seems to care about three things: golf, [...]

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PsySociety

Love, hate…what’s the difference?

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to take a quick look at one of the most fundamental human emotions — hate. Wait, that doesn’t seem right. Hate? On Valentine’s Day? Isn’t V-Day supposed to be about love, Hallmark, and all of those positive, mushy feelings? Well, sure. Of course Valentine’s Day is supposed to [...]

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PsySociety

What are failed resolutions costing you, and how can you fight back?

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Today’s guest post is written by David Maxfield, the three-time New York Times bestselling author of Influencer, Change Anything, and Crucial Accountability. For more than 30 years, he has served as an expert in change management, interpersonal communication and corporate training. He is an acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant and vice president of research at VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate [...]

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Practical Tips for your 2014 Goals

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It’s the 3rd day of 2014. Have you gotten started on your resolutions yet? We’ve already discussed how to set good resolutions, and why telling Facebook about them might not be wise (unless you are thinking of this act in a very specific kind of way). But what about the actual process of trying to [...]

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Should you tell Facebook about your resolutions?

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Now that you’ve set your difficult, specific, and attainable resolutions for 2014, should you tell people about your plans? Before you update your Facebook status proclaiming your intention to lose 15 pounds, run a marathon, or publish 20 papers, you should think about your reasons for broadcasting your plans to the world. If you’re thinking [...]

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PsySociety

Set SMART resolutions in 2014!

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As we approach the beginning of a new year, many people will be heading into 2014 with a long list of resolutions that they intend to tackle. Yet even though we all believe that our own goals are particularly important and meaningful, some of these resolutions will be better than others. In fact, psychological research [...]

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PsySociety

The Psychology of Giving Thanks

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As we all sit down tonight to feast on turkey and pumpkin pie, many of us will be going around the table giving thanks for our everyday sources of gratitude, like friendships, relationships, and good health. Luckily, there are actually plenty of reasons why Thanksgiving itself can help maintain and improve those very things for [...]

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The Zombies In Our Midst

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Every Halloween, we find ourselves surrounded by zombies, vampires, ghouls, and other mythical monsters. But even though this is the one day each year that we consciously realize we are surrounded by these creatures (at least in their human-costumed forms), are we surrounded by more common forms of these monsters every day without even realizing [...]

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Atonement, Forgiveness, And Our Most Fundamental Error.

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Today is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Although it is often called the “holiest day of the Jewish year,” what is notable about Yom Kippur is not the fact that it is particularly holy, nor is it the fact that many Jews you know might be particularly hungry today. Yom Kippur is notable because [...]

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