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Psychology

How To Smile Without Looking Like A Creep, According To Scientists

Not all smiles are created equal. tonipostius via Flickr How much teeth should you show when you smile? How wide should your grin be, and what if it’s crooked? Using a variety of computer-animated faces, researchers from the University of Minnesota have done their best to isolate the traits of a winning smile. At first glance, this may seem like a laughing matter. But for people with paralysis or other medical conditions, being physically unable to smile can cause communication problems, anxiety, and depression. The new study, published today in PLOS One, could help doctors who perform facial
Newsweek
16 min read
Politics

ISIS's Indoctrinated Kids: A Future of Violent Jihad?

The blue-eyed boy with the chubby cheeks still talks about the after-school movies he used to love so much. This was three years ago, when he was just 9 and living on the outskirts of Raqqa, in northern Syria. Sometimes, his father would take him and his little brother to an outdoor makeshift theater downtown, or he’d go with his teacher and classmates. They’d sit on plastic chairs and munch on cookies in front of a big-screen TV shielded from the sun by an umbrella. The films varied, but the plot was always the same: Black-clad members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) “liberated” ci
The Wall Street Journal
4 min read
Psychology

Harness The Power Of Trash Talk To Improve Your Performance

One recent evening after work, Wallace Bruce set off for a run. The 30-year-old actor had taken a few months off from exercising, so he planned an easy loop through his Los Angeles neighborhood.He was five minutes from his house and had just broken a sweat when a man with white hair, also jogging, blew past him. Mr. Bruce estimated him to be in his late 70s. Ten yards down the road the man turned his head back and shouted: “Keep up… if you can!” Although Mr. Bruce chuckled to himself, he immediately picked up his pace. “A ‘game-on’ type of instinct kicked in,” he says. “I thought, ‘Alright old
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A big payoff…

Ariely explores how the promise of a pizza may motivate us to work harder more than extra money. A great introduction to Ariely’s compelling and provocative thoughts about how minds work and what drives us to succeed.