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How to Design an Effective Plea for Donations

Two new studies suggest an image of a single needy child is most effective, so long as you avoid the temptation to go with the most photogenic victims.

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Be Happier: Spend More Money on Others

A round-up of recent research finds spending money on others can satisfy basic psychological needs and boost happiness.

 

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Bloodthirsty Charities

When it comes to blood donation, nothing matters more than message.

 

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Please Give? Sure, So Long as My Guy Wins

New research suggests Americans give more to charity when a member of their political party is in the White House.

 

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Liberal, Conservative, or Charitable: Politics Underpins How We Give

It’s not just super PACs—politics dictate how we donate to everyday charities, too.

 

Help Black Children? Sure! Teens? Not So Much.

New research finds support for school projects differs according to the race and age of the recipients.

 

Not All Suffering Prompts Equal Generosity

Newly published research finds people give more generously to relief efforts following natural disasters, effectively penalizing the people caught up in man-made catastrophes.

 

Jewish Americans Win Alms Race

New research finds Jewish-American families are more likely than those of other faiths to give to charities focusing on basic needs such as food and shelter.

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Not literally, but debunkers and satirists do fuel conspiracy theorists' appetites.

3-D Movies Aren’t That Special

Psychologists find that 3-D doesn't have any extra emotional impact.

To Protect Against Meltdowns, Banks Must Map Financial Interconnections

A new model suggests looking beyond balance sheets, studying the network of investment as well.

Big Government, Happy Citizens?

You may like to talk about how much happier you'd be if the government didn't interfere with your life, but that's not what the research shows.

Give Yourself a Present for the Future

Psychologists discover that we underestimate the value of looking back.

The Big One

One in three drivers in Brooklyn's Park Slope—at certain times of day—is just looking for parking. The same goes for drivers in Manhattan's SoHo. September/October 2014 new-big-one-3

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