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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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Mysterious Resting State Networks Might Be What Allow Different Brain Therapies to Work

Deep brain stimulation and similar treatments target the hubs of larger resting-state networks in the brain, researchers find.

Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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