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Is America’s Personality Changing? A Decline in the Willingness to Conform

Revisiting Solomon Asch’s famous conformity studies.

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Dressing for Success Sometimes Means Defying the Norm

New research suggests non-traditional sartorial choices can signal autonomy and a high level of status.

 

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Rethinking the Classic ‘Obedience’ Studies

Stanley Milgram’s 1961 obedience experiments and the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment are legendary. But new research adds new wrinkles to our understanding of allegiance and evil.

 

The Duet of Brain and Music

Two new studies of music and the brain give us insights into the mind of the improvising musician, and the conformist leanings of teenagers.

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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.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

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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