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Can Shame Predict Whether a Released Felon Will Reoffend?

A new longitudinal study of incarcerated felons produces a nuanced answer.

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Are Death Row Inmates Innocent If They Refuse a Last Meal?

A new study finds that prisoners who deny their guilt are more likely to hold out on eating before execution.

 

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Guilt Makes the Pie Taste Sweeter

New research suggests feelings of remorse heighten our enjoyment when we succumb to temptation.

 

Increasing Organ Donation with Reminders of Regret

British researchers report on one promising way to get more people to agree to donate their organs after death.

 

Guilt: A Double-Edged Sword

New research finds when we make amends to assuage our guilt, a third party often pays the price.

 

Feel the Pain, Expel the Guilt

New research finds physical suffering reduces feelings of guilt.

 

Feel The Guilt, Save The Planet

Collective guilt regarding climate change can be a catalyst to individual action, but new research suggests eliciting that emotion can be tricky.

 

I Am Forever in Your Debt — And I Mean Forever

Excessive atonement can result from inextinguishable guilt, report two researchers who have named the effect after a perpetually apologetic character from the Harry Potter series.

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

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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