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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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Levels of Depression Could Be Evaluated Through Measurements of Acoustic Speech

Engineers find tell-tale signs in speech patterns of the depressed.

We’re Not So Great at Rejecting Each Other

And it's probably something we should work on.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

The Big One

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

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