Christine Boissevain

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Your Brain Makes You A Terrible Listener–Here’s How To Fix It

When we hear a person’s words, we also try to imagine why they’re saying them. Most of us suck at this.<p>Economics used to operate under the belief that people are rational actors. Behavioral economists came along and said that’s crazy–there’s no such thing as a rational actor. People make decisions …

Self-help

These 5 Apps Make Summer Adventuring a Lot Easier

You could argue that most of us spend too much time on our phones and that summer vacation presents the perfect opportunity to unplug. It’s a solid argument, but do you remember summer before the advent of the iPhone? We basically just wandered around the beach hoping to find a decent surf break or …

Apps

You Should Probably Check Your Pokémon Go Privacy Settings

The company behind the game is collecting players' data. And it's most definitely catching them all.<p>In the five frenzied days since its American release, Pokémon Go has become an economic and cultural sensation. Downloaded by millions, the game has boosted Nintendo's market value by $9 billion (and …

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

The Brain

Hillary Clinton: The Vox Conversation

[Laughs] I think there’s a lot of wisdom in Bob Putnam’s latest book, <i>Our Kids</i>. I think there’s a really great story that he tells about going back to the town he grew up in outside of Cleveland, where kids of all different backgrounds, economic family standing, and they’re all together and everyone …

Ezra Klein

Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings

A new study confirms that black men and women are treated differently in the hands of law enforcement. They are more likely to be touched, handcuffed, pushed to the ground or pepper-sprayed by a police officer, even after accounting for how, where and when they encounter the police.<p>But when it …

Law Enforcement

How the gurus behind Google Earth created 'Pokémon Go'

If you spotted dozens of people silently congregating in parks and train stations over the weekend, they were probably just busy trying to catch a …

What millennial millionaires are getting wrong about personal finance

Young, rich people are reportedly keeping a third of their wealth in cash – but it’s not a strategy peers with decades of potential compound interest should mimic<p>It seems that young millionaires these days are being ultra-conservative with their investment portfolios.<p>Or at least that’s what the …

Investing

You can't explain the Iraq War without talking about oil

But then again, the commander of the USCENTCOM during the Iraq War, General John Abizaid, came to see things rather differently: "Of course [the Iraq war] is about oil, we can't deny that."<p>So what part did oil really play in the Iraq War? Various members of the US and UK administrations have …

Geopolitics

Facebook Just Gave The Finger To Millions Of People Who Use It For News

Facebook planted a flag Wednesday, declaring that the site will give greater weight to material posted by your friends and deemphasize content published by businesses and media outlets.<p>The social network approached the issue with a rare bit of candor, stating that the change to its News Feed will …

Pew Research Center

Facebook puts friends above publishers in “News Feed Values” and ranking change

After the conservative trends fiasco, Facebook is pushing itself to a new standard of transparency. The company is publishing a formal “News Feed Values” document that details how it decides what shows up in your feed — a common question amongst users.<p>Those core values are that friends and family …

Social Media

9 things to do in your 20s to retire by 40

Retiring by 40 is more than possible. Plenty of regular people have done it.<p>Take "Mr. Money Mustache," who averaged a $67,000 annual salary working as an engineer for 10 years before announcing his retirement at age 30. Or Jeremy Jacobson and Winnie Tseng, whose combined annual salary of $135,000 …

Retirement

5 signs it's time to look for a new credit card

Small Businesses Are Snapping Their Way to Success

Snapchat this, Snapchat that. We hear about Snapchat's rise to social media dominance surpassing Instagram and Twitter on users and going head to head with Facebook on daily video views. Snapchat has also claimed the throne as the #1 app in the Appstore.<p>The numbers reflect it:<br>• 10 billion daily video …

Small Business

Senate blocks four gun related amendments & Sen. Murphy reaction (C-SPAN)

This Totally Counterintuitive Mind Trick Will Make You Much Happier

Chasing happiness usually backfires. Try this instead.<p>Happiness is an important life goal for a lot of people, so we should spend a lot of time thinking about how to be happy, right? Actually, no. Thinking a lot about happiness is a pretty surefire way to make yourself miserable, according to a …

Happiness

Virginia Woolf on the Relationship Between Loneliness and Creativity

“If I could catch the feeling, I would; the feeling of the singing of the real world, as one is driven by loneliness and silence from the habitable world.”<p>There is a kind of loneliness that lodges itself in the psyche and never fully leaves, a loneliness most anguishing not in solitude but in …

No one cooks anymore

It’s one of the more remarkable switcheroos in US economic statistics in recent years.<p>For the last year, retail sales at US eating and drinking establishments have outrun those of grocery stores, upending a longstanding pattern in which the bulk of American spending on food occurred at the …

Participation
Cannabis

Three Scientifically Proven Steps For Talking With Strangers

Behavioral scientists have found that strangers are more open to small talk than you might think.<p>Want to be better at small talk? Of course you do–or you will the next time you find yourself at a dinner party, business meeting, or networking event. You can practice the “art” of small talk, or you …

Psychology

Orlando Massacre: Gun Store Owners Expect Rise in Sales After Attack

It’s been sadly proven time and time again: Mass shootings are good for gun sales.<p>After the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, and again after the San Bernardino workplace shooting last December, firearm purchases shot up. In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting this weekend, analysts say …

Guns

The foul reign of the biological clock

It seems like the concept of the biological clock has been with us forever. In fact, the metaphor was invented in the late 1970s. And it has been used to reinforce sexist ideas ever since<p>I wasted years with x!” I have never heard a straight man say this. But when a woman does, after a breakup, …

Reproductive Medicine

Americans Donated a Record $373B to Charity Last Year

Charitable giving in the U.S. hit a record $373.3 billion in 2015, with individuals contributing more than two-thirds of that amount.<p>According to Giving USA's annual philanthropy report, released Tuesday, donations from individuals, estates, foundations and companies rose 4.1 percent last year, or …

Philanthropy

4 Best Credit Cards For Travel

Frequent travel can be stressful. Dealing with airline schedules and flight delays, last-minute itinerary changes, and unsatisfactory hotels can be challenging -- but travel can be rewarding in many respects. With the proper credit card, frequent travel can literally be rewarding in the form of …

Personal Finance

The Best Cash Back Credit Cards (According To Consumer Reports)

The number was surprising. $3,404.36. That’s how much I’ve earned from my everyday cash back card in the past two years. (It helps when you use the card to pay for two college educations.) So it caught my eye when Consumer Reports released a tool to help consumers use their spending patterns to …

Personal Finance

Women Are Twice as Likely as Men to Develop Anxiety: Here's Why

“I wish I was more anxious,” said no one, ever. But anxiety happens—and, according to new research, it happens to women way more than it does to men.<p>A new Cambridge University scientific review published in the journal <i>Brain and Behavior</i> found that women are twice as likely to experience anxiety …

A simple hobby that can help raise your IQ

Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning is actually far more fluid than previously believed.<p>For example, research out of the University of Zurich shows that doing one simple thing can actually raise a person's IQ.<p>And we're not just talking about children, whose …

The Brain

Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker

A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have "a severe impact on him," according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the "severe impact" the assault had on …

US bid to grow human organs for transplant inside pigs

<b>Scientists in the United States are trying to grow human organs inside pigs.</b><p>They have injected human stem cells into pig embryos to produce human-pig embryos known as chimeras.<p>The embryos are part of research aimed at overcoming the worldwide shortage of transplant organs.<p>The team from University …

Genetics