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To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand

Students do worse on quizzes when they use keyboards in class.<p>Psych 101 was about to start, and Pam Mueller had forgotten her laptop at home. This meant more than lost Facebook time. A psychology grad student at Princeton, Mueller was one of the class teaching assistants. It was important she have …

Dispelling the nightmares of post-traumatic stress disorder

On Wednesday morning we woke to the news that a passenger ferry had sunk off the coast of South Korea, with at least four people confirmed dead and 280 unaccounted for. Meanwhile, though the search has continued for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, relatives' hopes of a safe landing have long …

Does Having Kids Make Parents Happy After All?

New research overturns the decades-old belief that having children is a downer.<p>Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a "parental happiness gap." Basically, the running theory has been that parents are a less happy bunch than their non-parenting peers. This makes some …

Why Malaysia Airlines 370 Remains So Profoundly Mysterious, and Why a Better Black Box Wouldn't Help

The absence of data about this flight is itself a significant data point.<p>(Please see <b>update</b> with the March 14 news.) Here is the heart of the mystery over what has happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370:<p>If the airplane <b>did</b> keep on flying, presumably there would be evidence of that fact -- at a …

3 Ways to Avoid Decision Quicksand

<b>We often get sucked into trivial decisions. Here are 3 ways to avoid this painful phenomenon.</b><p>Have you ever agonized over which restaurant entrée to …

When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

A teacher's quest to discourage his students from mindlessly reciting information<p>I once caught an 11th-grader who snuck a cheat sheet into the final exam.<p>At first, he tried to shuffle it under some scratch paper. When I cornered him, he shifted tactics. "It's my page of equations," he told me. …

Can Your Language Influence Your Spending, Eating, and Smoking Habits?

An absurd-sounding claim leads to a surprising finding<p>Yes, I know. That headline. It looks like the most egregious form of causal inference. Americans don't save money because of ... our grammar? How utterly absurd. But bear with me.<p>In the 1930s, linguists proposed that the way we read, write, and …

Rodman says he’ll coach North Korea’s Olympic basketball team - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> dennis rodman is once again in the unlikely position of relaying information about the head of north korea to the rest of the free world . he's just back from his second trip to finish kim jong -un and says he's going back again to coach their olympic basketball team. it is through rodman that …

North Korea

Pope Francis: the movie

Argentina's Alejandro Agresti is to bring the life story of Pope Francis to the big screen, reports Variety.<p>Rodrigo de la Serna, best known for his award-winning role as Che Guevara's travelling companion Alberto Granado in The Motorcycle Diaries, will play the world's first Argentine pope. The …

Obama lines up key support in Congress for Syria attack

Many lawmakers remain undecided on military action, but key leaders in the House and Senate say they support a limited mission.<p>September 03, 2013|By Paul Richter and Michael A. Memoli<p>Secretary of State John F. Kerry, flanked by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel,… (Chip Somodevilla / Getty…)<p>WASHINGTON — …

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How to Make the Best Decisions (Once and for All)

For any one of the 70 decisions you make daily (especially the biggies), these 8 research-backed strategies take you way beyond the old pros-and-cons …