Stress rewires the brain to make rats creatures of habit
Chronic stress rewires the brains of rats to make them creatures of habit who make rote decisions instead of changing their behavior to gain rewards, a study published Thursday has found.
Marketing Researcher Takes on Human Decision Making Process
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study by Jesper Nielsen, a UA marketing professor and his colleague are shedding light on why people decide to avoid or gravitate to a consumer product.
New research shows people are better at strategic reasoning than was thought
When we make decisions based on what we think someone else will do, in anything from chess to warfare, we must use reason to infer the other's next move -- or next three or more moves -- to know what we must do. This so-called ...
Empirically rich new study finds most people alter their risk-management approach depending on the type of decision
Take a moment to consider some of the financial choices you've made in recent years. Do you have a consistent approach to your money, either by playing it safe or having a willingness to take risks? Or do ...
New study shows linkage between teen girls' weight and sexual behavior
A University of Pittsburgh study sheds new light on the relationship between race, body weight and sexual behavior among adolescent girls. The results suggest that a girl's ethnicity and her actual weight or perception of ...
The psychology of poverty: Economics fellow uses Kenyan lab to study, learn from the poor
To Johannes Haushofer, studying Western college students to understand economic decision-making more clearly will only take economists so far. Sooner or later, those who want to grasp one of the world's largest ...
'Big data' more accurately models how people adapt to snowstorms and other disruptions
For Paul Torrens, wintry weather is less about sledding and more about testing out models of human behavior.
Researchers study code that allows bacteria to either bet on the present or travel in time
(Phys.org)—Individual freedom and social responsibility may sound like humanistic concepts, but an investigation of the genetic circuitry of bacteria suggests that even the simplest creatures can make difficult choices ...
Study finds presence of peers heightens teens' sensitivity to rewards of a risk
and that when they do, they like to have company. Teens are five times more likely to be in a car accident when in a group than when driving alone, and they are more likely to commit a crime in a group.
Researchers work with Coca-Cola to transform home recycling
Researchers from the University of Exeter are working with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) on a ground-breaking study with 20 households in Great Britain and France to observe at-home recycling behaviors.
Project aids environmental decisions in the face of complicated trade-offs
Energy shortages, climate change, pollution - some of the world's most pressing problems weigh on the shoulders of some of the world's most hard-pressed people. Michigan State University researchers aim to ...
Research shows texting a compulsion for young adults
(Phys.org)—Stroll through any U.S. college campus today, and you'll see a good percentage of students with noses buried in their smart phones. Many of them are texting.
Being paranoid about office politics can make you a target: research
People who worry about workplace rejection or sabotage can end up bringing it upon themselves, according to University of British Columbia research.
Scientists examine human behavior and the threat of disease
As swine flu spread from Mexico to Texas and then fanned out farther in the United States, Americans began to alter their behavior. Families kept children home from school, postponed trips to the mall, and stayed home instead ...