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 ...
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 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 ...
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.
A better way to evaluate conservation policies found
Protected forested areas in Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Thailand have prevented the release of more than 1,000 million additional tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, an economic service provided by nature worth ...
'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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Combat makes for gun-shy investors, study says
Veterans who have faced combat are more risk-averse when it comes to investing than noncombatants, according to a new Cornell study. As a result, they may struggle to build wealth through long-term investments, ...
Online interactions can lead to risky financial decision-making
People who participate in online communities are more likely to make risky financial decisions, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Zurich.
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.
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.
Many lack the skills to make good health decisions
(PhysOrg.com) -- Some 93 million Americans do not have the numerical skills necessary to make well-informed decisions about their medical care, reports a Cornell professor, who has some suggestions on changing that.