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Six Ways to Get What You Want without Whining
July 4, 2015

There are many situations in life where adults legitimately should be able to voice their complaints to others. Unfortunately, because we associate complaining with whining, we may not be able to voice those complaints at all or in a way that will guarantee some type of corrective action. However, humorous complaining can have beneficial effects because it softens the overall negative tone of a complaint.

Humorous Complaining
by A. Peter McGraw, Caleb Warren, Christina Kan
Story ImageEntrepreneur
Six Tactics to Increase Productivity by Organizing Your Workspace
June 30, 2015

Open spaces are increasingly popular in office design. Feng shui principles suggest that rounded furniture tends to generate more creativity, and a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that sitting in circles or curved environments sparked more brain activity linked with reward, “aesthetic appreciation”, and a collective mindset.

Exploring the Impact of Various Shaped Seating Arrangements on Persuasion
by Rui (Juliet) Zhu, Jennifer J. Argo
Story ImagePBS NewsHour
Why I Wake Up at 5 a.m. to Golf Alone
June 30, 2015

There is an irrational fear based on social stigma that going solo to a public activity like dinner or a movie won’t be as enjoyable as going with a group. A study in the Journal of Consumer Research in August found that people opt out of doing things all the time simply because they don’t want to go alone. But the study also found they’d be happier if they just took the stag by the horns.

Inhibited from Bowling Alone
by Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Story ImageDaily Mail
Researchers Say Parents Prefer Daughters over Sons If Times Get Tough
June 29, 2015

In tough economic times, parents financially favour daughters over sons, according to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Researchers found participants preferred to enroll a daughter rather than a son in beneficial programs, preferred to give a U.S. Treasury bond to a daughter rather than a son, and bequeathed a greater share of their assets to female offspring in their will when they perceived economic conditions to be poor.

Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
by Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Story ImagePsychology Today
Why You Should Embrace Your Insecurities and Not Mask Them
June 23, 2015

Our attempts to compensate for feelings of inadequacy could leave us feeling worse, according to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Researchers discovered that people who tried to prove themselves worthy were more likely to dwell on their shortcomings. Ultimately, people felt worse about themselves after trying to compensate for the threats they felt to their self-image.

Perils of Compensatory Consumption: Within-Domain Compensation Undermines Subsequent Self-Regulation
by Monika Lisjak, Andrea Bonezzi, Soo Kim, Derek D. Rucker
Story ImageBoston Globe
A Personal Connection
June 7, 2015

In a series of experiments, researchers found that products — whether a cookie or a television — that were given a personified appearance or description made it harder for people to resist. This effect was the result of feeling less personal responsibility for consuming a personified product.

When Temptations Come Alive: How Anthropomorphism Undermines Self-Control
by Julia D. Hur, Minjung Koo, Wilhelm Hofmann
Story ImageThe Huffington Post
3 Scientific Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination
June 7, 2015

A study in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals our natural inclination to categorize time. Researchers explain that we have a tendency to view things in terms of "present" and "future." When we categorize a deadline as being in the present, we're likely to start working on the goal. When we decide something falls into the "future" category, we simply file it in our "someday" archives and it's easy for those goals to be neglected.

The Categorization of Time and Its Impact on Task Initiation
by Yanping Tu, Dilip Soman
Story ImagePacific Standard
Blow Your Diet? Blame Captain Cupcake
June 4, 2015

He looks so delightfully distinguished, with his top hat and monocle. But if you’re trying to lose weight, beware: Mr. Peanut may be your worst enemy. According to a paper just published in the Journal of Consumer Research, giving consumer products human qualities is a uniquely effective way of short-circuiting our self-control and prompting us to purchase them.

When Temptations Come Alive: How Anthropomorphism Undermines Self-Control
by Julia D. Hur, Minjung Koo, Wilhelm Hofmann
Story ImagePsychology Today
A Scientific Trick That'll Help You Stop Procrastinating
May 29, 2015

Quite often, the biggest obstacle to reaching our goals is our lack of motivation to get started. Our tendency to procrastinate may be largely due to the fact that we put things off until “someday.” Since “someday” never appears on the calendar, our good intentions don’t turn into action until we create deadlines.

The Categorization of Time and Its Impact on Task Initiation
by Yanping Tu, Dilip Soman
Story ImageLos Angeles Times
Why You're Better Off Going Alone Than Not at All
May 29, 2015

How many times have you wanted to see a buzzed-about film or been dying to check out a new restaurant or go to a concert, but you couldn't find someone to go with? Chances are, you stayed home. If you did, you wouldn't be unusual.

Inhibited from Bowling Alone
by Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Story ImageLifehacker
Beware of These Pricing Tricks Retailers Use to Fool Your Brain
May 25, 2015

Whenever you see an item with a price like $19.99 or $4.97, retailers are attempting to trick your brain with “charm pricing” by marking prices just below a round number. Because we read from left to right, we see the first number in the price and immediately decide if the price is acceptable.

Price Endings, Left-Digit Effects, and Choice
by Kenneth C. Manning, David E. Sprott
Story ImageNBC News
Parents Spend More on Girls Than on Boys in a Recession
May 19, 2015

New research finds that parents are more likely to spend money on girls than boys when the economy is shaky. The study, forthcoming in the Journal of Consumer Research, found that evolutionary biology kicks in when times are tight and parents have limited resources to allocate to their kids.

Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
by Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Story ImagePsychology Today
The Critical Difference between Explanations and Excuses
May 14, 2015

Claiming you didn’t have a choice in the matter reduces emotional discomfort in the short-term, according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Researchers found that shirking responsibility temporarily relieves feelings of shame, guilt, and fear.

Forced to Be Bad: The Positive Impact of Low-Autonomy Vice Consumption on Consumer Vitality
by Fangyuan Chen, Jaideep Sengupta
Story ImageLifehacker
Don't Be Afraid to Do Things Alone, You'll Have Just as Much Fun
May 14, 2015

When you see someone at the movies alone, you might pity them. Don’t—chances are, they’re enjoying themselves as much as they would be with company. A new study in the Journal of Consumer research suggests people underestimate how much they’ll enjoy doing things by themselves.

Inhibited from Bowling Alone
by Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Story ImageTIME
Research Says You Can Beat Your Cravings With These Two Words
May 13, 2015

When deciding whether to eat something that isn’t necessarily nutritious, use the words “I don’t” instead of “I can’t.” What’s the difference? “With ‘I don’t’ you’re choosing words that signal empowerment and determination rather than ones that signal deprivation. You’re 8 times more likely to be successful.

“I Don’t” versus “I Can’t”: When Empowered Refusal Motivates Goal-Directed Behavior
by Vanessa M. Patrick, Henrik Hagtvedt
Story ImageChicago Tribune
Does Color Affect What You Buy?
May 7, 2015

When we see a black/white image, we see the "big picture" by using "high-level" thinking. In a new-car ad, for example, we see fuel efficiency and aerodynamic design. When we see it in color, we use "low-level" thinking and focus on superficial features such as seat color and cup holders.

Monochrome Forests and Colorful Trees: The Effect of Black-and-White versus Color Imagery on Construal Level
by Hyojin Lee, Xiaoyan Deng, H. Rao Unnava, Kentaro Fujita
Story ImageThe Atlantic
The Unexpected Pleasure of Doing Things Alone
May 6, 2015

A study in the Journal of Consumer Research gets at why most people are so reluctant to leave home and do fun things on their own. A series of experiments demonstrated that when it comes to going to the movies or to dinner, individuals consistently think they won’t enjoy themselves as much if they aren’t going with any of their friends.

Inhibited from Bowling Alone
by Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
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Jul 3Parents shield girls more in downturns, U study says
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 2When money's tight, whom do parents favor more?
NJ.com
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 2In Tight Money Times, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons
Richmond Times Dispatch
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 1In Tight Money Times, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons
Richmond Times Dispatch
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 1In Tight Money Times, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons
Richmond Times Dispatch
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 30Parents Favor Daughters When Times Are Tough
Newser
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 30Sibling Rivalry: Parents Spend More Money On Daughters Than Sons When Expecting Economic Challenges
Medical Daily
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 30Why I wake up at 5 am to golf alone
NET Website
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 30Parents favor daughters over sons when dollars are short
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 30Happiness can be found by going solo
Duluth News Tribune
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 29When times are tough, parents favor daughters over sons
Science Codex
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 29When times are tough, parents favor daughters over sons
Phys.Org
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 25The 5 Best Ways to Say 'No' to Your Coworkers
The Cheat Sheet
“I Don’t” versus “I Can’t”: When Empowered Refusal Motivates Goal-Directed Behavior
Vanessa M. Patrick, Henrik Hagtvedt
Jun 17Chocolate on top: how a cashless economy might be bad for your waistline
How Credit Card Payments Increase Unhealthy Food Purchases: Visceral Regulation of Vices
Manoj Thomas, Kalpesh Kaushik Desai, Satheeshkumar Seenivasan
Jun 15This new finding might teach you how to stop procrastinating
Business Insider
The Categorization of Time and Its Impact on Task Initiation
Yanping Tu, Dilip Soman
Jun 14Here's the real reason why you procrastinate
The Categorization of Time and Its Impact on Task Initiation
Yanping Tu, Dilip Soman
Jun 13Why you should really start doing more things alone
Richmond.com
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 10Going solo an underappreciated source of happiness
Gazettextra
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 9The unbounded joy of solitary outings
Daily Life
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 9Being alone is no reason to be a recluse
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 9Not everyone who worries about immigrants is a bigot -- they're just in a moral bind
Phys.Org
Indigenes’ Responses to Immigrants’ Consumer Acculturation: A Relational Configuration Analysis
Marius K. Luedicke
Jun 7Making case for bowling alone
The Bulletin
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 7Not everyone who worries about immigrants is a bigot
The Malaysian Insider
Indigenes’ Responses to Immigrants’ Consumer Acculturation: A Relational Configuration Analysis
Marius K. Luedicke
Jun 7The case for bowling alone: Going solo underappreciated source of happiness
Naples Daily News
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 5Not everyone who worries about immigrants is a bigot -– they’re just in a moral bind
Indigenes’ Responses to Immigrants’ Consumer Acculturation: A Relational Configuration Analysis
Marius K. Luedicke
Jun 5Researchers say: Don't worry what other people think, going out on your own can be fun
The British Psychological Society
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 3Is binge watching TV really that bad for us?
SBS Australia
When Narrative Brands End: The Impact of Narrative Closure and Consumption Sociality on Loss Accommodation
Cristel Antonia Russell, Hope Jensen Schau
Jun 1Discovering the art of masturdation
Stuff.co.nz
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 1Discovering the art of masturdation
Sydney Morning Herald
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 31How to do things alone
IOL Lifestyle
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 28Why Minnesotans should spend more time alone
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 27The Top 10 Effect: Why Consumers Depend on Rankings, According to New Research by Rutgers University–Camden Professor
Rutgers-Camden NewsNow
The Top-Ten Effect: Consumers’ Subjective Categorization of Ranked Lists
Mathew S. Isaac, Robert M. Schindler
May 25How to be happy: Tips for cultivating contentment
Mayo Clinic
Happiness from Ordinary and Extraordinary Experiences
Amit Bhattacharjee, Cassie Mogilner
May 23Win-at-all-costs mentality driven by materialism
Green Bay Press Gazette
Bidirectional Dynamics of Materialism and Loneliness: Not Just a Vicious Cycle
Rik Pieters
May 22Risk Factor: Penny wise, pound foolish
Financial Chronicle India
The Denomination Effect
Priya Raghubir and Joydeep Srivastava
May 22Beware Of These Pricing Tricks Retailers Use To Fool Your Brain
Lifehacker Australia
Price Endings, Left-Digit Effects, and Choice
Kenneth C. Manning, David E. Sprott
May 22Beware of These Pricing Tricks Retailers Use to Fool Your Brain
LifeHacker India
Price Endings, Left-Digit Effects, and Choice
Kenneth C. Manning, David E. Sprott
May 22Strange but True: A smile can change your attitude
Berkshire Eagle
From Firm Muscles to Firm Willpower: Understanding the Role of Embodied Cognition in Self-Regulation
Iris W. Hung, Aparna A. Labroo
May 21Stay away from the bread: how to eat healthily at restaurants
The Telegraph
Of Chameleons and Consumption: The Impact of Mimicry on Choice and Preferences
Robin J. Tanner, Rosellina Ferraro, Tanya L. Chartrand, James R. Bettman, Rick Van Baaren
May 20Need to study? Concentrate on coffee shops
Roanoke Times
Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition
Ravi Mehta, Rui (Juliet) Zhu, Amar Cheema
May 19(Don't wanna be) All by myself: Why we hate doing things alone
89.3 KPCC
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 185 Proven Hacks To Increase Self-Control
Yahoo! Parenting
“I Don’t” versus “I Can’t”: When Empowered Refusal Motivates Goal-Directed Behavior
Vanessa M. Patrick, Henrik Hagtvedt
May 15Study: Going solo actually fun
The Columbian
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 13The Science Behind Why It's More Fun To Do Things Alone
YourTango
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 13Goodbye ‘Mad Men,’ Hello Grief
Technology.Org
When Narrative Brands End: The Impact of Narrative Closure and Consumption Sociality on Loss Accommodation
Cristel Antonia Russell, Hope Jensen Schau
May 12People Who Don’t Do Stuff Alone Are Missing Out
Role Reboot
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 12Why I love spending time alone
Mother Nature News
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 12It's OK to go out for fun on your own
The Journal Gazette
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 9Why it's often more enjoyable to do things alone
Business Insider
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 8People Who Don't Do Stuff Alone Are Missing Out
The Huffington Post
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 8Comment: The unexpected pleasure of doing things alone
SBS Australia
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 7Why You Should Go to the Movies (and Do Other Stuff) Alone
Yahoo! Parenting
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 6The Best Websites to Help You Fall Asleep
TIME
Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition
Ravi Mehta, Rui (Juliet) Zhu, Amar Cheema
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