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Allowing kids to feel ungrateful this Thanksgiving

November 21, 2017

It's Thanksgiving this week, so of course that means families gathered around the table will be required to name something they're grateful for. For many families, it's a time-honored tradition. And for many children it's a dreaded moment during an otherwise festive time.

Maybe this year, parents and adults can allow children to feel ungrateful, Jessica Borelli, associate professor or psychology and social behavior, writes in the Huffington Post.

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False memories could prompt kids to eat their veggies

November 15, 2017

Many people -- and probably most kids -- don't like eating their vegetables. But what if there was a psychological way to convince them to do so?

Elizabeth Loftus, professor of social ecology, has done studies testing whether false memories can be planted in people, and the effects those memories have, including on eating habits. She was recently quoted in a story in Popular Science on convincing kids to more vegetables.

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Driverless cars come with ethical tradeoffs

November 15, 2017

As driverless cars grow more and more common on roadways, automotive engineers, regulators and consumers will have to wrestle with the ethical choices the vehicles are programmed to make, says Azim Shariff, assistant professor of psychology and social behavior. Shariff was quoted in a recent New York Times story.

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