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  1. a crowd at Disney World
    Science & Society

    Pressure to conform to social norms may explain risky COVID-19 decisions

    As a science reporter covering COVID-19, I knew I should mask up at Disney World. Instead, I conformed, bared my face and got COVID-19.

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  2. aerial photo of a crosswalk in Tokyo
    Psychology

    Latin America defies cultural theories based on East-West comparisons

    Theories for how people think in individualist versus collectivist nations stem from East-West comparisons. Latin America challenges those theories.

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  3. a sign outside a bar reading 'a shot for a shot' with a picture of a vaccine needle, advertising a free drink for people who got a COVID-19 vaccine
    Science & Society

    Nudge theory’s popularity may block insights into improving society

    Small interventions that influence people’s behavior can be tested. But the real world requires big, hard-to-measure changes too, scientists say.

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  4. a picture of Amber Williams and her family
    Science & Society

    Military towns are the most racially integrated places in the U.S. Here’s why

    The military’s big stick approach allowed the institution to integrate troops and military towns. Can the civilian world follow suit?

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  5. photo of Simone Biles at the Olympics
    Psychology

    How mindfulness-based training can give elite athletes a mental edge

    Mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy are two types of training psychologists are using to bolster athletes’ mental health.

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  6. image of parents laying on either side of an infant and kissing the infant
    Humans

    Babies may use saliva sharing to figure out relationships

    Actions like sharing bites of food or kissing may cue young children into close bonds, a new study suggests.

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  7. illustration of a scientist holding a magnifying glass running up stairs
    Psychology

    Scientists should report results with intellectual humility. Here’s how

    Foregrounding a study’s uncertainties and limitations could help restore faith in the social sciences.

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  8. Women looking at an old photograph
    Psychology

    Nostalgia may have bona fide benefits in hard times, like the pandemic

    Once described as a disease, nostalgia’s reputation is much improved. Researchers hope to develop mental health therapies that trigger these memories.

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  9. image collage of a woman looking pensively off into the distance surrounded by money, books, a rock climber, mountains and a statue couple
    Psychology

    Perspective-changing experiences, good or bad, can lead to richer lives

    Happiness or meaning have long been seen as keys to the “good life.” Psychologists have now defined a third good life for people leading rich psychological lives.

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