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How to nudge consumers to make greener choices

Customers can be nudged into choosing environmentally friendly alternatives when shopping online.

Why compulsive gamblers can’t control themselves

Dopamine makes us more conscious of ourselves which may explain why compulsive gamblers, sex addicts and people with ADHD are more impulsive than others.

Customers who redeem their rewards in loyalty programs buy more

Both before and after redeeming a reward, the customers purchase more than usual.

Laughter helps policemen cope with their work

The atmosphere is great, and the squad car is filled with jokes. It’s all necessary to handle a stressful kind of work, says a researcher.

Genes influence political engagement

Your ideological position, and your participation in demonstrations and elections, are partly determined by your genes.

Absent-minded lullabying does not put your baby to sleep

The good news is that you needn't be a great singer.

‘Likes’ provide humanitarian support

According to a Norwegian study, ‘likes’ on Facebook are providing a new type of humanitarian support and social responsibility.

How important is the nose?

New experiments show how important the human nose is to our appearance.

Research points to personality's effect on our health

Angry and hostile people are more prone to cardiovascular disease than others, while anxious and depressive types have a high risk of developing dementia. Studying the connection between personality and illnesses is a hot topic among scientists.

Fat makes pigs more social and less aggressive

A high-fat diet changes social behaviour, reveals new study. This should be considered when advising the public on nutrition, say researchers.