Social Science

9:32 am
Wed July 25, 2012

How to Spot an Invisible Gorilla

The "monkey business" illusion.

Our minds deceive us. All the time. Sometimes in extraordinary and surprising ways.

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6:38 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Would Tighter Security Have Deterred the Colorado Shooter?

An Aurora, Colo., police officer talks on his walkie-talkie after the shooting.
Ed Andrieski AP

BOSTON — Local cinema operators are reviewing their security measures in the wake of a mass shooting in Colorado at the July 19 midnight showing of the latest Batman movie that killed at least a dozen people and wounded at least 50.

James Fox, professor of criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, said a mass shooting like this is typically not an impulsive act of madness.

CinemaSalem said it was making sure all emergency exits are locked to outsiders. Norwood-based National Amusements said the safety of its patrons and staff is of the “utmost importance.” 

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3:15 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Boston Medical Center's House Calls

Courtesy of Time

The idea of a doctor showing up on your doorstep, with a doctor’s bag in hand, ready to treat whatever ails you probably sounds like something from another era. But a new initiative that’s part of the Affordable Care Act is bringing this bygone way of practicing medicine into the future.

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1:35 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Research on Internet Dating
  • Innovation Hub's segment on online dating.

What does the newest research tell us about online dating?

We look at the huge business of online dating. Why is the industry so powerful? How does it work? And what’s the best way to actually find someone? We look at why people are lured online — and what sites really work. Kara Miller talked with Bob Seay about Harvard Business School professor Mikolaj Piskorski's research on the topic.

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11:22 am
Fri July 13, 2012

The XL Factor: Why We're Fooled by Super Sizes

Gabrielle Plucknette/The New York Times

We haven’t found a way to cure obesity in America but we sure have found a lot of culprits to blame it on.  Supersized sodas are among the villains that we impugn for making us fat. Mayor Bloomberg’s gotten a real beating for banning them in New York, but one person who is on Bloomberg’s side is marketing professor Pierre Chandon. He says that without this mandated portion control, battling the bulge is going to be really hard.

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