The dubious power of power poses

‘Many notable results in psychology are now being questioned because later research has reached different conclusions’ Imagine that a group of researchers set out to explore the idea that adopting a “power pose” could make a real difference to how we thought and...

Worth the wait?

‘If you miss your plane or your train, it hardly matters that the queue was a nice place to chill’ I love queues. Not that I love queueing — I may be English but I’m not that English. But from a safe distance, queues are fascinating. They’re less fun if they cause you...

How the sense of an ending shapes memory

‘Composers, novelists and film directors try to end on a high. Restaurants keen to manipulate their online reviews have found a similar trick’ Many years ago, I listened to a string quartet perform a challenging piece of contemporary music. The piece, we were told,...

The refugee crisis — match us if you can

‘However many refugees we decide to resettle, there’s no excuse for doing the process wastefully’ Writing in the 1930s, Lionel Robbins, head of LSE’s economics department, defined economics as “the science which studies human behaviour as a relationship between ends...

A billion prices can’t be wrong

‘A “big data” approach to inflation is helping us understand the fundamental question of why recessions happen’ In the dying days of 2015 came news to set any geek’s pulse racing: the declaration of a “statistical emergency” by Mauricio Macri, the new president of...

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