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What Makes Us See a Lost Object and Keep Looking for It Anyway?

There’s little more frustrating than frantically searching for your wallet or car keys, only to discover later on you actually picked them up and moved them during the hunt — and don’t even remember doing it.

So what causes our brains to experience that kind of apparent short-circuit?

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Does Self-Esteem Have a Cash Value?

Studies show that people reap real psychological benefits when they buy expensive, high-status items — but is it a healthy way to boost your self-esteem?

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Could Messy People Be Clearer Thinkers?

Turns out the old adage about a messy desk being a sign of a messy mind isn’t necessarily true. On the contrary, new research suggests a disorganized environment may actually foster a clearer head.

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Can Gossiping Actually Be Good for You?

Gossip-mongers are shunned from many social groups — but a new study finds they may actually be the least-stressed among us.

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Word Choice Affects Consumer Decision Making

Are you more likely to order pizza from a place that guarantees a delivery time of a half hour, or from a place that offers delivery in 29 minutes? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, most consumers would trust the 29 minute guarantee if it comes from a trustworthy source.

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Homicide Drops From List of Top 15 Leading Causes of Death

Murder has dropped off the list of top 15 causes of death in the United States, for the first time in almost 50 years.

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Size Matters — Finding the Right Condom Size for You

When you go shoe shopping you wouldn’t pick up a size 13 shoe when you wear size 8. So why do so many men buy condoms that don’t fit?

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Can Your Name Ruin Your Life?

Celebrities are known for naming their kids some wacky things — but you may want to think twice before giving your own child such an unusual moniker.

A new study says a bad first name can make children lonelier, lower their self-esteem and even make them less intelligent.

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Have You Ever Been Caught Returning a Gift? — Survey of the Day

It’s always a dilemma whether you should try to return an unwanted gift to the store, because next Thanksgiving when your cousin visits he’s going to want to see that singing fish he thought you would like so much hanging up somewhere in your house.

Nevertheless, according to a survey by CouponCabin.com of 2,646 adults, 53 percent said it was either very likely or somewhat likely that they will return a holiday gift that they received this year.

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‘Baby Bump,’ ‘Occupy’ Among 2012 List of ‘Banished’ Words

Every year, Michigan’s Lake Superior State University asks people which words and phrases have been so overused that they should be essentially banished from the English language. The school just released their list for 2012, and it’s certainly stirring up debate.

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