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Dan Gilbert says we're not great at predicting how much we will enjoy an experience in part because we fail to consider all of the details. We think a visit to the dentist will be terrible — but we're forgetting about the free toothbrush, the nice chat with the dental hygienist, and the magazines in the waiting room. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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Decisions, Decisions: Some We Struggle To Make, Others We Can't Forget

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The only surviving photo of Vivian Buck, here with her adoptive mother in 1924. This is the moment Vivian is determined by a eugenics researcher to be "feeble-minded" for not looking at a coin held in front of her face. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY hide caption

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Whose Utopia? How Science Used The Bodies Of People Deemed 'Less Than'

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The Best Medicine: Decoding The Hidden Meanings Of Laughter

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How Private Prisons Affect Sentencing

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Researchers say we often recognize peer pressure in the actions of others — but not in our own choices. xubingruo/Getty Images hide caption

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Fashion Statement: Putting Your Mouth Where Your Money Is

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Mechanical Sex: The Relationship Between Intercourse And Intimacy

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Why It's Time To Think About Self-Driving Cars In Regards To Parking

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Since The 1960s, Researchers Track Perry Preschool Project Participants

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Why are some warnings heard, while others are ignored? Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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How To See The Future (No Crystal Ball Needed)

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The myth that vaccines cause autism has persisted, even though the facts paint an entirely different story. Renee Klahr hide caption

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Facts Aren't Enough: The Psychology Of False Beliefs

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The cereal ads we saw when we were 5 years old can still influence our buying decisions at 50. Phillip Waterman/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

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This Is Your Brain On Ads: How Mass Marketing Affects Our Minds

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A copy of the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News sits in a newspaper box on a street corner in Denver, Colorado. John Moore/John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Stop The Presses! Newspapers Affect Us, Often In Ways We Don't Realize

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Envy is a useful tool for social comparison. But sometimes, it can lead us to wicked places. Steve Scott/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Counting Other People's Blessings

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Why Partisanship Changes How People React To Noncontroversial Statements

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