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Sharing science with members of Congress

July 21, 2011

On April 14, 2010, Professor Lerner met with members of Congress in Washington to discuss her research on economic decision making.

Attached are pictures of Professor Lerner meeting with Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA) and Congressman Vernon Ehlers (R-MI).

PBS, NOVA: "Mind Over Money"

July 21, 2011

April 27, 2010

From the NOVA website:

""Mind Over Money" features some of this new field's most compelling experiments. We'll see how the brains and bodies of Wall Street traders respond as they buy and sell stocks. We'll watch as an ingenious experiment reveals how an excessive number of spending choices can overwhelm consumers' ability to make rational decisions. Through these entertaining real-life experiments, NOVA will show Read more about PBS, NOVA: "Mind Over Money"

FinancialTimes.com: "Why sadness is good for you"

July 21, 2011

November 13, 2009

By Stephen Pincock

Online at FT.com

The couple in the corner were oddly distracting. It was the summer of 1987, and Joe Forgas, a psychologist who studies the interplay of moods and thinking, had taken his wife out for dinner to a little place in Heidelberg, Germany, where he was on sabbatical for the year. The trouble was that his eyes kept being drawn to the amorous display going on across the room. “I remember it still so clearly,” he laughs. “It Read more about FinancialTimes.com: "Why sadness is good for you"

MSNBC.com: "Famous Faces and Anger"

July 21, 2011

September 24, 2009

Three recent outbursts don't necessarily have a connection

By Michael Ventre, September 24, 2009

Online at MSNBC.com


Hip-hop artist Kanye West, Rep. Joe Wilson, and tennis star Serena Williams did not meet to plan strategy before each staged his or her dustup on the national stage, sources insist. But their moments of dishonor came clustered together, as if featured on a schedule for a symposium on misbehavior.

Wilson (R-S.C.) yelled "You lie!" at Read more about MSNBC.com: "Famous Faces and Anger"

The Boston Globe: "Spotting a terrorist: Next-generation system for detecting suspects in public settings holds promise, sparks privacy concerns"

July 21, 2011

September 18, 2009

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

From The Boston Globe


CAMBRIDGE - Metal detectors, X-ray machines, and dogs are used at security checkpoints to look for bombs. Now a next-generation technology under development in Cambridge will look for the bomber.

With funding from the US Department of Homeland Security, Draper Laboratory and other collaborators are building technology to detect potential terrorists with cameras and noninvasive Read more about The Boston Globe: "Spotting a terrorist: Next-generation system for detecting suspects in public settings holds promise, sparks privacy concerns"

Talk of the Nation, National Public Radio: "Decoding the Science of Decision Making"

July 21, 2011

Summer 2009

Heard on Talk of the Nation, National Public Radio
[Listen Online]

July 24, 2009 -
PAUL RAEBURN, host:
This is SCIENCE FRIDAY from NPR News. I'm Paul Raeburn, sitting in for Ira Flatow.

From the time your alarm clock rang today, you've probably made thousands of decisions. The first was whether to hit the snooze button. Some of the decisions are big and Read more about Talk of the Nation, National Public Radio: "Decoding the Science of Decision Making"

O, The Oprah Magazine: "6 Common Shopping Traps -- How to Avoid Them"

July 21, 2011

Summer 2009

From O, The Oprah Magazine

By Aimee Lee Ball

Alas, our romance with shopping seems to be coming to an end -- or at least it's up for careful reevaluation.

According to research from Stanford University, more than one in 20 adults are compulsive shoppers, purchasing things they don't need, use, or even want.

That's because shopping, once devoted to procuring necessities, has come to fill multiple emotional needs -- it's entertainment, a bonding activity, Read more about O, The Oprah Magazine: "6 Common Shopping Traps -- How to Avoid Them"

HKS Bulletin: "Science of Decisions"

July 21, 2011

Winter 2009

Jennifer Lerner's favorite emotion - intellectually speaking - is anger. Partly that's because anger courses through American political rhetoric. But it's also because anger as a topic of philosophical inquiry has smoldered in scholars' minds for thousands of years.

The Wall Street Journal: "For Mother's Day, Give Her Reins to the Portfolio"

July 21, 2011

May 9, 2009

From the Wall Street Journal

By Jason Zweig

Fess up, fellows: The masters of the universe have turned out to be masters of disaster. No matter which aspect of the financial crisis you consider, there is a man behind it.

So, it is worth pointing out, this Mother's Day weekend, how different things might be if the financial world were female.

Finance professors Brad Barber and Terrance Odean have found that women's risk-adjusted returns beat those of men by an Read more about The Wall Street Journal: "For Mother's Day, Give Her Reins to the Portfolio"