Are Quarterbacks Really that Good-Looking? Love is a Hell of a Drug, plus more weekly links


A selection of recent behavioral science news, articles, and resources of note:

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08/28/09Photo: Keith Allison

  • “Cocaine is a hell of a drug,” said famed singer Rick James. So is love, according to Biological Anthropologist Helen Fisher who describes how “Love is Like Cocaine” in Nautilus. (Nautilus)
  • The Behavioral Insights Team North America is working with cities across the United States to help unite behavioral science and policy at the local level. Here’s an update on a few of the randomized-control trials they’re running in partnership with the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities initiative. (Behavioral Insights Team)
  • A team of educators and psychologists released a report on the state of teacher training. They found that teacher preparation has failed to incorporate practices rooted in scientific evidence. To remedy the situation, the report offers 6 evidenced-based ways a teacher can help make his or her lessons “stick.” Simon Oxenham digests the report for Big Think. (National Council on Teacher Quality, Big Think)
  • Time or money? If you had to choose one, which would you pick? In a series of studies, researchers from the University of British Columbia recently explored how preferences for time or money related to differences in well-being. (Social Psychological & Personality Science)


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