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Quoted in the Guardian

      Posted on: Feb 15th, 2014 at 10:13 am ; No Comments

Nice quote in the Guardian today: CVS stops selling cigarettes. Will competitors follow?

Media coverage of income inequality paper

      Posted on: Oct 30th, 2012 at 5:37 pm ; No Comments

My paper with Rosalind Chow got some nice media coverage on the Pacific Standard website. See it here.

A nice comment on our Psi article in JPSP.

      Posted on: Aug 31st, 2012 at 1:43 pm ; No Comments

Steven Novella over at Neurologicablog has a nice discussion of our Psi article here.

Slow Down news stories

      Posted on: Aug 31st, 2012 at 9:54 am ; No Comments

My paper with Justin and George in JCR has gotten a little bit of media attention. Here are the links:

- Want To Have Your Cake And Enjoy It, Too? in Prevention.
- Don’t Burn Out in Science Codex
- Don’t burn out: Enjoy your favorite products more by consuming them less frequently in Phys.org

Always nice to get some attention!

WSJ Week in Ideas

      Posted on: May 12th, 2012 at 2:00 pm ; No Comments

Justin found this nice little write up of our paper on the WSJ website.

See here.

Pittsburgh Business Times

      Posted on: Dec 31st, 2011 at 4:19 pm ; No Comments

Anya Litvak over at the Pittsburgh Business Times wrote an article about one of my lessons in my Marketing 1 class (on pricing). If only I had a subscription and could actually read the article! There’s a reasonable photo included too.

 

Link here.

Newsday

      Posted on: Nov 27th, 2011 at 10:52 pm ; No Comments

So my hometown (sort of) newspaper apparently picked up my paper with Tom a while ago. Who knew! Story here.

Covered by Scientific American

      Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2011 at 12:14 pm ; No Comments

How cool is this: The Power of Negative Thought. My most esoteric paper gets coverage in a popular science magazine!

Apparently I’m an Expert on Weddings

      Posted on: Jul 27th, 2011 at 11:12 am ; No Comments

According to Smartmoney and the Pittsburgh Tribune, I’m now an expert on weddings (and also an expert on being terribly mis-quoted). Basically, my contention is that the reason we’re seeing more couples asking for charitable contributions as wedding gifts in lieu of traditional wedding registries is that couples are getting married at a considerably older age (up from around 22 years old to 27 years old since 1950) and with considerably more money (especially women…up from 8k/year income to about 22k per year since 1950). Instead of needing yet another set of dishes that will only serve to clutter up their homes, couples are now asking their guests to donate to charities.

Lots of media coverage for the JEP:G paper with Tom

      Posted on: Feb 23rd, 2011 at 9:49 pm ; No Comments

The APA put out a press release about the JEP:G paper with Tom and it wound up getting picked up quite a bit!

 

1. Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them

U.S. News & World Report - ‎February 10, 2011

This could be an adaptive reaction, said the researchers in a news release from the American Psychological Association. People may attempt to maintain their …

 

2. Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them

Bloomberg BusinessWeek - February 11, 2011

This could be an adaptive reaction, said the researchers in a news release from the American Psychological Association. People may attempt to maintain their …

3. The Worst Is Yet to Come

Daily Rx – February 16, 2011
New research shows that bad things can seem worse if people know that they will experience them again. Conversely, people remember bad experiences as being less unpleasant or painful if they believe it will not happen to them again.

4. The past hurts worse when it will return

Psychology Today – February 15, 2011

A study by Jeff Galak and Tom Meyvis in the February, 2011 issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General suggests that it is useful to remember …

5. Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them | Health32.Com

Health32.com - February 11, 2011

Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them.— People are more likely to recall an unpleasant experience as …

 

6. Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them

Mesothelioma Online - February 13, 2011

Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them — People are more.

7. Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them | Diet Care

Dietcare.net - February 13, 2011

People are more likely to recall an unpleasant experience as being less painful or annoying if they believe it is.

 

8. Science Today News

Science Today - February 11, 2011

Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them. People are more likely to recall an unpleasant experience as being less painful or annoying if they. …

9. Clinical Connection – Health News

Clinical Connection - February 12, 2011

Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them. But recollections are less painful if you think the worst is over, …

10. Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have to Live Through Them Again

Planmybabyreviews.com – February 10, 2011

Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have to Live Through Them Again Prospect of repeating an experience can change how one remembers it, research says. …

 

11. Bad Times May Seem Worse If You Expect to Repeat Them

World News.com – February 10, 2011

Bad things seem even worse if people expect them to happen again soon …

12. Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have to Live Through Them Again

The Mental Health Social Worker – February 9, 2011

When people think unpleasant events are over, they remember them as being less painful or annoying than when they expect them to happen again, pointing to the power of expectation to help people brace for the worst, according to studies published by the American Psychological Association.

13. Study: Bad Things Are Worse the Second Time Around

Village Voice – February 8, 2011

This is backed up by research published from the American Psychological Association. The studies exposed people to irritating things, like vacuum cleaner …

 

14. Internal corruption is worse than external terrorism | India News …

India News – February 8, 2011

Bad things seem worse if you live them again – Bad or annoying events seem much worse if people have to go through them again. …

 

15. Science Centric | News | Bad things seem even worse if people have …

Science Centric – February 8, 2011

When people think unpleasant events are over, they remember them as being less painful or annoying than when they expect them to happen again, …

16. Disaster Strikes Article Directory » Bad things seem even worse if …

Disasterstrikes.org – February 9, 2011

Bad things seem even worse if people expect them to happen again soon

17. Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have To Live Through Them …

Thenewslist.com – February 8, 2011

When people think unpleasant events are over, they remember them as being less painful or annoying than when they expect them to happen again, …

18. Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have To Live Through Them …

Neurotalk – February 8, 2011

Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have To Live Through Them Again

 

19. Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have To Live Through Them …

The Star – February 8, 2011

When people think unpleasant events …

20. Bad things seem even worse if people have to live through them …

Niuwsfeiten.be – February 8, 2011

Bad things seem even worse if people have to live through them again.

21. Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have To Live Through Them Again

Medical News Today - ‎February 8, 2011

… pointing to the power of expectation to help people brace for the worst, according to studies published by the American Psychological Association. …

 

22. Why we make bad things seem even worse

Times of India - ‎February 8, 2011

New studies suggest that when people think unpleasant events are over, they remember them as being less painful or annoying than when they expect them to …

 

23. Repeating bad experience makes it seem worse

Sify – February 8, 2011

Bad or annoying events seem much worse if people have to go through them again. ‘The prospect of repeating an experience can, …

 

24. Bad things seem even worse if people expect them to happen again soon

TopNews – February 8, 2011

New studies suggest that when people think unpleasant events are over, they remember them as being less painful or annoying than when …

 

25. Bad Things Seem Even Worse if People Have to Live Through Them Again

HealthNewsDigest – February 7, 2011

When people think unpleasant events are over, they remember them as being less painful or annoying than when they expect them to happen again, pointing to the power of expectation to help people brace for the worst, according to studies published by the American Psychological Association.

 

26. Bad things seem even worse if people have to live through them again

ScienceBlog.com - ‎February 7, 2011

WASHINGTON — When people think unpleasant events are over, they remember them as being less painful or annoying than when they expect them to happen again, …

 

27. Bad things seem even worse if people have to live through them again

Pysorg – February 7, 2011

When people think unpleasant events are over, they remember them as being less painful or annoying than when they expect them to happen again, …

28. Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have To Live Through Them

Redorbit.com – February 7, 2011

Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have To Live Through Them Again. Prospect of repeating an experience can …

29. Bad things seem even worse if people have to live through them

Escience News – February 7, 2011

Bad things seem even worse if people have to live through them again.

30. BAD Things Seem Even Worse if People Have to Live Through Them

Topix.com – February 7, 2011

When people think unpleasant events are …

31. Bad things seem even worse if people have to

Lifescience Log – February 7, 2011

Bad things seem even worse if people have to live through them again. When people think unpleasant events are over, they remember them as being less painful …

32. ScienceDaily: Latest Science News

Science Daily – February 8, 2011

Bad Things Seem Even Worse If People Have to Live Through Them Again ·

33. Repeating bad experience makes it seem worse

Thaindian.com – February 7, 2011

Bad or annoying events seem much worse if people have to go through them again. The prospect of repeating an experience can, in fact, change how people …

34. Repeating bad experience makes it seem worse | Science / Technology

Indiatalkies.com – February 8, 2011

Bad or annoying events seem much worse if people have to go through them again. ‘The prospect of repeating an experience can, in fact, …

35. Repeating bad experience makes it seem worse | China News.Net

Chinanews.net – February 8, 2011

Bad or annoying events seem much worse if people have to go through them again.

36. Repeating bad experience makes it seem worse | Inditop

Inditop.com – February 8, 2011

Bad or annoying events seem much worse if people have to go through them again. ‘The prospect of repeating an experience can, …

 

UPDATE: And one more: FYI Living

WSJ: Pricing and the Holidays

      Posted on: Dec 15th, 2010 at 11:38 am ; No Comments

The WSJ just did a story on pricing strategies that companies use during the holiday season. They asked me on about my thoughts on this. A 20 minute conversions turned into 2 short lines. Oh well, better than nothing.

 

Story here.

Psi

      Posted on: Nov 12th, 2010 at 11:08 am ; 1 Comment

Daryl Bem, one of the most influential and important social psychologists of our time, recently had a paper accepted at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the premier social psych journal.  This, in and of itself, would not be noteworthy since Dr. Bem has published numerous papers in JPSP. What is noteworthy, however, is that in this paper he conducted 9 experiments that demonstrate the existence of precognition. Yup, that’s right, ESP (or Psi as he calls it). All of the studies are incredibly well run and I have no methodological qualms with them. However, given the nature of the claim, that ESP exists, I felt that it was my duty as a scientist to attempt to replicate his findings. I teamed up with Leif Nelson and we recreated Study 8 (retroactive facilitation of memory). The gist of the study is that studying after an exam helps you on the exam itself. In this case, the exam was a memory task involving 48 common nouns.

In any case, we ran this study online and wrote up the results (tl;dr: we did not replicate his results) in a short paper which can be downloaded on SSRN.

I also put together a public version of the experiment that anyone can try out (and even get their Psi score). You can try out the experiment here.

We’ve also started to get a bit of press for our failed replication at New Scientist. And now at Cosmic Log at MSNBC.

More blog coverage for the TV Paper

      Posted on: Oct 1st, 2010 at 2:09 pm ; No Comments

Thanks to the HBR story, here’s another blog that covered the TV Commercials paper.

 

http://www.bnet.com/blog/harvard/research-shocker-tv-viewers-prefer-ads-with-their-shows/8475

Blog Coverage for The Virtues of Opaque Prose: How Lay Beliefs About Fluency Influence Perceptions of Quality

      Posted on: Sep 28th, 2010 at 8:12 pm ; No Comments

Duane Smith over at Abnormal Interests posted a nice little bit about the Fluency paper. Thanks for the coverage!

Duane apparently found out about our research via the Mark Twain Forum, which heard about it on the Boston Globe.

 

 

HBR: Commercials Make Us Like TV More

      Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2010 at 2:55 pm ; No Comments

Better late then never, I suppose. Harvard Business Review has an article covering the TV Commercials paper. The article is here.