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The Conversation: One Way To Help College Students Get Enough Sleep – Pay Them To Go to Bed

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From The Conversation: Author: Osea Giuntella Small financial incentives can get college students to go to bed earlier and sleep significantly longer. That’s what my colleagues and I found through an experiment that involved 508 students at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oxford. When the students were offered US$7.50 per night Monday through Thursday – a total of $30 per week – to sleep longer, they were 13% more likely than those who were not offered the incentive to sleep seven to nine hours. They were also 16% less likely to sleep fewer than six hours. We collected data from…

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The Economist Asks: Can We Learn To Disagree Better?

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From The Economist Asks: IN A POLARISED world opportunities to disagree are plentiful – and frequently destructive. Host Anne McElvoy asks Adam Grant, an organisational psychologist and author of “Think Again”, why he thinks the key to arguing well is to be open-minded. They discuss whether social media erode reasoned argument, and the new breed of powerful political communicators. Plus, how does the psychology of resilience help those who are “languishing”? Listen to the podcast at The Economist asks.

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The Report Card: Christina Brown and Heather Schofield on Cognitive Endurance

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From The Report Card: On this episode of The Report Card, Nat interviews Christina Brown and Heather Schofield, two of the authors of Cognitive Endurance as Human Capital. Nat, Christina, and Heather discuss what cognitive endurance is and why it’s important, PISA, an elaborate field experiment in India, disparities in American schools, shortening standardized tests, students in Pakistan, mazes and tangrams, what schools can do differently to build cognitive endurance in students, AP exams, long medical shifts, whether an extra year of schooling makes a difference for cognitive endurance, the ideal age to build cognitive endurance, and more. Christina Brown is a development economist who will be…

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Penn Medicine News: Low Effort, High Reward — How Making Choices Easy Pays Off in Clinical Trials

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From Penn Medicine News: “We thought there would be a relatively small effect. But we knew that an effect of that size would save lives.” That’s what Shivan Mehta, MD, associate chief innovation officer at Penn Medicine and an assistant professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, thought heading into a trial aimed at improving colorectal cancer screenings in a historically under-served community. The idea was to make the screenings as simple as possible for patients at a local community health center that primarily served people of color — through mailing fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kits…

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