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This is a collection of the most interesting and useful things I’ve posted so far. If there are other posts that you think should be included here, let me know.

Psychology

PhD students display twice as many symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as depression than other people

People tend to significantly overestimate how noticeable their embarrassing behaviors are to others, due to a cognitive bias known as the Spotlight Effect

Growing up poor promotes eating in the absence of hunger in adulthood, regardless of one’s financial status as an adult

Living in an area where you can see the ocean has been found to reduce psychological stress

Thinking about yourself in the second/third person increases psychological self distance, and improves decision making abilities

Metacognition (knowing what you know) plays an important role in studying. Unfortunately, most students appear to be quite bad at it

20 cognitive biases that affect your decisions

Moderate levels of ambient noise enhance creative thinking

7 tips from an FBI behavior expert on getting people to like you

General

The indirect path to success

The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius are available online for free on the MIT classics archive

Google has a directory of free design tools and resources

List of common misconceptions and myths

Useful list of rhetorical fallacies

Lifehacks / Foodhacks

If you're moving, you can use this method to easily transport all the clothes that you hang

An easy way to organize your cables and prevent them from getting tangled

How to fit all your tank tops on a single hanger

If you get anxious during public speaking, remember that the audience can't tell how stressed you are, even if it seems obvious to you. Studies show that you become more confident by simply being aware of this cognitive bias (the Illusion of Transparency)

Useful tip for storing ground meat

How to carry all the bags from the grocery store in one trip

If you have trouble falling asleep, minimize your exposure to blue light before going to bed. This is one of the best and easiest ways to improve your sleep quality

A kitchen cheat sheet with tons of helpful information

HowTo / Guides

How to tie your shoes to avoid common issues

How to parallel park

How to sew on a button

How to tie a tie

Guide to knives

How to take care of a cast iron skillet

Writing

Words to use instead of "very"

21 helpful writing tips from great authors

John Steinbeck’s six tips for aspiring writers

Writing tips from David Ogilvy

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Original Poster1 point · 4 days ago

Direct link to the study:

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797616660078

Abstract:

Research on sustainability behaviors has been based on the assumption that increasing personal concerns about the environment will increase proenvironmental action. We tested whether this assumption is more applicable to individualistic cultures than to collectivistic cultures. In Study 1, we compared 47 countries (N = 57,268) and found that they varied considerably in the degree to which environmental concern predicted support for proenvironmental action. National-level individualism explained the between-nation variability above and beyond the effects of other cultural values and independently of person-level individualism. In Study 2, we compared individualistic and collectivistic nations (United States vs. Japan; N = 251) and found culture-specific predictors of proenvironmental behavior. Environmental concern predicted environmentally friendly consumer choice among European Americans but not Japanese. For Japanese participants, perceived norms about environmental behavior predicted proenvironmental decision making. Facilitating sustainability across nations requires an understanding of how culture determines which psychological factors drive human action.

Original Poster1 point · 4 days ago

Direct link to the study:

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797616660078

Abstract:

Research on sustainability behaviors has been based on the assumption that increasing personal concerns about the environment will increase proenvironmental action. We tested whether this assumption is more applicable to individualistic cultures than to collectivistic cultures. In Study 1, we compared 47 countries (N = 57,268) and found that they varied considerably in the degree to which environmental concern predicted support for proenvironmental action. National-level individualism explained the between-nation variability above and beyond the effects of other cultural values and independently of person-level individualism. In Study 2, we compared individualistic and collectivistic nations (United States vs. Japan; N = 251) and found culture-specific predictors of proenvironmental behavior. Environmental concern predicted environmentally friendly consumer choice among European Americans but not Japanese. For Japanese participants, perceived norms about environmental behavior predicted proenvironmental decision making. Facilitating sustainability across nations requires an understanding of how culture determines which psychological factors drive human action.

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