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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Israelis and Palestinians have been locked in a bloody cycle of reciprocal retaliation for so long, it can be difficult to imagine the region without its tragic brand of perpetual motion. The warring parties often seem unable to picture a world outside the conflict, with disastrous results. Israelis may believe that Palestinians [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Determining a person’s race is generally considered as straightforward as scanning for physical cues such as skin tone, hair color and other facial features. However, an interdisciplinary team of researchers recently found that the perception of race can be altered by signals of social status as simple as the clothes a person [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Like oracles in the stock market, securities analysts come up with earnings estimates that are supposed to signal the worth of a company’s stock. But what happens when a company’s actual performance proves an analyst’s quarterly forecast is wrong? Instead of fully incorporating new information into their forecasts, many [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Voting is a constitutional right, a civic duty and – perhaps most importantly – a way to change or maintain the political landscape. But many people don’t vote, even when the stakes are high. So Stanford psychologists have found a way to motivate them – by making them see voting as an [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  — Imagine browsing Ferrari’s web page before going to dinner at a restaurant. Could viewing the expensive cars make you perceive prices at the restaurant as more costly than you otherwise would have? An extensive body of research says that it should. A new study from Stanford Graduate School of [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Scrolling through Facebook or mingling at a party, you might get the impression that other people’s lives are full of job promotions, exotic travel and successful relationships. We don’t often hear about the sad times they’re going through, and that can make our own emotional struggles seem worse. But recognizing that our [...]

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Imagine your city isn’t as safe as it used to be. Robberies are on the rise, home invasions are increasing and murder rates have nearly doubled in the past three years. What should city officials do about it? Hire more cops to round up the thugs and lock them away in a growing network of [...]

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FROM STANFORD MAGAZINE, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 STANFORD UNIVERSITY — There are now roughly 2 billion Internet users worldwide. Five billion earthlings have cell phones. That scale of connectivity offers staggering power: In a few seconds, we can summon almost any fact, purchase a replacement hubcap or locate a cabin mate from those halcyon days at Camp [...]

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From the Los Angeles times, December 30, 2010|By Amina Khan As the New Year approaches, so does the dread of coming up with new resolutions — or reviving old ones. Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking or putting more into savings, those personal vows of self-improvement are notoriously difficult to keep. Rather than nailing down [...]

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