New opportunities emerging for families to engage in and with science

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It’s Saturday morning. I can hear cartoons on in the background as a mother warmly invites me into her kitchen to chat with her children about doing nice things for other people. I haven’t physically crossed the threshold into this family’s home, but I am right there with them, asking the children to tell me about people in their lives and point to circles and faces on their computer screen. …

Three misconceptions tend to get in our way

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This time of year, among all the new decisions we’re being forced to make — about canceling plans, about connecting via video chat, about the precautions that will protect us and our loved ones — one thing remains the same: We’re in the thick of gift-giving season. And holiday shopping is, in itself, a marathon of decisions.

I say this as someone who studies decision-making for a living: Finding just the right gift doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, there’s plenty of behavioral-science research out there we can use to guide us. …

Margaret Echelbarger

Postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Decision Researcher at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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