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Wandering Minds: The Default Network and Stimulus-Independent Thought
Despite evidence pointing to a ubiquitous tendency of human minds to wander, little is known about the neural operations that support this core component of human cognition. Using both thoughtExpand
How Elastic are Preferences for Redistribution? Evidence from Randomized Survey Experiments
We analyze randomized online survey experiments providing interactive, customized information on US income inequality, the link between top income tax rates and economic growth, and the estate tax.Expand
Building a Better America—One Wealth Quintile at a Time
  • M. Norton, D. Ariely
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Perspectives on psychological science : a journal…
  • 1 January 2011
All demographic groups—even those not usually associated with wealth redistribution such as Republicans and the wealthy—desired a more equal distribution of wealth than the status quo, according to a nationally representative online panel. Expand
This Old Stereotype: The Pervasiveness and Persistence of the Elderly Stereotype
Americans stereotype elderly people as warm and incompetent, following from perceptions of them as noncompetitive and low status, respectively. This article extends existing research regardingExpand
Prosocial Spending and Well-Being: Cross-Cultural Evidence for a Psychological Universal
It is demonstrated that recalling a past instance of prosocial spending has a causal impact on happiness across countries that differ greatly in terms of wealth (Canada, Uganda, and India). Expand
Response to Comment on "Wandering Minds: The Default Network and Stimulus-Independent Thought"
It is argued—and data is reported suggesting—that stimulus-independent thought dominates unconstrained cognitive periods, and activity in the default network may be due to the emergence of stimulus-oriented rather than stimulus- independent thought. Expand
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
It is generally believed that self-disclosure has positive effects, particularly for relationships; however, we predict and find negative effects in the context of task-oriented relationships. AcrossExpand
The 'IKEA Effect': When Labor Leads to Love
In a series of studies in which consumers assembled IKEA boxes, folded origami, and built sets of Legos, we demonstrate and investigate the boundary conditions for what we term the “IKEA effect” –Expand
Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing
It is shown that decreases in perceived bias against Blacks over the past six decades are associated with increases in perception of bias against Whites, reflecting Whites’ view of racism as a zero-sum game. Expand
Seeing race and seeming racist? Evaluating strategic colorblindness in social interaction.
Four experiments involving a dyadic task investigated antecedents and consequences of Whites' acknowledgment of race, which was highly susceptible to normative pressure and most evident among individuals concerned with self-presentational aspects of appearing biased. Expand