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The relative relativity of material and experiential purchases.
When it comes to spending disposable income, experiential purchases tend to make people happier than material purchases (Van Boven & Gilovich, 2003). But why are experiences more satisfying? WeExpand
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I am what I do, not what I have: the differential centrality of experiential and material purchases to the self.
  • T. Carter, T. Gilovich
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 27 February 2012
What kinds of purchases do the most to make us happy? Previous research (Carter & Gilovich, 2010; Van Boven & Gilovich, 2003) indicates that experiences, such as vacations and concerts, are moreExpand
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A Single Exposure to the American Flag Shifts Support Toward Republicanism up to 8 Months Later
There is scant evidence that incidental cues in the environment significantly alter people’s political judgments and behavior in a durable way. We report that a brief exposure to the American flagExpand
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Predation by seals on salmonids in two Scottish estuaries
Detailed observations of the behaviour of harbour seals, Phoca vitulina L., at sites within the estuaries of the Rivers Dee and Don, in north-eastern Scotland, were made over two full years betweenExpand
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IMPLICIT NATIONALISM AS SYSTEM JUSTIFICATION: THE CASE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
America as a nation has self-perpetuating needs that do not always align with the needs or beliefs of individual Americans. As much as Americans may love their country and way of life, they do notExpand
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Précis of Implicit Nationalism
While the study of nationalism has received much attention throughout the social sciences and humanities, the experimental investigation of it lags behind. In this paper we review recent advances inExpand
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Getting the Most for the Money: The Hedonic Return on Experiential and Material Purchases
Consumers everywhere are faced with the same dilemma: given limited resources, what sorts of purchases are most likely to produce lasting happiness and satisfaction? Put simply, how do you get theExpand
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The closeness-communication bias: Increased egocentrism among friends versus strangers
Abstract People commonly believe that they communicate better with close friends than with strangers. We propose, however, that closeness can lead people to overestimate how well they communicate, aExpand
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Faulty Self‐Assessment: Why Evaluating One's Own Competence Is an Intrinsically Difficult Task
People’s perception of their competence often diverges from their true level of competence. We argue that people have such erroneous view of their competence because self-evaluation is anExpand
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Investing in Karma
People often face outcomes of important events that are beyond their personal control, such as when they wait for an acceptance letter, job offer, or medical test results. We suggest that whenExpand
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