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Sep 6 2017 | Stanford News | Posted In: In the News
A Stanford study found that when choosing between two products online, people tend to favor products with more reviews despite the fact that the more-reviewed product is of lower quality. When evaluating online purchases, a product’s rating and number of reviews seem helpful to an unsure consumer.
Aug 30 2017 | Stanford News | Posted In: Faculty, In the News, Students
In an era of nearly boundless online “friend” networks, Stanford researchers found that students are able to distinguish those real-life friends who are most able to help them deal with stressful times. Every fall, college freshmen begin the familiar tradition of establishing friendships with...
Aug 22 2017 | New Scientist | Posted In: Faculty, In the News
Our brains seem better at predictions than we are.  A part of our brain becomes active when it knows something will be successfully crowdfunded, even if we consciously decide otherwise. If this finding stands up and works in other areas of life, neuroforecasting may lead to better voting polls or...
Aug 14 2017 | Stanford News | Posted In: Faculty, In the News
At a time when state and federal governments are debating initiatives that would keep some social groups isolated – such as transgender individuals and immigrants – a Stanford psychologist finds that people who believe those groups have “essences” are more likely to support isolationist programs.