Welcome back -- after a week off for Thanksgiving, we're back at it bringing you news from the world of behavioral science! This week's post came from UBC's Ashley Whillans who wrote about her experimental research showing how spending money on others promotes health.

Golden Cosmos (NYT)

Golden Cosmos (NYT)

BSPA board member Paul Slovic, together with his son Scott, wrote about the Arithmetic of Compassion in the NYT's Gray Matter column:

We struggle to care when the numbers get big. The poet Zbigniew Herbert called this “the arithmetic of compassion.”

How big do the numbers have to be for insensitivity to begin? Not very, it turns out.

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