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The message might not come through if you put all your communication eggs in one theoretical basket. buydeephoto/Shutterstock.com

Facts versus feelings isn’t the way to think about communicating science

Reports of facts' death have been greatly exaggerated. Effective communication jettisons the false dilemma in favor of a more holistic view of how people take in new information on contentious topics.
Office perks like slides down stairs may not be the best way to motivate good behaviour. Scott Beale/Flickr

The science of business decision making: giving out perks doesn’t necessarily lead to results

Business Briefing: the science of business decision making. The Conversation14.3 MB (download)
Research shows paying people more can actually lead to worse decisions. Getting the best results from executives requires understanding our complex motivations
It’s important to get the research across to and understood by decision-makers. Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com

Listen up: a plan to help scientists get their research heard by decision-makers

Research comes with risk and uncertainty so getting the right message across to the people who matter can be a challenge for scientists. A new plan out today hopes to change that.
It takes more than protest: demonstrators at a 2012 climate change conference in Doha, Qatar. Omar Chatriwala/flickr

Playing ‘serious games,’ adults learn to solve thorny real-world problems

How can diverse societies agree on strategies for tackling complex problems? Lawrence Susskind and Ella Kim of MIT explain how role-playing games can help people learn to collaborate.
Some argue that morality is everywhere, or maybe nowhere, in our brain. Martin Deutsch/Flickr

Is there a moral centre in our brain?

There's no single region in the brain responsible for all moral decision making. But neuroscience research has shown specific brain regions are involved when we're faced with moral dilemmas.

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