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Around 12 million Americans take out payday loans to help them pay for monthly expenses. andriano_cz/iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

We tend to underestimate our future expenses – here’s one way to prevent that

Understanding why people underpredict expenses could help them budget more accurately – and even encourage them to save more money.
Some of the positive photos used in the study were similar to this one – a group of smiling strangers. Luis Alvarez/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Ketamine paired with looking at smiling faces to build positive associations holds promise for helping people with treatment-resistant depression

In a new study, a single infusion of the antidepressant – along with repeated exposure to positive imagery – significantly reduced symptoms in depressed patients in a clinical trial.
Students who are career-driven tend to do better academically. Morsa Images via Getty Images

Purpose and gratitude boost academic engagement

College students who are focused on career goals and personal growth – and growth for others – tend to fare better academically, new research finds.
A self-managed abortion is the termination of pregnancy outside the formal health care system, often with self-sourced abortion pills. Liudmila Chernetska/iStock via Getty Images Plus

When abortion at a clinic is not available, 1 in 3 pregnant people say they will do something on their own to end the pregnancy

The fall of Roe v. Wade will result in more people deciding to privately end a pregnancy, a new study finds. But how often people will turn to safe versus unsafe options remains to be seen.
Psychologists aren’t sure which factors drive students to form specific academic identities, but these identities can affect career choices. Tom Werner/DigitalVision via GettyImages

Students perceive themselves as a ‘math person’ or a ‘reading person’ early on – and this can impact the choices they make throughout their lives

Students are less likely to think they can be good at both math and reading as they get closer to high school.
Saying you feel a strong national allegiance doesn’t mean you will act accordingly. mikiell/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Conservatives and liberals are equally likely to fund local causes, but liberals are more apt to also donate to national and global groups – new research

An experiment conducted online with residents of Italy and the US detected similar patterns based on ideological identity.
Undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska Omaha collaborate on a group assignment for a STEM course. Derrick Nero, University of Nebraska Omaha

Women are better at statistics than they think

Female statistics students had higher final exam grades than their male peers, even though they had less confidence in their statistics abilities at the start of the semester.

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