Blogger James Clear writes that children who delayed their desire for marshmallows in a 1972 study ended up doing better academically and socially than those that did not. Clear believes training may improve this ability to wait.
Can guilt help you save? An Indian study found that poor labourers saved more if some of their daily cash wage was sealed in an envelope, separate from other funds. They saved even more with pictures of their children on the envelopes, perhaps inspiring guilt if they felt like breaking the seal, says author Dilip Soman - whose new book is out.
Even economists - who you’d think should know better - are influenced by things as simple as the order of options given to them, writes Neil Irwin in the New York Times. A 2015 paper found that economists searching a major US archive were more likely to choose and refer to the first few results for their own papers.