The Science of Alcoholism

Around 75,000 people in the United States die every year as a result of diabetes,1 while about 85,000 deaths per year are directly related to alcohol use.2 Researchers estimated that the annual cost burden of alcohol use in the United States in 2006 was approximately $223 billion.2 Ten percent of deaths in working age adults […]

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The Science of Personality: From Hannibal Lecter to Peter Parker

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines personality as, “the set of emotional qualities, ways of behaving, etc., that makes a person different from other people.” As a social species, early humans relied on the ability to accurately assess personality for survival. An explicit demand, effective with a more balanced neighbor, may have spelled trouble when directed towards an […]

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Can Money Buy Happiness? Yes, but Only $83,000 worth of It.

Yearly household pre-tax income seems to predict happiness until about $83,000 (circa 2016), at which point higher tax brackets cease to predict greater happiness levels. In a now famous study, Drs. Kahneman and Deaton gathered data on household income, emotional well-being, and life satisfaction from more than 450,000 citizens of the United States between 2008 […]

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