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Want a raise? Drop a warm puppy into your boss’s lap

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:56

That warm and fuzzy feeling you get sitting in a comfy chair could make you more generous.

So says a new book by Dr. Thelma Lobel called Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence. 

Lobel says she first realized sensations impacted her decisions when she and her husband were trying to sell their apartment in Tel Aviv, Israel.

"We pretty much decided what was the price we were going to ask," she says, "and then they served a lot of hot coffee. And I remember holding a warm cup in my hands all the time. Without noticing it, I went down in the price. I didn't know why I did that."

Lobel's studies later revealed that it wasn't just warm and soft sensations--not necessarily from beverages, either--that made people perceive others as nicer. Cold and hard sensations, she found, have the opposite effect. To that end, the physical copy of her book feels soft on the front cover and rough on the back--an exercise in what she calls "embodied cognition."

"All the things in the environment--the things that we see, the texture of the things we touch, the temperature of the things we touch, the colors we see, the things we smell--they all influence our behaviors, thoughts, emotions, decisions...without our awareness."

Fury over worst Turkey mine disaster

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:55
Anger erupts over the mine disaster in western Turkey, as the death toll rises to 274 making it the deadliest such incident in the country's history.

VIDEO: Rise in Chinese visitors to UK

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:55
New figures demonstrate the growing importance to the UK of tourism from China.

Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:49

Gazprom, the energy company, has dramatically raised the price it charges Ukraine for natural gas. Despite its weak, ailing economy, Ukraine must now pay far more than any other Gazprom client.

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Man dies in mobility scooter crash

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:48
A 77-year-old man dies after his mobility scooter was involved in a collision with a car in Leeds.

Nigeria troops 'fire at commander'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:41
Soldiers open fire on their commander in the north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses say, as anger grows over failure to tackle Islamist insurgency.

Talks open in Ukraine without rebels

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:34
Ukraine's political and civic leaders hold the first round of talks to end the crisis in the country - but separatists were not represented.

Bill Clinton Says His Wife's Brain Is Just Fine, Thank You

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:16

The former president said Republican strategist Karl Rove's recent remarks about Hillary Clinton's health are "just the beginning" of the attacks that are headed her way.

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New Zealand's 'black gold' abalone

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:09
From humble sea snail to expensive gourmet delicacy

Unrest Breaks Out In Vietnam Over Island Dispute With China

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:08

Mobs in Ho Chi Minh City targeted Chinese-owned factories, setting some on fire. Meanwhile, the Philippines says China is building an airstrip on the disputed Spratly Islands.

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Kenyan MPs' bid to evict UK farmers

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:02
A group of MPs in Kenya tables a parliamentary motion calling for some British farmers to be ejected because of the forthcoming khat ban in the UK.

US abortion law to appeals court

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:01
North Dakota appeals a US judge's ruling striking down the state's "foetal heartbeat" abortion ban, the strictest in the country.

Pair jailed for Armagh manslaughter

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 11:00
Two men are jailed for the manslaughter of a County Armagh man who was in a coma for two years after being beaten in June 2010.

'New York Times' Replaces Jill Abramson As Executive Editor

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-14 10:48

Dean Baquet, the paper's managing editor, will become The Times' first African-American executive editor. Abramson's departure was reportedly related to "an issue with management in the newsroom."

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Anti-depressant 'slows' Alzheimer's

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 10:44
An anti-depressant drug could be used to slow the onset of Alzheimer's disease, say scientists in the US.

VIDEO: Desperate search at Turkey mine

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 10:35
Rescue teams are searching desperately for dozens of Turkish miners missing after an explosion caused a pit to collapse, killing at least 245.

Trumpet exhaust failed - Rosberg

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 10:25
Nico Rosberg says the new trumpet exhaust his Mercedes team tried at testing in Barcelona on Wednesday was a failure.

Apology over OAP care check failures

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 10:23
The head of the NHS body carrying out spot checks on elderly care in Welsh hospitals apologises for missing concerns highlighted in a report that left ministers shocked.

Man bailed in Claudia Lawrence probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 10:21
A man arrested on suspicion of murdering York chef Claudia Lawrence, who has been missing since 2009, is bailed by police.

Is the 'world's luckiest man' being exploited?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 10:19
Is the 'world's luckiest man' being exploited?

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