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11/25/2012

Reducing 20/20 Hindsight Bias

Marcus Woo
A team led by Colin Camerer and Shinsuke Shimojo has found a way to predict the severity of hindsight bias and has identified a technique that successfully reduces it.
11/12/2012

Snap Judgments During Speed Dating

Marcus Woo
Researchers at Caltech have found that people make speed-dating decisions based on a combination of two different factors that are related to activity in two distinct parts of the brain.
10/28/2012

Literature in the Middle Ages: An Interview with Jennifer Jahner

Marcus Woo
This fall, Jennifer Jahner joined Caltech as an assistant professor of English. She recently answered a few questions about her research and her thoughts on joining Caltech.
10/18/2012

Technology Has Improved Voting Procedures

Marcus Woo
Thanks to better voting technology over the last decade, the country's election process has seen much improvement, according to a new report released today by researchers at Caltech and MIT. However, the report notes, despite this progress, some problems remain.
10/16/2012

Handicapping the Election: An Interview with Erik Snowberg

Michael Rogers
Erik Snowberg, a Caltech professor of economics and political science, is an expert on the relationship between economics and politics. With the U.S. presidential election just about a month away, he recently answered a few questions about the presidential race.
10/06/2012

Columbus to D'Ailly: Are We There Yet?

Ann Motrunich
Nicolás Wey-Gómez, a Christopher Columbus expert and Caltech history professor, explains why Columbus put much faith in medieval theologian and cosmographer Pierre D'Ailly in researching the route to Japan.
10/03/2012

Caltech Again Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking

Kathy Svitil
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.
09/26/2012

Matthew Elliott: Modeling Networks

Marcus Woo
Matthew Elliott is Caltech's newest assistant professor of economics. After receiving his PhD from Stanford in 2011, he spent a year at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before arriving in Pasadena this fall.
09/26/2012

Ready for Your Close-Up?

Katie Neith
Previous studies have examined how our social judgments of pictures of people are influenced by factors such as whether the person is smiling or frowning, but until now one factor has never been investigated: the distance between the photographer and the subject.
09/26/2012

Making the Healthy Choice

Marcus Woo
Almost everyone knows the feeling: you see a delicious piece of chocolate cake on the table, but as you grab your fork, you think twice. The cake is too fattening and unhealthy, you tell yourself. Maybe you should skip dessert. But the cake still beckons.