Monthly Archives: November 2011

On the Spirit Level

Behavioural Psychology and The Spirit Level     Peter Winsley   Health inequalities are associated with income inequality and rank status in social hierarchies are at the heart of this.  Rank status inequality is translated into poor health outcomes by … Continue reading

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The Coase Theorum and psychology

The Coase Theorem and behavioural psychology   Peter Winsley*   Keywords: Coase theorem; endowment effect; behavioural psychology   The Coase theorem is not consistent with two behavioural psychology observations: people are subject to an endowment effect, and some goods are … Continue reading

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Identity and self-control

Applying understanding of psychology, neurological pathways and social inequality to smoking cessation   Abstract   Vulnerability to many drugs results from their ability to give a “false signal” of an evolutionary fitness advantage.  Drug addiction is often associated with different … Continue reading

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Psychology and smoking

Applying understanding of psychology, neurological pathways and social inequality to smoking cessation   Abstract   Vulnerability to many drugs results from their ability to give a “false signal” of an evolutionary fitness advantage.  Drug addiction is often associated with different … Continue reading

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Literature and economics

While it is possible to be a great mathematician, physicist or biologist without wider life interests, good economics depends on understanding of human psychology and on cultural, historical and especially literary insight. Why should this be so? Firstly, in any … Continue reading

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Risking lives for health: Apirana Ngata’s support for Maori participation in World War One

Abstract Apirana Ngata supported Maori participation in World War One despite the certainty of casualties.  Ngata contended that involvement in the war would generate benefits higher than costs to Maori.  This seemed counter-intuitive after a time when the Maori population … Continue reading

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Maxim Gorky’s The Confession

Abstract   Maxim Gorky’s novel The Confession embodies the philosophy of the “God-building” movement that arose in the Russian Empire in the late 19th century.  The Confession expresses Gorky’s belief in humanity when strong individuals are connected to each other.  … Continue reading

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