PsychologyWord Watch

Echo Chamber

Repeating arched lights
Why is it so convincing to repeat a claim again and again — even if it’s patently untrue?
Brand IdentityFeatures

Object Of My Affection

Object Of My Affection
What happens when a brand we know (or think we know) and love turns out to be something altogether different?
PsychologyFeatures

Party Of One

Grumpy white cat wearing a party hat
Loneliness hurts — and it can make it harder for us to reconnect with other people.
Personal DataWord Watch

Data. Mine.

Crowd of people taking pictures with smart phones at a concert
Americans have been feeling very protective of our data lately. But what is it exactly that we’re trying to protect?
Free SpeechWord Watch

Language Police

Language Police
What happens when we censor our own words — and the ideas they represent?
TechnologyFeatures

Time Warp

Circle of sparks on a train track
Facebook recently invented a new unit of time, the “flick.” What time units will they launch next?
Language TrendsWord Watch

Battle Cry

Usage of the word embattled in headlines
Why is the word “embattled” popping up in headlines everywhere?
Corporate ResponsibilityFeatures

Do The Right Thing

A child's hand passing a cookie to an adult's hand
Why some companies rally to help in a disaster.
WorkplaceFeatures

The Cure For The Common Cubicle

What is the ideal office space?
Can science help us build a better office space?
Online ShoppingFeatures

Groceries A La Cart

Is online shopping for groceries the new normal?
Will home delivery be the future of food shopping?
Book ExcerptWord Watch

Pathological Friendliness

How nice is too nice? Read an excerpt from Jennie Latson's new book.
Workplace CommunicationWord Watch

Words To The Wise

Business jargon, when used properly, can cut through clutter and enhance understanding. But when used wrong, it can create a fog that not even the smartest can navigate.
Business jargon: How to not communicate effectively.