How real is the Real World? When it comes to breasts and biceps, not at all. Since 1992, the MTV reality show the Real World along with its “docusoap” progenies like The Hills, Laguna Beach, and the Jersey Shore have shown us a world full of lean bodies, large breasts, and chiseled abs.
At least, according to a recent article published in Psychological Science by Anuj K. Shah, Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan. In a series of studies, Shah and colleagues examine how scarcity—not having enough of a precious resource such as time or money—affects people’s perceptions of value.
In his new book, The Nurture Effect, Psychologist Anthony Biglan describes how interventions aimed at creating nurturing environments could help solve some of society’s most stubborn, harmful, and costly issues.