The Halo Effect

Psychology: The Halo Effect – How our Decisions can be Influenced by Radiant Beauty (part 1)
Nov 17, 2015

The Halo Effect – Science of Attraction
Nov 4, 2010

Low-Sodium Food Labels Woo, And Confuse, Consumers
April 16, 2013

…any claim about sodium, preventing disease or lowering blood pressure made the product more appealing.

When asked about a variety of health issues, including losing weight, constipation, and diabetes, participants in the survey said that lower-sodium products would prevent all of them.
Alas, reducing sodium helps only to reduce blood pressure.

“What we saw there was a halo effect [with the low-sodium claim],” says Christina Wong, a graduate student and lead author of the study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
“They see a whole range of health benefits that are totally unrelated to the nutrient.”

A sneeze can remind us to wash our hands and schedule our inoculations—probably more effectively than a lecture.


How To Turn Down The Heat On Fiery Family Arguments

How To Turn Down The Heat On Fiery Family Arguments
April 29, 2013

“When we get negatively charged, our cognitive performance goes down, and we often miss the larger context…

Kastner suggests a course in mindfulness. “It’s the gold standard …

Do damage control when it’s over

halo effect.” In a family where things are mostly positive, even a bad argument can be well-tolerated.

“When children learn emotional regulation and coping skills from the parents,” Kastner says, “it builds resiliency and a sense of mastery