Also featured: Not all jobs win you MacArthur Genius grants. And not all jobs earn you millions of dollars. Some jobs are necessarily boring and tedious. Andrea Veltman (James Madison University) says that’s an unfortunate truth because meaningful and fulfilling work are central to living well – and that it boosts self-respect, dignity, and autonomy. Degrading and stultifying work, she says, can have the opposite effect. So how do you make your work meaningful?
Cell phone cameras, Wikipedia, and Google – today’s technology makes it easier for students to cheat. Psychologist David Rettinger (University of Mary Washington) used to believe that teaching right from wrong was enough to deter it. But his recent research suggests that’s not enough. He says old-fashioned guilt, shame, and fear of getting caught are crucial ingredients to stop students from cheating.