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You Can Wash Your Hands of Regret

At the University of Michigan, 125 students picked their favorite fruit jam or favorite CD. Afterward some were told to wash their hands, and those students later felt less need to justify their decision. The metaphor of cleansing influences our thoughts, scientists say: We can rinse away conflict about a choice—even regarding marmalade versus preserves.

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