Highlights: June 16–22

Here are our top picks of the week, including: where you should be looking for help (but aren't), a life-or-death choice between puppies and people, and strange cases of forgetting.

Would You Save a Puppy or a Child From a Burning Building?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D.
A new study shows when we choose pets over people.

Is Behavioral Economics the Death of Living Wills?

By Peter A. Ubel M.D.
The psychological limits of end-of-life decision making

The 1-Minute Trick to Negotiating Like a Boss

By Heidi Grant Halvorson Ph.D.
Adopt the mindset to get what you want

Brain Chemistry and Upbringing Shape How We Make Friends

By Joshua Gowin Ph.D.
Parenting and oxytocin levels jointly influence how we behave with friends.

Finding the Hidden Value in Your Network

By Adam Grant Ph.D.
Are you looking for help in all the wrong places?

Secrets of the Whistleblower

By Kaja Perina
Beware the conflation of state secrets and secrets of the heart.

New Ammo in the Mommy Wars

By Robin Marantz Henig
Folks giving advice about when to have kids, & how many, turn to social science