Why We Hold On To Things

What do the things you own say about who you are? Psychologist Bruce Hood studies our relationship with our possessions – from beloved childhood objects to the everyday items we leave behind.

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Additional Resources


Possessed: Why We Want More Than We Need, by Bruce Hood, 2019.


Thinking of me: Self-focus reduces sharing and helping in seven to eight-year-olds, by Sandra Weltzien, Lauren E. Marsh, Bruce Hood. PLoS ONE. 2018.

Picture yourself: Self-focus and the endowment effect in preschool children, by Bruce Hood, Sandra Weltzien, Lauren Marsh, Patricia Kanngiesser. Cognition. 2016.

Children attribute mental lives to toys when they are emotionally attached to them, by Nathalia L. Gjersoe, Emily L. Hall, Bruce Hood. Cognitive Development. 2015.

Putting Like a Pro: The Role of Positive Contagion in Golf Performance and Perception, by Charles Lee, et. al. PLoS ONE. 2011.

Grab Bag:

Bruce Hood gives a Wired talk featuring the cardigan sweater. 

Banksy shreds his own painting. 

Finders Keepers documentary about Shannon Whisnant and John Wood.

George Carlin comedy on stuff. 

Night of the Demon horror film poster.


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