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Why You Shouldn't Make Decisions When You're Hungry

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Categories: Biology   |   Society / Culture   |   Psychology   |   Science   |   Social Science  
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Researchers have found that being hungry can trigger impulsive behavior, how is this evolutionarily advantageous?

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