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  • Are financial advisers worth their fee? Commentary: Added value of portfolio planning — 1.8% per year

    By Chuck Jaffe, MarketWatch BOSTON (MarketWatch) — Investors have long wondered about whether it’s worth paying someone to mastermind a financial plan. After all, it’s tough to see how much a proper asset-allocation plan or the right withdrawal strategy really adds to performance. Now, new research from...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Do You Know When You're Wrong?

    by Katherine Harmon, Scientific American Gray Matter Shows Introspective Ability Is Not Black and White When answering a question, your accuracy in assessing whether you have gotten the answer right—or wrong—might depend on the volume of gray matter in a certain part of your brain, according to a new...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Animal Communication Helps Reveal Roots of Language

    ByMichael Balter "Language leaves no traces in the archaeological record, and many researchers have been doubtful about how much animal communication could reveal about the unique features of human communication. That began to change in the 1990s, when linguists, evolutionary biologists, psychologists...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • A Weird View of Human Nature Skews Psychologists' Studies

    By Dan Jones "Suppose you're a psychologist at a research university, trying to figure out what drives human behavior. You have devised simple, clever experiments in which people play economic games or perceive visual illusions, and you would like large sample sizes. How will you find subjects...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • The Pattern Behind Self-deception

    By Michael Shermer "Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble." Watch the video . Image...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • The Wisdom of Herds: How Social Mood Moves the World

    By John Casti from NewScientist "Put simply, the mood of a group - an institution, state, continent or even the world - is how that group, as a group, feels about the future. Is the group optimistic or pessimistic? Clearly, this question must be addressed on the timescale appropriate for the type...
     Posted by: Cait
  • Why Do We Believe?

    by David Munger from Seed Magazine "Medical writer Tom Rees devotes his blog Epiphenom to the scientific study of religion. Last week he examined a study on the relationship between intelligence and religious belief. Published in Social Psychology Quarterly , this study by Satoshi Kanazawa replicated...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being

    by Adam Hadhazy from Scientific American "As Olympians go for the gold in Vancouver, even the steeliest are likely to experience that familiar feeling of "butterflies" in the stomach. Underlying this sensation is an often-overlooked network of neurons lining our guts that is so extensive...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • How Fantasies Affect Focus

    by Melinda Wenner from Scientific American " Fantasizing about sex gets more than just your juices flowing—it also boosts your analytical thinking skills. Daydreaming about love, on the other hand, makes you more creative, according to a study published in the November 2009 Personality and Social...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • The Seed Salon: Albert-László Barabási + James Fowler (video)

    "Barabási mathematically describes networks in the World Wide Web, the internet, the human body, and society at large. Fowler seeks to identify the social and biological links that define us as humans. In this video Salon, Barabási and Fowler discuss contagion and the Obama campaign, debate the...
     Posted by: nick stock
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  • The Biological Origin of “Self” (2014)

    "Everything should be as simple as it can be but not simpler!” ~ Albert Einstein The Biological Origin of “Self” In my book, The Buddha’s Teachings: Seeing Without Illusion, I explore the Buddha’s concept of Anatta, or no-self. I show that the Buddha described the concept of self as a relative,...
    (My publication) Posted by: Rodger R Ricketts, Psy.D.
  • Debiasing the Mind Through Meditation: Mindfulness and the Sunk-Cost Bias (2014)

    Abstract: In the research reported here, we investigated the debiasing effect of mindfulness meditation on the sunk-cost bias. We conducted four studies (one correlational and three experimental); the results suggest that increased mindfulness reduces the tendency to allow unrecoverable prior costs to...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Developmental Reversals in Risky Decision Making: Intelligence Agents Show Larger Decision Biases Than College Students (2014)

    Abstract: Intelligence agents make risky decisions routinely, with serious consequences for national security. Although common sense and most theories imply that experienced intelligence professionals should be less prone to irrational inconsistencies than college students, we show the opposite. Moreover...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • What IS Mindfulness? A Perspective that the Buddha Taught. (2014)

    There is confusion among professionals about the meaning and application of the practise of Mindfulness. This 'blog' explores that topic and comes to the conclusion that the Buddha meant Sati or Mindfulness to mean a function similar to what is now called meta-cognition or executive brain function...
    (My publication) Posted by: Rodger R Ricketts, Psy.D.
  • Compensating Cognitive Capabilities, Economic Decisions, and Aging (2013)

    Abstract: Fluid intelligence decreases with age, yet evidence about age declines in decision-making quality is mixed: Depending on the study, older adults make worse, equally good, or even better decisions than younger adults. We propose a potential explanation for this puzzle, namely that age differences...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Green by Default (2013)

    Excerpt: Suppose that in a relevant community, there are two sources of energy, denominated “green” and “gray.” Suppose that consistent with its name, “green” is better than gray on environmental grounds. Those who use green energy emit lower levels of greenhouse gases and also of conventional pollutants...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • QnAs with Daniel Kahneman (2013)

    Abstract: The science of human decision-making has long been a stronghold of psychologists. Among the voices that abound in the literature on how people make choices, one scholarly voice has remained strident through several decades. By studying human behavior through the lens of economics, Princeton...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Decisions With Uncertainty: The Glass Half Full (2013)

    Abstract: Each of us makes important decisions involving uncertainty in domains in which we are not experts, such as retirement planning, medical treatment, and precautions against severe weather. Often, reliable information about uncertainty is available to us, although how effectively we incorporate...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • On China Wisdom Strategy (2013)

    A new book on Wisdom studies in Chinese has been just released by Amazon online (Kindle version). This book (in Chinese) is his third book on wisdom studies by Dr. Qingsong Zhang, a historian and a wisdom studies scholar. It contains essays covering topics of China's wisdom strategy, the impact of...
    (My publication) Posted by: kingdomofwise
  • Compassion Training Alters Altruism and Neural Responses to Suffering (2013)

    Abstract: Compassion is a key motivator of altruistic behavior, but little is known about individuals’ capacity to cultivate compassion through training. We examined whether compassion may be systematically trained by testing whether (a) short-term compassion training increases altruistic behavior and...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
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