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  • You Know More Than You Know

    By Jonah Lehrer, Wired October 12, 2010 There’s a fascinating new paper in Psychological Science by the Dutch psychologist Ap Dijksterhuis on the virtues of unconscious thought when it comes to predicting the outcome of soccer matches. It turns out that the conscious brain – that rational voice in your...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Does Age Really Bring Wisdom?

    By Josh Tapper, Guelph Mercury News August 10, 2010 Although adults older than 65 face challenges to body and brain, the 70s and 80s also bring an abundance of social and emotional knowledge, qualities scientists are beginning to define as wisdom. As Carstensen and another social psychologist, Fredda...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • The Pleasures of Imagination

    by Paul Bloom How do Americans spend their leisure time? The answer might surprise you. The most common voluntary activity is not eating, drinking alcohol, or taking drugs. It is not socializing with friends, participating in sports, or relaxing with the family. While people sometimes describe sex as...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • 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
  • Questionable Answers

    By Dave Munger in SEED "Women married to wealthier men say they experience more orgasms. People who say they watch more TV are more likely to die sooner. People who say they got more vaccines are more likely to say they got sick after getting them. People who say they eat more fish are more likely...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • Carol Dweck's Attitude: It's Not About How Smart You Are

    By David Glenn from The Chronicle of Higher Education "That's one tiny way in which Dweck's theories might change higher education. But she also has grander hopes. Colleges could improve their students' learning, she says, if they relentlessly encouraged them to think about their mental...
     Posted by: Cait
  • Nudges Gone Wrong

    By Ray Fisman from Slate. "Psychologists and behavioral economists hope that our tendency to benchmark our own achievements using the performance of others might provide a way to encourage Americans to become better citizens. Can the fear of being below average persuade us to reduce our electricity...
     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
  • Wisdom of the Fool's Choice

    by Philip Ball from Nature News "Medieval monarchies might not have had many things to recommend them compared with liberal democracies, but here's one: our rulers have no Fools. How often now will a national leader employ someone to laugh at their folly and remind them of bitter truths? More...
     Posted by: nick stock
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