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  • Memories Are Crucial for Looking Into the Future

    By Carl Zimmer, Discover magazine The past and future may seem like different worlds, yet the two are intimately intertwined in our minds. In recent studies on mental time travel, neuroscientists found that we use many of the same regions of the brain to remember the past as we do to envision our future...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • The Collected Wisdom of Great Leadership Gurus

    By Harvey Schachter The Globe and Mail , 12/1/2010 Lao Tzu, Freud, Elizabeth I, and Marx are an unlikely quartet of leadership gurus. But they are a sample of an eclectic group of writers and leaders whose words are captured in Harvard University professor Barbara Kellerman’s compilation Leadership:...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • 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
  • Current TV’s Network Science

    by Evan Lerner in Seed Magazine "When Max Lugavere and Jason Silva met at the University of Miami, they were two young idealists who found common ground in film, psychology, and philosophy. But when Al Gore announced his plans to start a TV network powered by a worldwide legion of socially minded...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Brain food: The Psychology of Heroism

    By Aditya Chakrabortty from The Guardian "Of all the virtues, heroism is now the most remote. Heroes are either mythic or historical characters (Achilles or Gandhi) or they are superhuman (Spider-Man, or even 9/11 firefighters). What they are not is one of us. Our age has role models and it has...
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  • Never Mind What People Believe—How Can We Change What They Do? A Chat with Robert Cialdini

    by David Roberts from Grist "When it comes to energy, policymakers are often confronted with human behavior that seems irrational, unpredictable, or unmanageable. Advocates for energy efficiency in particular are plagued by the gap between what it would make sense for people to do and what they...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Clive Thompson on How Group Think Rules What We Like

    by Clive Thompson from Wired Magazine "Can you persuade someone to like a product by telling them that it’s popular? Do teenagers like Taylor Swift because she’s good or because everyone else they know likes her — so hey, she must be good, right? Sociologist Robert Merton dubbed this tendency to...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Loneliness May Be Contagious

    By Lisa Grossman in Wired "Staying socially connected may be just as important for public health as washing your hands and covering your cough. A new study suggests that feelings of loneliness can spread through social networks like the common cold..." Read the article .
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Ability to Guess Others' Thoughts Tied to Language Proficiency

    by Nicole Branan in Scientific American "What’s this guy thinking? Does he know what I know? Most of us develop the ability to make inferences about what other people might be thinking, the hallmark of “theory of mind,” at age four. Scientists have long known that the acquisition of language plays...
     Posted by: nick stock
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