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  • 3 ways the brain creates meaning

    By Tom Wujec "Last year at TED we aimed to try to clarify the overwhelming complexity and richness that we experience at the conference in a project called the Big Viz. And the Big Viz is a collection of 650 sketches that were made by two visual artists. David Sibbet from The Grove, and Kevin Richards...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • Why cops should trust the wisdom of the crowds

    By Michael Bond "The protests that took place on the streets of London on the eve of the G20 summit in April lived up to many people's expectations. Around 2000 protestors turned up, and were heavily marshalled by police. There was a bit of trouble, but the police tactics - specifically, the...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • The Brain Collector

    by Greg Miller Neuroanatomist Jacopo Annese plans to create a digital, zoomable atlas of the brain of Henry Molaison, the most studied human being in the history of psychology, and make it freely available online—the first entry in what he hopes will become an open-access brain library to be used by...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • Reviews of "Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism"

    From the publisher: "The global financial crisis has made it painfully clear that powerful psychological forces are imperiling the wealth of nations today. From blind faith in ever-rising housing prices to plummeting confidence in capital markets, "animal spirits" are driving financial...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • 'How to Live' by Henry Alford

    The Los Angeles Times recently printed an article about How to Live , by Henry Alford, a comedian who set out to write a book about wisdom. "Nothing distresses one of my friends more than hearing that someone has died short of their 70th birthday and Psalm 90's promise of three score and 10...
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  • Update to Richard Trowbridge's Work

    Richard Trowbridge has been collecting and commenting on empirical studies of Wisdom for many years. In addition to his dissertation, he maintains the list on his website. For those digging into the subject, this is a wealth of information. His site, wisdomcenteredlife.org is a wealth of information...
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  • Embodied Cognition and Mindreading (2010)

    Shannon Spaulding Recently, philosophers and psychologists defending the embodied cognition research program have offered arguments against mindreading as a general model of our social understanding. The embodied cognition arguments are of two kinds: those that challenge the developmental picture of...
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  • A Social-Cognitive Framework of Multidisciplinary Team Innovation (2010)

    Susannah B. F. Paletz , Christian D. Schunn The psychology of science typically lacks integration between cognitive and social variables. We present a new framework of team innovation in multidisciplinary science and engineering groups that ties factors from both literatures together. We focus on the...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Good and Good For You: An Affect Theory of Happiness (2010)

    Laura Sizer Happiness is something we all want and strive for. But what is it and why do we want it so badly? Philosophers have offered two sorts of answers to the first question, identifying happiness either with a psychological state or condition (a feeling, emotion or set of judgments), or with the...
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  • Nameless + harmless = blameless: When seemingly irrelevant factors influence judgment of (un)ethical behavior (2009)

    Francesca Gino, Lisa L. Shu and Max H. Bazerman People often make judgments about the ethicality of others’ behaviors and then decide how harshly to punish such behaviors. When they make these judgments and decisions, sometimes the victims of the unethical behavior are identifiable, and sometimes they...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Purpose: giftedness in intrapersonal intelligence. (2009)

    Seana Moran Purpose is an internal compass that integrates engagement in activities that affect others, self-awareness of one's reasons, and the intention to continue these activities. We argue that purpose represents giftedness in intrapersonal intelligence, which processes information related to...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Automatic Evaluation (2009)

    Melissa J. Ferguson and Vivian Zayas Humans continuously evaluate aspects of their environment (people, objects, places) in an automatic fashion (i.e., unintentionally, rapidly). Such evaluations can be highly adaptive, triggering behavioral responses away from threats and toward rewards in the environment...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • The Process of Personal Change Through Reading Fictional Narratives: Implications for Psychotherapy Practice and Theory. (2009)

    Heidi M. Levitt, Woraporn Rattanasampan, Sean Suwichit, Caroline Stanley, Tamara Robinson This qualitative study provides an understanding of how and when individuals experience transformational change as a consequence of reading narratives. Six participants who attributed significant personal changes...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • The ‘return to community’ (2009)

    Barbara Fawcett, Maurice Hanlon In Australia and the United Kingdom over the past two decades, the way human service professionals have been involved in ‘communities’, whether defined by ‘place’, ‘interest’ or ‘exclusion’, has varied with the political complexion of the government in power. This has...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Restricted and Elaborated Modes in the Cultural Analysis of Politics (2009)

    Brian Steensland The "cultural turn" that swept across the social sciences a generation ago ushered in renewed attention to the cultural analysis of politics. Yet despite this growing area of research, there remains a lack of integration between cultural and noncultural studies of political...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • A Longitudinal Test of the Model of Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition (2009)

    Miriam Matthews , Shana Levin , Jim Sidanius Using data from a longitudinal study of college students, this study assessed the relationships among the threat perceptions of realistic threat and intergroup anxiety, the ideological motives of system justification and social dominance orientation (SDO)...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
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