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  • 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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  • 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
  • Contextualized self: When the self runs into social dilemmas (2009)

    Chang-Jiang Liu, Shu Li Research on the construction of self and of others has indicated that the way that individuals construe themselves and others exerts an important influence on their cognition, emotion, and even behavior. The present study extends this line of research to mixed-motive situations...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • The Evolution of Misbelief (2009)

    Ryan T. McKay, Daniel C. Dennett From an evolutionary standpoint, a default presumption is that true beliefs are adaptive and misbeliefs maladaptive. But if humans are biologically engineered to appraise the world accurately and to form true beliefs, how are we to explain the routine exceptions to this...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Extending the range of adaptive misbelief: Memory “distortions” as functional features (2009)

    Pascal Boyer A large amount of research in cognitive psychology is focused on memory distortions, understood as deviations from various (largely implicit) standards. Many alleged distortions actually suggest a highly functional system that balances the cost of acquiring new information with the benefit...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • The cognitive neuroscience of deception (2009)

    Giorgio Ganis and Julian Paul Keenan William Hazlitt (1778-1830), a British writer, once asserted that, “life is the art of being deceived.” Human social relations are so steeped in deception that it is impossible to imagine life without it. From great drama sweeping one away momentarily to interleaved...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: wattawa
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