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  • Teaching Wisdom

    By Linda J. Kobert, UVA Today Walker Redd remembers distinctly his first encounter with a patient as a University of Virginia medical student. This was not, however, the typical first-year assignment, to get a simple medical history from a hospitalized patient. This was a house call, for starters. And...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Test Your Insight- Interactive Feature

    From the New York Times A summary: Scientists have found indications that your ability to jump to intuitive answers — what they term the “Aha!” moment — may be affected by your mood. After watching a humorous video, brain imaging and test results of subjects suggested that a positive mood prepares the...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Tracing the Spark of Creative Problem-Solving

    By Benedict Carey 12/6/2010, The New York Times The puzzles look easy, and mostly they are. Given three words — “trip,” “house” and “goal,” for example — find a fourth that will complete a compound word with each. A minute or so of mental trolling (housekeeper, goalkeeper, trip?) is all it usually takes...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • 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
  • New Study: Some Sciences Really Are Better Than Others

    By David Berreby from Big Think. "If you want to rile up a biologist and have no pointed stick handy, try this: Tell her that chemistry or physics are "harder," more fundamentally "sciencey" sciences than hers. "You can't use the standards of one science to judge another...
     Posted by: Cait
  • Science and the Inescapability of Metaphysics

    By Robert A. Delfino from The Global Spiral. " The last three centuries have witnessed the great rise of the empirical sciences, such as physics and biology. Indeed, who can deny the extraordinary achievements of science? The technology that we rely on everyday and the life-saving medical procedures...
     Posted by: Cait
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