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  • 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
  • How Fantasies Affect Focus

    by Melinda Wenner from Scientific American " Fantasizing about sex gets more than just your juices flowing—it also boosts your analytical thinking skills. Daydreaming about love, on the other hand, makes you more creative, according to a study published in the November 2009 Personality and Social...
     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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  • Some Social Skills May Be Genetic

    by Janelle Weaver for Wired Science "Social butterflies who shine at parties may get their edge from special genes that make them experts at recognizing faces. Scientists have found the strongest evidence to date that genes govern how well we keep track of who’s who. The findings suggest that face...
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  • How to Forget Fear

    by Ed Yong and Alice Fishburn from Seed Magazine "Imagine if you could rewrite your mind as quickly as a document on your computer. No more painful memories, no phobias or ingrained fears, just a blank slate where the scars that mark each human life used to be. This may sound like the stuff of Hollywood...
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  • Are Scientists or Moviemakers the Bigger Dodos?

    by Abby Callard for Smithsonian "You were a tenured professor at the University of New Hampshire and you left to pursue filmmaking in Hollywood. Why? Storytelling. As I look back on the past 30 years, I realize that the single biggest thing that drew me into science were great scientists who told...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Why do we hate? Academics seek answer in new field

    In Psychology in the News "Why did the *** hate the Jews? Why did the Hutus hate the Tutsis? Hate is everywhere, but the fundamental question of why one person can hate another has never been adequately studied, contends Jim Mohr of Gonzaga University, who is developing a new academic field of hate...
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  • Deciding How to Decide

    by Greg Boustead in Seed "It all started with Cheerios. Jonah Lehrer was once again standing in a supermarket aisle, crippled by the thought of which variety of whole-oat goodness to buy: honey nut or apple cinnamon. “It was an embarrassing waste of time,” he says, “and yet it happened to me all...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • How to turn knowledge into wisdom

    By Alice Landry | Examiner "Knowledge is information that you've been exposed to and integrated into your mind as something you know and are aware of. Once you've been presented with something new and learn about it, at what point does that knowledge translate into wisdom? True wisdom is...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
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