Monthly Archives: January 2011

Babies aware of social dominance by 10 months (Study, CORDIS)

“By the time they are 10 months old, babies are aware of social dominance and know that if 2 individuals come into conflict, the bigger one will likely prevail, new US-Danish research shows. The findings, published in the journal Science, … Continue reading

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Closing our eyes affects our moral judgements (Study, ResearchDigest)

“The simple act of closing our eyes has a significant effect on our moral judgement and behaviour. […] Participants with their eyes closed who heard a hypothetical scenario in which they deliberately over-estimated hours worked (so as to charge more) … Continue reading

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Thinner women get fatter paychecks (Study)

“A recent study has found that a worker’s girth can have an appreciable impact on the size of his or her paycheck. The study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that thin women are paid more than their … Continue reading

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David Eagleman – The law and neuroscience

“Dr David Eagleman considers some emerging questions relating to law and neuroscience, challenging long-held assumptions in criminality and punishment and predicting a radical new future for the legal system.” I found it relatively interesting from minute 26 onwards, speaking about: … Continue reading

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“When a Buddhist applies the idea of constant change to the self and the soul, he gains an insight that other religions lack.” (David Weisman)

“When a Buddhist applies the idea of constant change to the self and the soul, he gains an insight that other religions lack. What we call a mind (or a self, or a soul) is actually something that changes so … Continue reading

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Men are distracted by attractive newsreaders: The more attractive a female newsreader is, the less likely male viewers are to remember what she had been saying (Study, DailyMail)

“It won’t come as much of a surprise to women, but men are distracted by attractive newsreaders. In fact, the more attractive a female newsreader is, the less likely male viewers are to remember what she had been saying, according … Continue reading

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Beautiful People Really ARE More Intelligent (Study, PT)

Correlation study: “Intelligence is just as strongly correlated with beauty as with education” “The National Child Development Study (NCDS) includes all babies bornduring the week of 03-09 March 1958 in Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland), and has followed them … Continue reading

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(Creepy indeed:) Decapitation in Rats: Latency to Unconsciousness and the ‘Wave of Death’ (Study)

Abstract “The question whether decapitation is a humane method of euthanasia in awake animals is being debated. To gather arguments in this debate, obsolete rats were decapitated while recording the EEG, both of awake rats and of anesthetized rats. Following … Continue reading

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Interacting with women can impair men’s cognitive functioning (Study)

A b s t r a c t “The present research tested the prediction that mixed-sex interactions may temporarily impair cognitive functioning. Two studies, in which participants interacted either with a same-sex or opposite-sex other, demonstrated that men’s (but not … Continue reading

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Sussing Out Simians: Humans Can Accurately Size Up a Chimp’s Personality after Viewing Its Face (Study, Scientific American Mind)

“A new study suggests that humans and their nearest evolutionary cousins not only transmit personality traits via their facial characteristics, but that people can pick up on these cues from both species” “In four experiments scientists asked university students to … Continue reading

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Remembering why: Can people consistently recall reasons for their behaviour? (Study)

“Nearly six hundred undergrads answered open-ended questions about why they’d purchased, downloaded or copied their most recently acquired album (the vast majority had acquired one within the last two weeks), and then they provided the same information again six months … Continue reading

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Learning: “Quiz yourself” better than “re-reading/mapping core concepts” (Science, study)

Abstract “Educators rely heavily on learning activities that encourage elaborative studying, while activities that require students to practice retrieving and reconstructing knowledge are used less frequently. Here, we show that practicing retrieval produces greater gains in meaningful learning than elaborative … Continue reading

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Think Different: How Perception Reveals Brain Differences (Scientific American Mind, Study)

“The ways in which brains differ from one another show up in the ways their owners perceive the world.” “Rees’s studies establish that differences in the morphology, or shape, of our brains are mirrored in differences in the way we … Continue reading

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Self-control in childhood predicts health and wealth in adulthood (Study)

“Thanks to their unique study, Moffit and Caspi have found that children who show high levels of self-control within their first decade of life do better in adulthood. Even after accounting for things like intelligence and social class, those who … Continue reading

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People aren’t born afraid of spiders and snakes: Fear is quickly learned during infancy (Study)

“..Susan Mineka’s research (from Northwestern University) shows that monkeys that are raised in the lab aren’t afraid of snakes, but they’ll learn to fear snakes much more readily than flowers or rabbits. The authors of the Current Directions in Psychological … Continue reading

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The Terminator Scenario: Are We Giving Our Military Machines Too Much Power? (PopSci)

This (long) article is dealing with the future challenges connected with the use of drones/robots mainly in the context of war (but also in general): “The biggest danger is not the Terminator scenario everyone imagines, the machines taking over—that’s not … Continue reading

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‘Authoritarian Governments Have Immensely Benefited From The Web’ (Interview)

An interesting (and not too long) interview with Morozov about the internet and its role/function in forming political social groupings/identifiying social sentiment/political trends/upheavals etc. in autoritarian countries (but also “in general”). Interviewer: “One of your chapters is called “Why The … Continue reading

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The Socioeconomics of Parenting (Jonah Lehrer)

“How much do the decisions of parents matter? Most parents believe that even the most mundane acts of parenting—from their choice of day care to their policy on videogames—can profoundly influence the success of their children. Kids are like wet … Continue reading

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Newly discovered RNA steers brain development (Harvard Medical School study)

“FINDINGS: A newly discovered class of RNA molecules helps elucidate the long-standing scientific question of how a person’s external experiences turn on the genes that over time help shape the connections among cells that make up the human brain. Called … Continue reading

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Facebook: Five studies dealing with FB (collection of abstracts and links)

Facebook and MySpace: Complement or Substitute for Face-to-Face Interaction? Kujath CL. (Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2010 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print]) “The present study hypothesized that this type of communication is not a substitute for face-to-face interaction; rather, that … Continue reading

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