Tag Archives: judgement

The Illusion Of Insight: Couples Sometimes Communicate No Better Than Strangers (Study 2011; in ScienceDaily)

“”People commonly believe that they communicate better with close friends than with strangers. That closeness can lead people to overestimate how well they communicate, a phenomenon we term the ‘closeness-communication bias,’” said Boaz Keysar, a professor in psychology at the … Continue reading

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Why Face Symmetry Is Sexy Across Cultures And Species (Study 2008; in ScienceDaily

“In humans, faces are an important source of social information. One property of faces that is rapidly noticed is attractiveness. Research has highlighted symmetry and sexual dimorphism (how masculine or feminine a face is) as important variables that determine a … Continue reading

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Treating Longtime Partner Like A First Date Can Boost Morale And Well-Being (Study 2007; in ScienceDaily)

“The quickest way for longtime couples to rekindle romance may be to pretend they’re strangers, according to a University of British Columbia psychology study. By acting as if they’re on a first date, they’ll likely put their best face forward … Continue reading

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Facial Characteristics Indicative Of Personality Traits (Study, ScienceDaily, 2006)

“The team, in collaboration with the University of Durham and the University of St Andrews, asked participants to judge perceived age, attractiveness, and personality traits of real-life married couples. Photographs of female faces were viewed separately to male faces, so … 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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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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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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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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The more you know a place, the more likely your memory will play spatial tricks (Study)

“A new Northwestern University study is the first to show that something may be happening cognitively that leads people to gradually become more biased, and at the same time more accurate, when it comes to their spatial memory as they … Continue reading

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Gender differences in teachers’ perceptions of students’ temperament, educational competence, and teachability (Study)

Abstract “Background. Student’s temperament plays a significant role in teacher’s perception of the student’s learning style, educational competence (EC), and teachability. Hence, temperament contributes to student’s academic achievement and teacher’s subjective ratings of school grades. However, little is known about … Continue reading

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Scientists Disrupt Moral Reasoning With Magnets To The Skull (Study)

“Want to make somebody lose her belief that harming somebody else is wrong? All you have to do is hold a special magnet up to her head in the right place. Using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation – in … Continue reading

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The brains of placebo responders still feel pain, but interpret it differently (Study)

“In placebo responders, activity dropped in areas processing pain, but increased in areas involved in emotion. This suggests that, rather than blocking pain signals into the brain, the placebo is changing the interpretation of pain.” http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19944-would-a-placebo-work-for-you.html

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The Luck Factor. (Richard Wiseman)

This is a rather long article by Prof. Richard Wiseman (published in Scientific Inquirer, May/June 2003) sharing his research findings: “My research revealed that lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at: creating … Continue reading

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Holding a hard or soft ball can influence a person’s perception of how masculine or feminine others are. (Live Science)

“The finding adds to the growing insight about how connected our sense of touch is to social processing in our brains. […] In their study, Slepian and his colleagues had subjects clench either a hard ball or a squishy ball … Continue reading

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Gut feeling and intuition

“…finds that the trustworthiness of our intuition is really influenced by what is happening physically in our bodies. […] Dunn and his co-authors found this link between gut feelings and intuitive decision making to be stronger in people who were … Continue reading

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Social exclusion literally feels cold

Judgement of room temperature: “The estimates varied wildly but volunteers who had social exclusion on their minds gave an average estimate of 21C, while those who remembered fitting in guessed an average of 24C.” Food/Beverage: “The “unpopular” students who had … Continue reading

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Mind Change – Taking Our Brains to Another Dimension

“Mind Change describes the outcome of changes to the way our brains take in and process information becoming ‘hard wired’ as a result of prolific connection to digital technologies. This could have a profound effect on our thoughts, feelings, behaviour … Continue reading

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People believe they have more free will than others

Abstract (Prinin, Kugler) Four experiments identify a tendency for people to believe that their own lives are more guided by the tenets of free will than are the lives of their peers. Tenets involve a priori unpredictability of personal action, … Continue reading

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“The brain may manage anger differently depending on whether we’re lying down or sitting up”

“…findings provide evidence that body position interacts with how the brain processes emotion, perhaps depending on which actions are immediately possible.” http://www.mindhacks.com/2010/12/12/the-brain-isnt-going-to-take-it-lying-down/

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Body of Thought: How Trivial Sensations Can Influence Reasoning, Social Judgment and Perception

“…Just in the past few years studies have shown that holding a hot cup of coffee or being in a comfortably heated room warms a person’s feelings toward strangers; that striking an open, expansive “power pose” prompts people to make … Continue reading

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