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Take this test to find out if you are a "super recognizer" of faces

3 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Josh P. Davis, a psychology professor at the University of Greenwich estimates the 1% of the population are "super-recognizers" of faces. From Science Alert: In 2009, a team of neuroscientists from Harvard did one of the first studies of super-recognisers. Show More Summary

“Balls,” said the Queen. . . .

Tool or weapon? “Our study suggests that the throwing of stones played a key role in the evolution of hunting,” said Bingham, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and an author on the study. “We don’t think that throwing is the sole, or even primary, [...]

Moist. MOIST!!!! (the science of why some people hate that word)

4 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

New psychology research explores "word aversion," or why "as many as 20% of the population equates hearing the word 'moist' to the sound fingernails scratching a chalkboard." In a scientific paper about their study, psychologists from...Show More Summary

An ethnographic study of the “open evidential culture” of research psychology

Claude Fischer points me to this paper by David Peterson, “The Baby Factory: Difficult Research Objects, Disciplinary Standards, and the Production of Statistical Significance,” which begins: Science studies scholars have shown thatShow More Summary

How Not To Get Stuck In Traffic [Video]

Everyone know the problem with traffic is other drivers, but this video explores how science as diverse as phase particles and psychology play a role in clogging up our streets. (Note that the final 30 seconds or so of the clip is aShow More Summary

Science reporters are getting the picture

Enrico Schaar points me to two news articles: What psychology’s crisis means for the future of science by Brian Resnick and These doctors want to fix a huge problem with drug trials. Why isn’t anyone listening? by Julia Belluz. I don’t really have anything to add here beyond what I’ve blogged on these topics before. Show More Summary

Psychologist reveals science behind a fulfilling single life

DENVER - Dating shows, dating apps - they all strive to make sure none of us end up uncoupled forever. But it turns out many single people embrace their single lives, and are likely to experience more psychological growth and development than married people, according to a psychologist who presented at the American Psychological Association's 124th Annual Convention. read more

Maintaining healthy relationships: University of Waterloo studies identify a promising way

Thinking about the future helps overcome relationship conflicts, according to a University of Waterloo study just published online in Social Psychological and Personality Science. read more

7 lessons freelance designers can learn from tattoo artists

We’re big believers that some of the biggest lessons you’ll ever learn in life, are those learnt in unlikely places. The human mind is programmed to enjoy fun and if you’ve ever studied the science and psychology of memory, you’ll know that the more fun your brain has, the more likely something is to stick. Show More Summary

The behavioral psychology behind freemium mobile games

last monthHumor / odd : Kottke.org

In a short video, Joss Fong and Dion Lee of Vox explore how free mobile games are engineered to make money using behavioral psychology. By collecting troves of data on how users play their games, developers have mastered the science of applied addiction. Show More Summary

Watching the brain do math

A new Carnegie Mellon University neuroimaging study reveals the mental stages people go through as they are solving challenging math problems. Published in Psychological Science, researchers combined two analytical strategies to use functional MRI (fMRI) to identify patterns of brain activity that aligned with four distinct stages of problem solving. read more

Distinct stages of thinking revealed by brain activity patterns

Neuroimaging data can reveal the mental stages people go through as they are solving challenging math problems, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. By combining...Show More Summary

Science fiction master Ursula K. Le Guin talks Comic-Con and the psychological power of imagination

As Comic-Con begins yet another flashy fest, one of alternative fiction's true masters, Ursula K. Le Guin, is shaping her forthcoming book, "Words Are My Matter." Find the full archive of "Patt Morrison Asks" podcasts here or search for "Patt Morrison Asks" on iTunes. To read this week's column,...

15 facts that prove you're better off single

Science, nature or something in between wants you to be alone forever. It's a fact. Looking at our biology, psychology and good old statistics when it comes to our relationships, it's pretty clear that the odds are bleak when it comes...Show More Summary

Myles Power’s dishonest defense of evolutionary psychology

last monthAcademics : Pharyngula

Back around the 11th of July, I saw a few comments by a guy named Myles Power, a science youtuber, who was quite irate that Rebecca Watson criticized evolutionary psychology five years ago. There were the usual vaguely horrified reactions implying how annoying it was that some mere communications major would criticize an established, credible,…

Science Has Just Uncovered the Secret of the World's Best Networkers

last monthTechnology : The Goods

This clever psychological hack makes it three times more likely you'll leave a good impression.

Science Explains Why Everyone's Addicted To Pokémon GO

2 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

Gotta catch 'em all? Here's the psychology behind why you want to collect digital monsters.

Science Says Eating Your Veggies Makes You a Happier Person

New research suggests a “psychological payoff now,” not just improved health later.

Tuning in to deaf needs

Psychology researcher Peter Hauser aims to help deaf and hard-of-hearing students succeed in the biomedical sciences

Captive Whales Deeply Suffer Psychologically, Experts Agree

Experts across the board, including leaders in animal welfare science, agree that captive cetaceans are psychologically ill and cannot adequately be kept in tiny water cages.

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