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A Maryland teacher has been incarcerated for writing science fiction.

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A Maryland teacher has been incarcerated for writing science fiction. Set 900 years from now, Patrick McLaw's stories depict the aftermath of a school shooting — a subject that alerted the police. He was forced to take a psychological evaluation, is now barred from school property, and is suspended from his job. Read more...

Eaterwire: Richard Blais on Food Network; Napa Earthquake Relief

FOOD TV — Chef and Top Chef lifer Richard Blais is getting his own show on the Food Network. Per the announcement, Hungry Games will explore the "psychology and science behind our food decisions " through "a series of fun...

Students Who Take Notes With Laptops Learn Less, and the Reason May Surprise You

6 days agoNews : Truthdig

Shutterstock A few months ago, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that students who hand-write their notes learn better than those who use laptops, and the reason is not because the latter are busy checking Facebook. Separate groups totaling 327 test subjects were asked to record the same lecture by hand or by laptop. Show More Summary

Book Review - Happy Money: The Science Of Smarter Spending

By Kevin Hsu: Originally published on July 16, 2014 About Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton, Authors Elizabeth Dunn is an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Michael Norton is an associate professor of marketing at the Harvard Business School. Show More Summary

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

last weekOdd : Brain Pickings

How to sculpt an environment that optimizes creative flow and summons relevant knowledge from your long-term memory through the right retrieval cues. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

A new meta-analysis published in Psychological Science throws a bucket of cold water on the "10,000-

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A new meta-analysis published in Psychological Science throws a bucket of cold water on the "10,000-hour rule" – the idea that "deliberate practice" of any skill for 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert at that skill. Fiona Rutherford breaks down the results over at NewStatesman. Read more...

Childhood Drawing Skills Might Predict Intelligence

Kids' drawings reveal a lot more than what they think of mommy's new boyfriend. How well someone draws as a child might predict intelligence as a 14-year-old, a large-scale study of twins in the journal Psychological Science suggests. Read Full Story

Children's drawings indicate later intelligence

How 4-year old children draw pictures of a child is an indicator of intelligence at age 14, according to a study by King's College London, published today in Psychological Science. The researchers studied 7,752 pairs of identical and...Show More Summary

Can Dogs Show Jealousy? New Study Claims, ‘Yes’

Dogs may be capable of showing basic jealousy, a new study claims. (Of course, this is something that dog owners have known for years, but science has finally taken a crack at it.) According to a report from Valley News, a psychology professor decided to study for the first time whether dogs and jealousy are

Differing interests of psychology students, professors could impact retention

What is the best way to keep psychology students from switching majors? According to a study, putting off intensive science courses may help. The study compared the views and interests of college students and instructors with regard to the psychology discipline, and then examined the implications of the differential interests.

Will there always be sexist Internet trolls? A science educator gives an answer

Science educator Vanessa Hill calls out sexist commenters and explains the psychology of nasty Internet trolls

What You Can Learn From Watching Investigation Discovery For 24 Hours

3 weeks agoOdd : Neatorama

Watching true crime TV shows can teach you a thing or two about psychological profiling, forensic science and the horrific things people do to each other, but watch too much murder themed TV and you’re liable to become a bit paranoid. Show More Summary

Somebody in psychology finally ‘gets it’ about Stephan Lewandowsky and John Cook and their ‘smear science

Social psychologist Jose Duarte pulls no punches in describing Lewandowsky’s failures of science in the “Moon Hoax” paper and the later retracted “Fury” paper. And then goes on to describe failure in Cook’s 97% consensus paper. Excerpts follow. in their … Continue reading ?

Seeing more African Americans in prison increases support for policies that exacerbate inequality

Informing the public about African Americans' disproportionate incarceration rate may actually bolster support for punitive policies that perpetuate inequality, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. read more

Abortion Has Cost the U.S. $16 Trillion in Lost Revenue, The Size of the National Debt

Washington, DC (LiveAction) — The pro-life movement often talks of the science behind life in the womb, the fact that abortion leaves emotional, psychological and physical scars on women and the inherent beauty of every life. What we don’t often talk about, though, is money. After all, doesn’t it seem somewhat crass to couch pro-life […]

The “scientific surprise” two-step

During the past year or so, we’ve been discussing a bunch of “Psychological Science”-style papers in which dramatic claims are made based on somewhat open-ended analysis of small samples with noisy measurements. One thing that comesShow More Summary

Awaiting a theory of neural weather

In a recent New York Times editorial, psychologist Gary Marcus noted that neuroscience is still awaiting a ‘bridging’ theory that elegantly connects neuroscience with psychology. This reflects a common belief in cognitive science that there is a ‘missing law’ to be discovered that will tell us how mind and brain are linked – but it […]

39 Resources for Understanding the Science & Psychology Behind Great Marketing

We all know that a deep understanding of psychology will make us better marketers, but determining exactly where to start if we want to learn more about the psychology of marketing can feel daunting. After all, psychology is an enormous field, with many sub areas to drill down into and countless case studies, books, online […]

Sleep deprivation may increase susceptibility to false memories

Not getting enough sleep may increase the likelihood of forming false memories, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In a study conducted by psychological scientist Steven J. Show More Summary

The Evolutionary Psychology of Promiscuity

Categories: Science Skepticism Fellow Skepchick Mindy alerted me to this story in The Atlantic about some new evolutionary psychology research concerning promiscuity and morality. As usual, the reporting on the research uncritically reproduces all sorts of essentialist ideas about sex/gender and sexuality while reporting on the research. Show More Summary

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