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Can Evolutionary Stories Explain the Human Mind?

Can Evolutionary Stories Explain the Human Mind? | Psychology | Scoop.it
“Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature” (Oxford), a new book by David Barash, inadvertently illustrates how just-so stories about humanity remain strikingly oversold.
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Dichotomies; or Psychology in a nutshell

Dichotomies; or Psychology in a nutshell | Psychology | Scoop.it
The field of psychology abounds with dichotomies- some of which are patently false/outdated, as per the grapevine.
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Improving Your Spatial IQ Can Lift Your Social IQ

Improving Your Spatial IQ Can Lift Your Social IQ | Psychology | Scoop.it
The finding: People with strong social skills are better at seeing other people’s perspectives—literally. The research: After taking tests to measure their social savvy, subjects sat before a model of three buildings that were surrounded by seven objects—all triangles, all cameras, or all dolls. The subjects were asked to look at pictures of the buildings […]
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I guess the explanation is similar to wason selection task.....We have evolved to solve social problems of what perspectives other agents may be having but are poor when generalized o cameras/ triangles/ abstracted from its social context. 

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How Everyone Gets Pavlov Wrong

How Everyone Gets Pavlov Wrong | Psychology | Scoop.it
Michael Specter on a new biography of the Russian scientist. “Pavlov’s lab was essentially a physiology factory, and the dogs were his machines.”
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some historical analysis of Pavlov's work!

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Long story of Pavlov... just if you have a little bit more time than usual (i.e. (almost) never...)... but if you have it will worth your time...:-)))

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Who are the most eminent psychologists of the modern era?

Who are the most eminent psychologists of the modern era? | Psychology | Scoop.it

Glad to see a couple

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Glad to see a couple of positive psychologists in the top 10:-)

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Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Does Everything Happen for a Reason? | Psychology | Scoop.it
Of course not. But studies suggest we have a natural urge to think so.
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people who are empathetic/paranoid i.e. those who attribute max. agency to others are also most likely to find meaning and purpose in life.

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The One Emotion That Really Hurts Your Brain

The One Emotion That Really Hurts Your Brain | Psychology | Scoop.it
New research reveals the fearsome impact of humiliation.
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-ve emotions are toxic; it seems humiliation is the worst of them all.  There are other better methods to shape someone:-)

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How many psychology doctorates are awarded by U.S. institutions?

How many psychology doctorates are awarded by U.S. institutions? | Psychology | Scoop.it
The largest increases in psychology subfields have been in clinical, counseling and school psychology.
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some good data points!

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People Choose Electric Shocks Over Sitting Quietly for 15 Minutes and Thinking — PsyBlog

People Choose Electric Shocks Over Sitting Quietly for 15 Minutes and Thinking — PsyBlog | Psychology | Scoop.it

even reading 'cIn psychology experiment one man shocked himself 190 times rather than sit doing nothing.

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even reading 'shocking' articles like this are preferable over spending time by ourselves:-)

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All Paths Lead to Magical Thinking

All Paths Lead to Magical Thinking | Psychology | Scoop.it
Which cognitive biases lead to which supernatural beliefs?
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Mentalizing leading to magical thinking via dualism, anthropomorphism and teleology!

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Why Behavioral Economics Is Cool, and I'm Not

Why Behavioral Economics Is Cool, and I'm Not | Psychology | Scoop.it

Time to proudly proclaim one apsychologits than take the Psychology has come a long way since Freud, but the brand hasn't caught up. Ideally, we'll start rebranding psychology as a source of interesting, rigorous ideas....

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Time to proudly proclaim one as a psychologist and not look towards labels like behavioral economist or neuroscientist to gain credibility!! I, for one, would loudly like to proclaim myself as a psychologist, but cant as have no formal degrees :-) so I'm a 'psychology enthusiast' which sounds even more cool to me:-))

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Killer Pick Up Lines That Actually Work! - Fulfillment Daily

Killer Pick Up Lines That Actually Work! - Fulfillment Daily | Psychology | Scoop.it
First impressions matter, and our opening few lines can either energize the interaction, or cause the other person to look around for the nearest exit.
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bottom line: don't be flippant, if you are in for the long haul:-)

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Tired of procrastination? Try pre-crastination! - Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com

Tired of procrastination? Try pre-crastination! - Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com | Psychology | Scoop.it
Photo: flickr/nromagna While we like to think we're pretty rational beings, we end up doing irrational things all the time. From believing in superstitions
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Pretty interesting!

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How To Use 10 Psychological Theories To Persuade People

How To Use 10 Psychological Theories To Persuade People | Psychology | Scoop.it
Influence your audience without feeling sleazy about it with these tips on social media.
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Aggression V. Altruism: Crash Course Psychology #40

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aggression or altruism as a response to environmental demands clearly explained with reference to Robber's cave experiment.

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Just Thinking You Slept Poorly Can Hurt Your Performance

Just Thinking You Slept Poorly Can Hurt Your Performance | Psychology | Scoop.it
The study: Colorado College professor Kristi Erdal and psychology student Christina Draganich tricked subjects into believing that the quality of their previous night’s sleep could be determined by measuring their brain waves. Those randomly selected to be told that they’d had a below-average percentage of REM sleep significantly underperformed on an auditory math test, regardless […]
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the power of belief- believing that you had low or high quality sleeps affects your actual performance. 

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Morality is the key to personal identity – Nina Strohminger – Aeon

Morality is the key to personal identity – Nina Strohminger – Aeon | Psychology | Scoop.it

the iWe tend to think that our memories determine our identity, but it’s moral character that really makes us who we are

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The intertwining of morality with identity!

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Magic May Lurk Inside Us All

Magic May Lurk Inside Us All | Psychology | Scoop.it

the Several streams of research in psychology, neuroscience and philosophy are converging on an uncomfortable truth: We’re more susceptible to magical thinking than we’d like to admit.

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the everyday-ness of magical thinking:-)

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Let me ask you this: 'Why aren't there smells in dreams?'

Let me ask you this: 'Why aren't there smells in dreams?' | Psychology | Scoop.it
A research study published in 1896 looked at the prevalence of different sensory experiences in dreams. It found the following occurrence frequency (percent of dreams featuring each sense):
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Seem compelling reasons....

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That's So Random: Why We Persist in Seeing Streaks - New York Times

That's So Random: Why We Persist in Seeing Streaks - New York Times | Psychology | Scoop.it
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That's So Random: Why We Persist in Seeing Streaks
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Today, there still isn't much evidence for a hot hand in basketball or beyond. But our belief in it is unquestionably real.

Via Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks
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Well, I've got a few likes/ thanks in a row for shared articles, so am confident that this one will also receive likes/ thanks:-) I'm on a streak:-)

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How Magical Thinking Controls Our Lives (For Better and Worse) - Matthew Hutson LIVE on Big Think TV | Matthew Hutson | Big Think

How Magical Thinking Controls Our Lives (For Better and Worse) - Matthew Hutson LIVE on Big Think TV | Matthew Hutson | Big Think | Psychology | Scoop.it
In this live interview, Matthew Hutson discusses the ideas in his new book The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking.
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What's important is not to have an accurate view of reality, but a useful view of reality...a profoundly new (and useful) way of looking at things!

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Flashback Friday the 13th: How superstition improves performance. - Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com

Flashback Friday the 13th: How superstition improves performance. - Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com | Psychology | Scoop.it

its somthing akin to having a mleable mindset (I can control my fate by Photo: flickr/discoodoni Since you're reading a science website, you're probably not the type of person to buy into superstition. But according to this stu

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Its something akin to 'malleable' mindset....if I use this lucky charm, I can overcome my fate....vs a 'fixed' mindset.... that I am doomed by my fate.....having a malleable mindset has been shown to increase task persistence etc. ...
so go ahead and indulge with your favorite lucky charm:-)

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What's In a Name? Turns Out, Your Entire Future

What's In a Name? Turns Out, Your Entire Future | Psychology | Scoop.it
New research reveals how your name shapes the course of your life.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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sensationalistic headline; but some good research covered too....

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Love Undetectable: Andrew Sullivan on Why Friendship Is a Greater Gift Than Romantic Love

Love Undetectable: Andrew Sullivan on Why Friendship Is a Greater Gift Than Romantic Love | Psychology | Scoop.it
Reflections on the cornerstone of our flourishing.

"A principal fruit of friendship," Francis Bacon observed, "is the ease and discharge
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IMHO, both romantic love and platonic friendship have their place and  need in our lives!

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Beyond the Damaged Brain

Beyond the Damaged Brain | Psychology | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists can learn from the humanities.
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Focus on the whole person, not just the deficit or damaged brain!!

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