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Neuroskeptic: Should You Judge A Book (Woman) By The Cover?

Neuroskeptic: Should You Judge A Book (Woman) By The Cover? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
"Do physically attractive women possess particularly attractive inner attributes?"

So ask the authors of a study just out in Psychological Science: Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover, Revisited. Their answer? People do tend to judge (female) books by their covers, but we shouldn't.
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Astrology, the Forer Effect, and the Allure of Personal Feedback

Astrology, the Forer Effect, and the Allure of Personal Feedback | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
By: Christopher C. Duke, Ph.D.

You may have heard some of the recent discussions that the astrological zodiac is actually astronomically inaccurate. Because of shifts in the earth’s axis calle...
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Neuroskeptic: Psychology vs Astrology

Neuroskeptic: Psychology vs Astrology | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

A lovely study I just came across examined this question: Science Versus the Stars. The researchers took 52 college students and got them to complete a standard NEO personality questionnaire. They also had to state the date, time and place of their birth.

Three weeks later, the participants were then given two personality summaries - one based on the personality tests, and one on their astrological chart generated with a computer program.

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Logical Fallacy: The Barnum Effect

Logical Fallacy: The Barnum Effect | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Describes and gives examples of the informal logical fallacy of personal validation, also known as the Barnum or Forer effect.
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