Category Archives: psychology

Moonship Journeys

Buying experiences, not possessions, leads to greater happiness: “experiential purchases, such as a meal out or theater tickets, result in increased well-being because they satisfy higher order needs, specifically the need for social connectedness and vitality — a feeling of … Continue reading

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The Mind Bites

Mind bites presents 83 beautifully illustrated reasons why I fled from Psychology. characteristic pseudoscience cynicism so thick, you could cut it with a knife — I’m sure to be the object of someone’s RDD for that remark. “This and that … Continue reading

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Learning Makes Itself Invisible

Learning SHOULD Be Fun: Tom Stafford writes “In lots of teaching situations we focus on the right and wrong answers to things, which is a venerable paradigm for learning, but not the only one. There is a less structured, curiosity-driven, … Continue reading

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Milgram Revisited

Four Decades After Milgram, We’re Still Willing to Inflict Pain: “If this is how most people behave, how do we prevent more Holocausts, Abu Ghraibs and other examples of wanton cruelty? Part of the answer, Professor Burger argues, is teaching … Continue reading

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A Taste for Mastery

We're Only Human: “These findings, reported in the December issue of Psychological Science, may explain the power of hobbies. But more than that they sound a warning to those choosing jobs and careers. Hard work and mastery may give us … Continue reading

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How intelligent are intelligence tests?

Whitehead responds @ Neuroanthropology: “social, musical, artistic, and “bodily-kinaesthetic” (including dance and sports) skills have been important since the “dawn of civilization” whereas logical scientific thought only came to the fore after the European Renaissance (Atkinson et al., 1993: 476). … Continue reading

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Turn Off the Boob-Toob

Science for Raising Happy Kids: “a new study out shows, once again, a pretty strong link between happiness and NOT watching television. University of Maryland sociologists John Robinson and Steven Martin show that happier people tend to watch considerably less … Continue reading

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