Tag Archive | psychology

Can a Warm Room Melt Climate Change Skepticism?

As Chicago digs out from under two feet of snow and summer feels a million years away, it’s time for the usual jokes doubting the existence of global warming to come from certain quarters of society. It’s apparently a human reflex to start questioning the gradual climb of Earth’s temperatures while shivering knee-deep in snow […]

Linkage 1/7: Tear Communication, The Cost of Fraud

The late December quiet has given way to a post-holiday flurry of exciting research news, most of which I can’t tell you about until next week. But in the meantime, here’s our first weekly roundup for 2011 of the most interesting science and medical news around the web. Tears for Fears Scientists have discovered a […]

Linkage 12/10: Imagination Dieting, Arsenic Update, Cold Hands

Imagine There’s No Hunger This post is going up around lunchtime, and you might be just now picturing what you’re going to eat. There are those healthy whole-wheat pasta leftovers in the fridge, but just down the street is a deli where you can purchase a giant Italian sub with hot peppers and cheese and […]

Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

The common wisdom about kicking an addiction is to “isolate and conquer.” People trying to give up smoking, or coffee, or something more serious, are usually advised to stay away from reminders of their drug, such as other people smoking, the smell of coffee, or other cues that might remind them of their habit. Taken […]

Linkage 10/15: Fetal PTSD and Goldilocks Doubt

Yesterday we talked about how Kathleen Cagney’s research appeared to reveal an effect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the body mass index of people more than a thousand miles away in Dallas. By coincidence, Discover magazine published a book excerpt (from “Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives” […]

Linkage 9/24: Choking, Mad Scientists, & Relativity at Home

In 1994, Italy’s Roberto Baggio was widely considered to be the best soccer player in the world. Having led his country to the final of the World Cup, played before over 100,000 people in the Rose Bowl, Baggio was the obvious choice to take his team’s critical fifth penalty shot in the shootout that would […]

How To Fight Loneliness

Loneliness is bad for your health. The work of John Cacioppo and others has proven this connection repeatedly over the last decade, finding links between loneliness and blood pressure, sleep quality, dementia, gene expression, and many other medical measures. The evidence has built to the point that loneliness could be considered a serious risk factor […]

The Calming Hormonal Effect of Marriage

Married life is stressful, as any stand-up comedian or therapist will tell you. But being married or in a long-term relationship can also change not only your mood, but also your hormones and behavior as well. Biologists have known for a while that when male birds or monkeys stop mating and start raising offspring, they […]

Linkage 8/5: Puh-Puh-Poker Face & Protein Gamerz

Building a Better Poker Face In my semi-regular poker game with a crew of graduate school buddies, I have a reputation for honesty. This has its upside and its downside. When I bet, the other players generally assume I have good cards, which allows me to bluff – but scares everyone off when I actually […]

Linkage 6/4: Mars Mission in a Trailer & Big Tent Science

One of my favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom in Disneyworld was the now-defunct Mission to Mars, a perfect representative of the space age optimism on display in Tomorrowland. For those of you too young to experience it firsthand, it was charmingly simple: a circular theater with video screens above (showing Mars getting bigger) and […]


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