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Rational != Self-interested - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Behavior

From andrewgelman.com

I’ve said it before (along with Aaron Edlin and Noah Kaplan) and I’ll say it again. Rationality and self-interest are two dimensions of behavior. An action can be: 1. Rational and self-interested 2.

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Pretending to Be Crazy--All Too Effectively - Ideas Market - WSJ

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Behavior

From blogs.wsj.com

If you don’t have time to read a sizable piece of writing now, bookmark this (or Instapaper it) for later: It reads like a J.G. Ballard short story, or maybe a “Twilight Zone” episode, but it’s an excerpt from a nonfiction book titled “The Psychopath Test,” by Jon Ronson.

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Self-help: Be a sociopath—or just act like one The Economist

Monday, September 2, 2013
Category: Behavior

From www.economist.com

For all the book′s appeal as a memoir, it is perhaps better as a self-help manual for the rest of us. As it turns out, high-functioning sociopaths are full of handy lifestyle tips. Prospero lifted the best from Ms Thomas′s book, with tips on how to incorporate them into your own life.

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Sports, Complexity, and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule : The New Yorker

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Category: Behavior

From www.newyorker.com

Arguments about what it takes to be an elite performer are less persuasive if the performers being studied aren’t actually elite.

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How reality caught up with paranoid delusions " Mike Jay " Aeon

Monday, August 26, 2013
Category: Behavior

From www.aeonmagazine.com

The Truman Show delusion is a contemporary expression of a common form of delusion: the grandiose. Those experiencing the onset of psychosis often become convinced that the world has undergone a subtle shift, placing them at centre-stage in a drama of universal proportions.

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When Power Goes To Your Head, It May Shut Out Your Heart : NPR

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Category: Behavior

From www.npr.org

It turns out, feeling powerless boosted the mirror system — people empathized highly. But, Obhi says, "when people were feeling powerful, the signal wasn′t very high at all." So when people felt power, they really did have more trouble getting inside another person′s head.

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Interview with David Epstein: How Athletes Get Great Books OutsideOnline.com

Monday, August 12, 2013
Category: Behavior

From www.outsideonline.com

Just train for 10,000 hours, right? Not quite. In his new book, author David Epstein argues that top-shelf athletic performance may be more a more complicated formula than we’ve recently come to believe.

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University of Minnesota research reveals luxury products′ role in relationships : UMNews : University of Minnesota

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Category: Behavior

From www1.umn.edu

This research highlights that luxury products serve an important function in relationships, but that men and women use conspicuous consumption for a different purpose. Past research by Griskevicius has found that men often seek expensive products to show off to the opposite sex in order to attract them as mates.

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