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The False Allure Of Group Selection

Thursday, July 5, 2012
Category: Behavior

From edge.org

The idea of Group Selection has a superficial appeal because humans are indisputably adapted to group living and because some groups are indisputably larger, longer-lived, and more influential than others.

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Would Paying Politicians More Attract Better Politicians?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.freakonomics.com

Just as it seems a bad idea to pay a schoolteacher less than a commensurately talented person can make in other fields, it is probably a bad idea to expect that enough good politicians and civil servants will fill those jobs even though they can make a lot more money doing something else.

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Technology - Evan Selinger - What Happens When We Turn the World′s Most Famous Robot Test on Ourselves? - The Atlantic

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.theatlantic.com

Many consider themselves experts after reading a popular science book, watching a TV program that covers a technical issue, or looking up a complex topic on the Internet. A good question to ask is how the new knowledge compares with interactional expertise.

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Can Motivation Be A Bad Thing?

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

The researchers had subjects read about a stabbing that occurred, but the story was excessively favorable to the accused stabber. Subjects recorded their judgment about the defendant, then read supplementary materials that were less favorable to him, and then recorded their judgment again.

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Bribing Kids to Try on Tests

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.freakonomics.com

The very best results come when we give the students the money before the test, and then we take the money back if they don’t meet the standards. This result is consistent with what psychologists call “loss aversion.

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On keeping your enemies close

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Three experiments supported the hypothesis that dominant leaders seek proximity to ingroup members who pose a threat to their power, as a way to control and downregulate the threat that those members pose.

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Boiling Cheaters in Oil

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.forbes.com

What this means is rather than trying to catch every cheater you randomly sample for cheating and if you find incontrovertible proof then you impose a punishment so viciously harsh that fear of it deters all possible cheaters.

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Will Facebook Help Destroy Organized Religion?

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

But now, for first time in human existence, the internet has given people the opportunity to truly craft their own communities and social networks. And because these networks aren’t bound by location, nearly anybody in the developed world can be a member.

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Why We Help: The Evolution of Cooperation

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.scientificamerican.com

Far from being a nagging exception to the rule of evolution, cooperation has been one of its primary architects

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What’s the Best Way to Discriminate?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

Assuming that the findings can be generalized to other types of discrimination (a real assumption, but not one that’s farfetched), the study has a lot of implications for academic motivation. For example, imagine a 10th or 11th grader who tells their college guidance counselor they want to go to Harvard.

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