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The virtues of gossip

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Reputation systems promote cooperation and deter antisocial behavior in groups. Little is known, however, about how and why people share reputational information. Here, we seek to establish the existence and dynamics of prosocial gossip, the sharing of negative evaluative information about a target in a way that protects others from antisocial or exploitative behavior.

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There Are Some Things Our Emotions Don’t Know

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

The findings suggest that under certain circumstances you can essentially get a second opinion on your intuitions by reappraising them, and that the reappraisal often leads to judgments that are based on more-deliberate reasoning.

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The effects of money activation on social preferences and social behavior in young children

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.sciencedirect.com

After money activation, children were more selfish in economic games, revealing less prosocial preferences and were less prone to help the experimenter than children from the control group. Even if children at this stage do not understand the economic mechanisms of money and are not able to use money properly in the instrumental context, they react to symbolic activation.

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How Images of War Can Lead to the Desire for More War

Friday, June 22, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

The cycle is something like this: Seeing destruction "> activation of death "> reaffirmation of beliefs "> increased negativity regarding opposing beliefs "> support for military action or violence against those with opposing beliefs "> destruction occurs "> seeing destruction… The authors relate this cycle to the “broken windows” theory and speculate about how run-down or destroyed areas deteriorate even further.

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How Money Can Buy Happiness…If You’re Rich

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

If a plant worker in Ohio has to take a pay cut, he’s still going to be a bigwig at his neighborhood poker game. At the very least, his status at work is unlikely to change because everybody is probably taking pay cuts.

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Teach Your Children To Succeed By Putting Obstacles In Their Way

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.rolereboot.org

Parents in the “Traditional” generation—those born prior to 1945—criticized their kids’ talents in the belief that such criticism would increase their effort (an important value for those parents).

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Is War Inevitable? Human Evolution DISCOVER Magazine

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Behavior

From discovermagazine.com

Our bloody nature, it can now be argued in the context of modern biology, is ingrained because group-versus-group competition was a principal driving force that made us what we are. In prehistory, group selection (that is, the competition between tribes instead of between individuals) lifted the hominids that became territorial carnivores to heights of solidarity, to genius, to enterprise—and to fear.

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The Fallacy of the ′Hijacked Brain′

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Behavior

From opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

One particularly interesting variation on this question appears in scientific, academic and therapeutic discussions about addiction. Many times, the question is framed as follows: “Is addiction a disease or a choice?” The argument runs along these lines: If addiction is a disease, then in some ways it is out of our control and forecloses choices.

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The Quest For the “Lipstick Effect” « peer-reviewed by my neurons

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

Although economic data provides some support for the Lipstick Effect, there has never been any experimental evidence that demonstrates its existence or explains why it arises. Nevertheless, a group of researchers led by Sarah Hill and Christopher Rodeheffer of TCU decided to put on their Indiana Jones hats and attempt to prove to the world once and for all that the Lipstick Effect is real.

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The Smarter People Are, the More Susceptible They Are to Cognitive Bias

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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.newyorker.com

When people face an uncertain situation, they don’t carefully evaluate the information or look up relevant statistics. Instead, their decisions depend on a long list of mental shortcuts, which often lead them to make foolish decisions.

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