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The Origins of Kindness: Listen to our interview with science historian Oren Harman. He’s our guest in this Science Forum discussion. Harman is a professor at Bar Ilan University in Israel. If evolution favors the survival of the fittest, how did kindness and selflessness evolve? The search for that answer is the subject of Harman’s…

The Primal Power of Play (video)

Hi Café Friends, Our June Science Café (description below) will be held on Tuesday 6/15 at the Irregardless Café on Morgan Street. Our café speaker for the evening will be Dr. Dianne Dunning from the NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Join us for a thought provoking discussion with Dr. Dunning about the relationships humans have…

Going Mad The American Way

New podcast and forum at PRI World Science: Listen to a story by reporter Laura Starecheski, followed by our interview with Ethan Watters. Our guest in the Science Forum is journalist Ethan Watters. His latest book is Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche. “America is homogenizing the way the world goes mad,”…

Rubber hand illusion (video)

The Piano Stairway (video)

An awesome experiment in Stockholm, Sweden where students changed stairs in a subway station into a piano: And? More people started using the stairs than the escalator! It’s just more fun!

Cognitive Monthly #2 is out

And it is good. Much longer than #1 and interesting to all of us who have kids heavily involved in playing computer games: Whenever kids are involved in a violent crime, speculation about their upbringing inevitably takes center stage. Were they abused or neglected? Could their parents have prevented the tragedy? Most recently, video games…

Do a quiz, help shape research

It will not take more than a couple of minutes. Just go to this Sheril’s post and follow the directions. She will use the results of the quiz to inform experimental design for an interesting project on the neuroscience of kissing. This will then be included in her next book.

Cognitive Monthly

I am pretty much on record that I would not pay for anything online (to be precise, to pay for content – I certainly use the Web for shopping). But with some caveats. I have been known to hit a PayPal button of people who provide content and information I find valuable. And I would…

In TIME, a couple of days ago – How Obama Is Using the Science of Change: Two weeks before Election Day, Barack Obama’s campaign was mobilizing millions of supporters; it was a bit late to start rewriting get-out-the-vote (GOTV) scripts. “BUT, BUT, BUT,” deputy field director Mike Moffo wrote to Obama’s GOTV operatives nationwide, “What…