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Sorry, Nina, but I think I need to copy and paste the entire thing here: Spring is here and it’s time to talk to strangers. On Sunday April 5, I’ll be conducting a collaborative experiment with 15 intrepid University of Washington graduate students, and I’d like to invite you to join in from your own…

From SCONC: Thursday, March 5 7 p.m. What Good is it to Feel Good? The Science of Positive Emotions From our “what the world needs now” file, Dr. Barbara Frederickson, head of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at UNC will share thoughts from her new book, Positivity. You can strengthen relationships, relax the mind…

Innovation in education

A sixth of a GCSE in 60 minutes?: Later this year, pupils from Monkseaton high school will file into their new lozenge-shaped school and take their seats before a giant video wall in a multipurpose hall. Here, they will receive a unique lesson: an intense PowerPoint presentation, repeated three times, and interspersed with 10-minute breaks…

Essentialism beyond just animals

How religion generates social conservatism: You could make a reasonable case that pencils have a purpose, but pencil shavings just exist. But what about elephants? Religious people and children are, of course, more likely than non-religious adults to say that animals exist for a purpose. But what about men and women? Black people and whites?…

The Psychology of Cyberspace

The Psychology of Cyberspace is a course taught by John Suler in the Department of Psychology at the Science and Technology Center at Rider University. The website is a collection of a large number of thought-provoking essays on various aspects of human behavior online: This hypertext book explores the psychological aspects of environments created by…

Larry, Amanda, John, Mike and others are comenting, quite positively, on the recent Scientific American article – Evolution of the Mind: 4 Fallacies of Psychology by David J. Buller. And I agree – this is an excellent, well-deserved and well-thought smack-down of Evolutionary Psychology and I am happy that it appears in a popular magazine…

Kinesthetic learning online?

Tina writes – Kinesthetic Learners: Why Old Media Should Never Die: …..Many classrooms, however, don’t offer this type of kinesthetic learning. The hands-on learner is left to fend for themselves and more often than not the only physical interaction they get is with the learning material itself. You’ve seen them before. Sometimes, it’s a student…

From the Science Communication Consortium: “Ten Lessons from the Political Psychology” A talk by John Jost The Center for Science Writings Stevens Institute of Technology October 29, 4:00pm, Babbio Center Room 122 Jost is an authority on the “cognitive and motivational differences between liberals and conservatives,” the “social and psychological consequences of supporting the status…

That is an interesting question, an answer to which was attempted in this paper: Who blogs? Personality predictors of blogging: The Big Five personality inventory measures personality based on five key traits: neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, openness to experience, and conscientiousness [Costa, P. T., Jr., & McCrae, R. R. (1992). Normal personality assessment in clinical practice:…

The Human & The Humanities

From The National Humanities Center: The National Humanities Center will host the third and final conference on “The Human & The Humanities,” November 13 – 15, 2008, once again attracting scientists and humanities scholars to discuss how developments in science are challenging traditional notions of “the human.” Events will begin on the evening of November…