Archive | January, 2020


31 Jan

Soren Kiekegaard: Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.


26 Jan

A research study showed that as many Americans as Dutch and English responders believed that they were active, but fitness-tracker data showed Americans actually to be less active than the other two groups. (In brief. Of course I exercise! Monitor on Psychology, 2018, 49(7), p. 16)


23 Jan

People who live in more racially diverse neighborhoods are more likely to be helpful to others. (In brief. Diversity breeds pro-social behavior. Monitor on Psychology, 2018, 49(7), p. 13)


19 Jan

Isaac Asimov: Science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.


16 Jan

Men who were reported by their parents to have spent time with their friends as children had lower blood pressure and lower BMIs when they were in their early thirties than those who had not. (In brief. Lifelong benefits of childhood friends. Monitor on Psychology, 2018, 49(7), p. 12)


12 Jan

Autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder may all three be based on a common gene set. This finding may lead to new treatments. (Fischetti, M. Mental illness overlap. Scientific American, 2018, 319(1), p. 76)


5 Jan

Throughout the centuries, scientific thinking has met resistance, especially if scientific findings challenge the political or religious status quo. Just the facts can be denied because we humans have ingrained cognitive biases. These biases come from a human propensities to take short cuts by relying on group consensus or experts, by reinterpreting mixed data to fit preexisting beliefs, and by giving into social pressure. (Kendrick, D. T.; Cohen, A. B.; Neuberg, S. L.; & Cialdine, R. B. The science of antiscience thinking. Scientific American, 2018, 319(1), pp. 36-41)