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Sixteen Lies About Lying (Part 2)

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in Ambigamy
Our guts are on constant alert, wary of being lied to, and yet we rarely stop to wonder what a lie really is. We harbor lots of unexamined intuitions about lies that are themselves lies. Here's a list of sixteen such lies about lying.

Sixteen Lies About Lying (Part 1)

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in Ambigamy
Our guts are on constant alert, wary of being lied to, and yet we rarely stop to wonder what a lie really is. We harbor lots of unexamined intuitions about lies that are themselves lies. Here's a list of sixteen such lies about lying.

What is Your Facebook Personality?

In an online social environment, people often behave in ways that are simple extensions of how they behave in the real world. Just as often, however, they do not. Make the most out of your Facebook experiences by understanding your online personality.

What’s New in Cognitive Science?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in Hot Thought
Cognitive science, the interdisciplinary study of mind and intelligence, is increasingly concerned with neuroscience, statistics, embodiment, and culture.

The Influence Matrix

By Gregg Henriques on December 20, 2011 in Theory of Knowledge
The fourth and final piece of the Unified Theory, the Influence Matrix, is an integrated model of human social motivation and emotion. It is applied here to understand a scene from one of the best psychological movies ever made, Ordinary People.

A Brief History of Holiday Music: Crooners, Movies, and Novelty Songs

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in Your Musical Self
The third and final installment in a 3-part series on the history of holiday music covers songs composed and made popular during the mid-1900s.

Faith and Reason: They Don't Need to Conflict

The more knowledge you have of both science and religion the more humbling it is to realize that there are so many more questions than answers out there.

Looking for joy in sex?

The joy of sex, sexual disappointment, sexual drama – all of these reverberate through our lives differently depending on our sexual focus. Two lenses through which sex is seen are the Plain Sex lens and the Romantic lens.

Your Greatest Challenge Ever

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on December 20, 2011 in Science and Sensibility
Don't wait. Stop procrastinating and defeat that fear!

Fairness depends on who is in charge

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Parents try to treat their children fairly. Employers keep their employees happy by making everyone feel like the work setting is fair. So, how do we decide what is fair? It depends on who's in charge.

No Intelligent Life Here, Captain - Part 1

By Pat Shipman Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in The Animal Connection
Why is there only one human species alive in the world today, when once there were several? Why did we survive?

Four Mistakes We Make Reading Body Language

A common misperception is that body language, or nonverbal communication, is a true "language" - that certain nonverbal cues have specific meanings and definitions. Here are 4 common mistakes people make in interpreting body language.

From Friend to Frenemy

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
My friend started going out of her way to spend time with people who had hurt me (one person harassed me online to the point I had to block her on Facebook; another threatened my family and me; and yet another, stood by and laughed while it was happening). When I confronted "S," she replied, "You've already told your side of the story.

Blinded By Your Own Micro-Climate?

By Jonathan Fields on December 20, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Recently I arrived home from a 3-week drive up the California coast, where I learned about something called marine layers and micro-climates.

We hugged the coast for the better part of the trip. And for that same period, we were pretty much locked into fog.

Unleashing Your Inner Steve Jobs Part 4

By Moses Ma on December 20, 2011 in The Tao of Innovation
Innovation theory says all you have to do to create effective innovation teams is to cover the skill bases. When you actually apply these rules, with real people, unpredictable chemical reactions happen. Studying Steve Jobs, and film directors like James Cameron and Clint Eastwood, reveals insights about how to keep those reactions from exploding.

What's In a Name?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on December 20, 2011 in BrainSnacks
Partly baked ideas are the non-Zen equivalent of Zen koans. They make you think about things you wouldn't think of thinking about...

Embarrassment

When others observe you noticing yourself with regret

Genetics of IQ: not so simple

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Failure to replicate is Science Language for "not true".

Why Do Men Need to Rank Women’s Attractiveness?

By Donna Flagg on December 19, 2011 in Office Diaries
At first, I found the attempt to divide women into either attractive or not, by virtue of their curves, or lack thereof, absurd. But that wasn't even the half of it.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on December 19, 2011 in Minding the Body
I’m terrified of driving on slick roads, I detest cold weather, and I’m no fan of shoveling my driveway. Yet my heart can’t help but leap with joy when I survey the snowy scene from my balcony.

Depression During the Holidays

The shadow side of this period of light and hope is darkness and despair, and many people fall into darkness at this time of year. They feel left out.