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Gerald Carey

Daniel Tammet | The Boy With The Incredible Brain - YouTube - 3 views

Gerald Carey

BPS Research Digest: How to evaluate an argument like a trained scientist - 9 views

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    Good list of examples of the typical types of arguments and ideas.
Gerald Carey

Neuroscience: Crammed with connections - YouTube - 4 views

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    Awesome video showing details of all neurons found in a small area of mouse brain.
Borne Mace

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain--And Why You Should Have One Today | Fas... - 30 views

David McGavock

We dislike being alone with our thoughts : Nature News & Comment - 22 views

  • Which would you prefer: pain or boredom?

    Given the choice, many people would rather give themselves mild electric shocks than sit idly in a room for 15 minutes, according to a study published today in Science1.

  • “We lack a comfort in just being alone with our thoughts,” says Malia Mason, a psychologist at Columbia University in New York, who was not involved in the study. “We’re constantly looking to the external world for some sort of entertainment.”
  • repeated the experiment, this time allowing participants to perform the exercise at home. Nearly one-third of the study subjects later admitted to cheating.
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  • Wilson and his colleagues began by asking undergraduate students to stash their mobile phones and other distractions, and to sit in a sparsely furnished room for up to 15 minutes. Afterwards, nearly half of the 409 participants said that they did not enjoy the experience.
  • when they were placed in the room to sit alone with their thoughts, 67% of male participants and 25% of female subjects were so eager to find something to do that they shocked themselves voluntarily.
  • Wilson thinks that the discomfort comes from a lack of mental control: that it is difficult to tell our minds to stay on one topic and keep it there for a long time. Subjects who reported a positive experience during the experiment tended to think about future events, often with loved ones. Those who did not enjoy the time for quiet reflection often thought about work.
  • Wilson intends to pursue ways to tame what he calls “the disengaged mind”. “There are lots of times in our daily lives, when we have a little bit of time out, or are stuck in traffic or trying to get to sleep,” says Wilson. “Having this as a tool in our mental toolbox as a way to retreat or reduce stress would be a useful thing to do.”
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    Seems people don't know what to do with their minds when left alone. This is sad and unbelievable to me.
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    Whatever happened to meditation and reflection?
Gerald Carey

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/04/29/3740590.htm?site=science_dev& - 4 views

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    Good article showing the difference between correlation and causation. Really important in psychology.
Gerald Carey

When Introverts Should Avoid Coffee -- Science of Us - 6 views

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    Interesting article Gerald. The article was a bit off, in my experience, because as an introvert and someone who also works with many (coders), I don't think meetings / presentations are that bad. Far worse would be larger environments / gatherings where there is a lot of stuff happening at once, conversations, noise, etc. If anything I could expect coffee might help focus in smaller meeting / presentation environments for introverts as well, where there isn't really that much danger of over stimulation (unless a fight breaks out :) )
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