Category Archives: Psychology

Telling children ‘hard work gets you to the top’ is simply a lie

Perversely, class and accents remain an overwhelmingly important way of judging intelligence. In France or Germany, for example, your accent rarely matters. Your vocabulary and conjugation will give much more away, but never your accent… I don’t see this mindset shifting, so my advice to youngsters has remained: you need to adapt yourself. You need to find the right way to speak to different people, at different times in different contexts. Continue reading

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Talking in Euphemisms Chips Away at Your Sense of Morality 

“Indirect speech allows us to feel better about things we should feel badly about. And the better we feel about acting immorally, the easier it becomes to do it again.” Continue reading

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How a Pioneer in the Science of Mistakes Ended Up Mistaken

“No one is a natural statistician, he’d argued at the time. Even scientists make mistakes. As usual, when it came to being wrong, Kahneman was right.” Continue reading

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Criminal numbers could ‘explode’ in NT unless system changes, inquiry hears

“Generally in a community if you have a large problem with at-risk children and children coming to the notice of authorities and coming into care, it does lead … to an explosion in adult offending down the track.” Continue reading

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Pokemon Go Increased U.S. Activity Levels by 144 Billion Steps in Just 30 Days

“The results make fascinating reading. On average, Pokemon Go players increase the number of steps they took each day by 1,473. That’s a 25 percent increase over 30 days.

If the same effect plays out across all Pokemon Go users, that translates into a dramatic increase in activity. “In the short time span of the study, we estimate that Pokémon Go has added a total of 144 billion steps to U.S. physical activity,” say Horvitz and co.” Continue reading

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Brain-Training Apps Won’t Make You Smarter 

More evidence. I am disappointed but not surprised. Brain reasoning games only make you smarter at brain training games. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602540/brain-training-apps-wont-make-you-smarter/?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post

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Study Claiming Religious Kids Are Less Altruistic is Flawed

“Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds: Religious belief appears to have negative influence on children’s altruism and judgments of others’ actions even as parents see them as ‘more empathetic’” Continue reading

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