2007

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Why Groups and Prejudices Form So Easily: Social Identity Theory

5 November 2007

This classic social psychology experiment shows how little excuse people need to form into groups and start discriminating against others.

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9 Propaganda Techniques in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11

2 November 2007

The psychological techniques of persuasion used by Moore in Fahrenheit 9/11.

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World’s Happiest Man: Joy Can Be Learned

2 November 2007

Are your conditions for happiness primarily external? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has a message for you.

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Are We Programmed to Laugh When Tickled?

1 November 2007

Do we learn to laugh when tickled or is it an innate response? Professor Clarence Leuba used his own children, no less, as experimental subjects.

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The Halo Effect: When Your Own Mind is a Mystery

31 October 2007

The idea that global evaluations about a person bleed over into judgements about their specific traits.

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Ramachandran on Capgras Syndrome, Phantom Limbs & Synaesthesia

29 October 2007

Neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran provides an introduction to how we study the brain’s deficits.

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“Neurolaw” is Dubious at Best

27 October 2007

The Times (of London) has a good skeptical piece by Professor Raymond Tallis on the dubious rise of neurolaw.

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