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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: learning through communication; compassionate meditation; the fear of going to the movies alone; habits of emotionally intelligent people; justifying cheating.

Talk to me. While humans learn from statistical associations between events and objects, sharing information by communication is just as important for learning. From International School of Advanced Studies via PsyPost.

Refocus. This study suggests that meditation focused on compassionate thoughts for oneself and others can help focus a wandering mind. From Clifton B. Parker via Futurity.

All by myself. Judgment from others is one reason why most people fear doing things alone, but research suggests they often enjoy themselves as much as someone who has company. From Natalie Shoemaker via BigThink.

Office EQ. Learn from the habits that help emotionally intelligent people achieve success in their personal and business relationships. From Eric Schiffer via Business Insider.

Gray areas. People are apt to violate ethical principals to serve their self-interest but only when cheating is easy to justify and not too obvious. From Association for Psychological Science via PsyPost.


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#GeekReads: 4 Quick Reads + 1 Quick Watch that Made Us Smarter (Jan 24)

This week’s #GeekReads: contagious emotions; the problem with absolute truths; achieving more by doing less; the importance of staying true to ourselves; and how identity influences our habits.


What if 2 +2 ≠ 4? If you’re in search for the truth, a belief in absolute truthfulness may be your biggest obstacle. From David Deutsch via

Human see, human do. Do mirror neurons make emotions contagious? From Braincraft via

Doing more by doing less. There are often days we wish for an extra hour, but what if a new clock isn’t what’s needed to deal with a lack of time, energy, or patience? From Lisa Evans via

New habit, new identity. A change in our everyday behavior may first require a change in the way we perceive ourselves. From Melissa Dahl via The Science of Us 

“My blackness is not a secret.” A woman’s story of suppressing her true self in order to ensure the comfort of others. From Priscilla Ward via

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