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Vincent Van Gogh painting an iPhone

#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: remembering one of music’s great; gender neutral bathrooms at the White House; facing fears; sensing the gist of the world; avoiding empathy burnout.

The loss of an icon. Prince was a symbol for activism and revolution, who called for change and fought for justice, and the steps he took for social justice will not soon be forgotten. From True Activist.

Gender neutral bathrooms. President Obama opens the first gender neutral restroom at The White House. From Maria Caspani via Charisma News.

Scary stories. One author seeks to empower and inspire her young readers through scary stories. From N.D. Wilson via The Atlantic.

The illusion of realitySome neuroscientists argue that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses. From Cell Press via Science Daily.

Empathy burnout. The stress of opening ourselves up to the suffering of others can leave us feeling hardened, but forming a goal to alleviate suffering can make empathy feel less draining. From Jamil Zaki via Nautilus.


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Faces on the subway

#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: how dogs process human faces; the queer legacy of Ziggy Stardust; a Fitbit for feelings; the production of vocal emotion; anti-Muslim bias in the media.

Written on your face. A study finds that dogs are able to recognize and categorize human emotional states. From University of Lincoln via Science Daily.

Defying labels. David Bowie lived a life that defied labels and influenced a generation of LGBT youth. From Catherine Kustanczy via Pacific Standard.

Fitbit for feelings. A new wristband gathers data from your body to graph a visualization of your emotion levels throughout the day. From Michele Debczak via Mental Floss.

Tone it down. By digitally altering the tone of a speaker’s voice, researchers uncover new insights about vocal emotional perception. From Lund University via Psy Post.

Muslims in the media. A study finds that exposure to negative media representations of Muslims may increase support for anti-Muslim public policies. From Jared Wadley via Futurity.


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Toy dolls play a video game

#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: how television can change your brain; a tribute to Oliver Sacks; reducing the gender gap in computer science; understanding borderline personality disorder; excessive egocentrism.

Socially aware television. Parasocial relationships with television characters can both reduce and reinforce prejudices about race and sexuality. From Maanvi Singh via NPR.

Using imagination to see. Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks rejected a monolithic mindset and saw medical science as a vast, largely uncharted wilderness to be tamed. From Jerome Groopman via The New Yorker.

Geek chic? Research suggests that designing less ‘geeky’ classrooms can encourage girls to get more involved in computer science. From Molly McElroy from Futurity.

Hard to relate. New research has found that people with borderline personality traits may have lowered brain activity in regions of the brain important for empathy. From University of Georgia via PsyPost.

Excessive egocentrism. Psychologist Nicholas Epley discusses our pervasive belief that we’re on center stage, and how it affects our ability to understand others. From Nicholas Epley via Nautilus.


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Frosted cupcakes on display

#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: gratitude’s sweet side effects; how coming out increases empathy; biases about biases; how segregation leads to hate; the social impact of suppressing emotions.

Sweet talk. Flavor classifications are used as metaphors for emotions, but research has found that feelings of gratitude can actually lead to increased consumption of sweets. From Ed Kromer via Futurity.

The empathic impact of coming out. A study finds that white gay and bisexual men are more empathetic toward other minority groups than white heterosexual men. From University of Houston via PsyPost.

Bias blind spot. Since biases operate unconsciously, we are quick to see biases in others but have trouble noticing them in ourselves. From Jim Davies via Nautilus.

Segregation’s toll. Read civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph’s perspective on the emotional chain reactions of social segregation. From Big Think Editors via Big Think.

Fake it ’til you make it? Social psychologists study the negative ramifications of suppressing emotional responses. From Jesse Singal via Science of Us.


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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: the trouble with cause and effect reasoning; self-control across party lines; Russian reactions to same-sex marriage; the need for empathy in today’s political world; the story behind Do the Right Thing.

Domino effect. Understanding the world through cause and effect relationships is incredibly useful, but how often is it legitimate? From Mathias Frisch via Aeon.

Control yourself. Does ideology affect one’s sense of self-control? A new study shows that both parties excel in different ways. From Indiana University Bloomington via Psy Post.

Reaction time. Russian reactions to the U.S. same-sex marriage ruling reveal some of the strong and conflicting feelings regarding LGBT rights in Russia. From Tom Balmforth via Business Insider.

Mass appeal. Peter Beinart argues that a winning GOP presidential strategy must involve greater empathy toward those outside the traditional base. Via The Atlantic.

Reel impact. How Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing ignited a nationwide debate about race and influenced the politics of its time. From Matt Haber via Mental Floss.


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Dolls in window

#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: friend group diversity; the consequences of stereotypes; knowledge versus accessibility; smiling is contagious; when shaming goes too far.


All kinds of friends. Believing in the value of diversity may increase people’s likelihood of seeking out diverse friends. From Wellesley College via PsyPost.

Don’t put me in a box. Research suggests that the experience of being stereotyped can trigger social deviancy such as crime, substance abuse, and distrust towards institutions and authorities. From Clifton B. Parker via Futurity.

I knew that. We often confuse the wealth of knowledge at our fingertips with the knowledge in our own brains. From Melissa Dahl via The Science of Us.

A smile a day. As Louis Armstrong once sang, “When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.” From Christian Jarrett via The Science of Us.

Patient progress. Instead of shaming traditionalists, we should opt for more respectful and persuasive strategies in the fight for social progress. From Conor Friedsdorf via The Atlantic.


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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter (Dec 12)

In this week’s #GeekReads, we discover how a 20-minute chat with a gay person can change hearts and minds, the power of Post-Its to get your audiences to take action and much more!


To be happy with that club sandwich… We are more satisfied with the choices we make when we engage in the physical act of closure. So shut that menu after you order!

Make it sticky. Sometimes the most effective way to motivate someone is with a sticky, personal touch. The next time you want someone to do something, stick a Post-It on your written appeal. Research shows they are more likely to take action.

Do you really know what you know? We often think we understand complex issues until we are asked to explain it. Turns out, for those who hold extreme views on issues or policies, being confronted with how little they actually know moderates their views.

No sexism, greater creativity. When people in mixed-sex groups are told to be “politically correct,” they generate more creative ideas. 

Chatting to change hearts & minds. When folks spent 20 minutes chatting with an LGBT person, they were more likely to support the freedom to marry.

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