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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: a new age of news; emotions vs. reason; how television can inspire altruism; extreme do-gooders; gender bias in the media.

Social media bubbles. Viral news sources, tailored to individual users’ likes and profile characteristics, are contributing to a growing news gap. From Angela Phillips via The Conversation.

Emotion-driven morality. Harvard psychology professor Joshua Greene examines the role of emotions in our moral decision-making. From Lauren Cassani Davis via The Atlantic.

Meaningful media. A recent study suggests people are willing to help others from different groups after watching meaningful, uplifting media. From Penn State via PsyPost.

Extreme altruists. Theoretically, the world would be a better place if we were all do-gooders all of the time, but one author studies the realistic implications. From Regan J. Penaluna via Nautilus.

Seen, not heard. New research finds that women are more often seen in media via pictures than heard through their stories or opinions. From Nathan Collins via Pacific Standard.


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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: the empowering potential of citizen-led science; color and emotion; teaching empathy through dance; uncovering unconscious bias; gender differences in fear behavior.

Citizen-led science. Citizens are taking a more hands-on approach in scientific research and policy decisions that affect their communities. From Andrew Maynard via The Conversation.

Seeing red. Scientists examine the conscious effects of color on our emotions and what behaviors each color evokes. From Danielle Levesque via Psy Post.

Schoolroom salsa. A New York nonprofit brings ballroom dancing to schools to teach kids emotional skills like respect, teamwork, and empathy. From Audrey Cleo Yap via The Atlantic.

Call it like I see it. Unconscious processes, such as a schemas and heuristics, allow us to interpret the physical world and shape our judgment as well as behavior. From Richard E. Nisbett via Nautilus.

Frozen with fear. A study of learned fear behavior in male and female rats may point to possibilities for better treatment for people with PTSD. From Thea Singer via Phys.


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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads; reading emotions in 3D; socially-relevant curricula; investigating the racial wealth gap; standing up (or staying seated) for what’s right; Pixar’s first non-white lead.

Amplified emotions. New research finds that 3D displays of facial expressions evoke stronger emotional reactions than 2D photos. From Aalto University via Psy Post.

Shifting curriculum. A white fifth-grade teacher shares her journey of shifting classroom curriculum to explore the subjects that matter most to her students. From Valerie Strauss via The Washington Post.

Getting ahead. Reporter Mel Jones examines some of the reasons why the racial wealth gap still exists among Millennials. From Adrian Florido via NPR.

More to the story. Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat on December 1, 1955, was one day in the life of a battle-tested freedom fighter. From Nshira Turkson via The Atlantic.

Sanjay’s Super Team. Pixar’s new animated short tells the story of a young boy’s journey to bridge the generational and cultural gaps between his American and Indian heritage. From Madeleine Thomas via Pacific Standard.


Female scientist legos

#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: female pioneers in STEM; what lies under the hood of our brains; a pop culture website uniting young Muslims; behind the scenes with Charlie Brown and Snoopy; why we “miswant.”

Women of science. In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day (October 13th), Futurity honors the achievements of pioneering women in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. From University of Melbourne via Futurity.

Our inner cosmos. David Eagleman’s new PBS documentary explores the ways “objective reality” is shaped by our subconscious. From Big Think Editors via Big Think.

Mozzies. Mozzified, a Muslim pop culture website, provides a light-hearted space for young Muslims to come together in community. From Leah Donnella via NPR.

Good grief. Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip, outwardly simple, laid out a complex drama of social coping that depended on readers’ empathy. From Sarah Boxer via The Atlantic.

Miscalibrated expectations.Miswanting” is the name given for the scrambled logic behind our wants, and our tendency to poorly align those wants with what we’ll actually enjoy. From Michael Fitzgerald via Pacific Standard.


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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: does science diminish nature’s wonder; empathizing with puppets; building trust between police and teens; expanding our concept of “cosmopolitanism”; reading as a form of creative osmosis.

Unweaving the rainbow. By demystifying the natural world, does science diminish our sense of awe? Two poets explore the subject. From Nina Martyris via Nautilus.

Sharing is caring. A study finds that children as young as three exhibit surprising levels of concern for others – even when those others are puppets. From Max Planck Gesellshaft via Psy Post.

Operation Conversation.  A new program brings New York City police and teenagers together to build mutual respect, trust, and empathy. From Katie Reilly via Business Insider.

The cosmopolitan pariah.  What does it mean to be a 21st century cosmopolitan? In examining political theorist Hannah Arendt’s complex legacy, James McAuley argues that her status as a pariah made her a citizen of many worlds. Via Aeon.

Stylistic osmosis. Reading provides creative fuel to inspire different writing styles and helps writers find their narrative voice. From Joe Fassier via The Atlantic.


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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: how racial biases impact our listening comprehension; mimicking those we agree with; working through difficult conversations; hacking the moral compass; an argument against generational thinking.

Listening bias. Racial stereotypes and expectations can impact the way we hear and understand others. From University of British Columbia via PsyPost.

Repeat after me. Research has found that we subtly mimic the speech patterns of people we agree with. From Shaunacy Ferro via Mental Floss.

Bringing balance to the boardroom. Difficult conversations are difficult for a reason, but good agenda design and facilitation can help bring about a positive outcome. From Jennifer Rutley via Collective Next.

Malleable morals. A recent study shows that stimulating the brain with electrodes can alter moral reasoning. From Kate Wheeling via Pacific Standard.

Generation generalization. Rebecca Onion argues that generational thinking is a flawed mode that facilitates prejudices and generalizations. Via Aeon.


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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: stepping outside of yourself to handle negative emotions; “cool” capitalism; the dangers of emotional intelligence; stimulating sadness with a burst of air; avoiding contagious feelings.


Watching yourself in a movie. A new study shows that youth who practice mental self-distancing can deal with negative emotions more effectively. From Evan Lerner via Futurity.

That’s so cool. A new book explores how our drive for “cool” influences the way we spend money and the things we choose to buy. From Bourree Lam via Business Insider.

Self-serving people skills. Can reading people’s emotions be a bad thing? Andrew Giambrone explores the dark side of emotional intelligence. Via The Atlantic.

Emotional outburst. New technology aims to stimulate emotional reactions with bursts of air on specific parts of the hand. Natalie Shoemaker via Big Think.

Contagious feelings. Good and bad moods are contagious. Check out one researcher’s tips on limiting your susceptibility to emotional contagion. From Melissa Dahl via Science of Us.


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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter (Jan 17)

In this week’s #GeekReads: Computers that know us better than our friends; getting bored to get creative; meditating to become more empathetic; the psychology of the Internet misogynist; and recruiting job-seeking millennials with a focus on social impact.


Bored and brilliant. In a world of tech overstimulation, sometimes the best way to generate creativity is old-fashioned boredom. Via NPR.

Think different. How Zen meditation changed the way that Steve Jobs understood the world and what we can learn from his experience. From Drake Baer via Business Insider.

Computers that really know us. By analyzing the things we like on Facebook, computers may end up knowing us better than our best friends. Is this how Skynet takes over the world (Terminator, for the non-geeks)? Via

The Internet misogynist. How the anonymity of online comments reveals the sexism lingering in the hearts and minds of many men. From Olga Khazan via The Atlantic.

Mission-minded millennials. How social impact, more than compensation, can attract job-seeking millennials. From Ariel Schwartz via

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