All posts in “Partisanship”

Blue and yellow beach umbrellas

#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: lucky loyalty effect; the youngest published author; problem solving across ideology; the effects of housing segregation on health; brain mechanics behind fear.

The Lucky Loyalty Effect.  New research suggests that consumers believe the more loyal they are to a brand, the more likely they are to receive preferential treatment. Via Cognitive Lode.

Young minds. Nine-year-old Anaya Lee Wullabus is the youngest person in the U.S. to publish a chapter book. From Taryn Finley via The Huffington Post.

Different folks.  Conservatives and liberals don’t differ in their capacity to solve problems; they differ in the processes used to solve them. From Northwestern University via Psy Post.

Drawing lines. A recent study examines the adverse health effects of racial segregation. From Olga Khazan via The Atlantic.

Fear-provoked decisions. Fear and anxiety can over-engage entire brain circuits and disengage brain cells, interfering with decision making. From The University of Pittsburgh via Science Daily.


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Bellanger Gossip statue in Winnipeg

#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: gossip as a social skill; the economics of immigration; the view from outer space; living a ‘brain-healthy’ life; political roadblocks.

Hardwired to gossip. Evolutionary psychologists explore the origin of gossip and its prevalence in human society. From The Conversation via Psy Post.

Chasing the American dream. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research compares waves of immigrants over time and how they fit into the American economy. From Gillian B. White via The Atlantic.

“How’s the view?” One researcher explores how seeing the Earth from space can promote a cognitive shift in awareness. From The Conversation via PHYS.

The brain that changes itself. The science of neuroplasticity has led some to believe that we’re not stuck with the brain we’re born with. From Will Storr via Pacific Standard.

Political gridlock. A political scientist argues that negative feelings, not ideological differences, do more to keep politicians from compromise. From Jim Patterson via Futurity.


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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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Lego range of emotions

#GeekReads: 4 Quick Reads + 1 Watch that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: trustworthy faces; Inside Out‘s insights into emotional psychology; motivations for violence; psychological roots of partisanship; the effect of gray matter density on empathy.

Written on your face. Jonathan Freeman, director of NYU’s Social Cognitive & Neural Sciences Lab, discusses how our unconscious biases can impact our visual perception of other people. From James Devitt via Futurity.

Animated feelings. Pixar’s new film Inside Out is changing the way kids, and adults, name and discuss their emotions. From Ian Phillips via Business Insider

History of violence. In one author’s search to find what motivates violence, he discovers a unifying theme of moral sentiments aimed at regulating social relationships. From Tage Rai via Aeon.

Walking the party line. Research shows that only party supporters who are affectively and psychologically engaged show evidence of partisan bias. From Aarhus University via Psy Post.

Gray matter matters. Differences in brain structure may affect the types of situations we empathize with most. From Monica Joshi via Big Think.


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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter (Jan 9)

Happy 2015! This week’s #GeekReads: the science of successful resolutions; the physical burden of grudges; more educated, more partisan; managing Ned’s negativity; and why millennials are not as post-racial as you think. 


The science behind resolutions. Fantasizing about your goals makes it less likely you’ll achieve them. Setting positive expectations for change and then imagining the obstacles to your success will make you more likely to succeed. From Indre Viskontas via Mother Jones.

That grudge is weighing you down. Why that grudge is physically holding you back and how a simple forgiveness exercise will make the world less daunting. From Tom Jacobs via Business Insider. 

Understanding Negative Ned. Compassion and maturity are the best approaches to dealing with highly negative people. From Raj Raghunathan via

More educated, more partisan. Research shows partisanship is strongest among highly educated Americans – giving these folks the cognitive tricks to resist information inconsistent with their strongly held beliefs. From University of Kansas via PsyPost.

Not so post-racial. Implicit and explicit bias research shows that millennials are less racially tolerant than you think. From Sean McElwee via The Science of Us.

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