This week’s #GeekReads include insights on the psychology of storytelling and why we look for meaning in life. Enjoy!
The psychology of storytelling. Lots to geek out about in this great read in The Atlantic. Among the nuggets: Stories increase empathy toward others, especially those perceived as outsiders. Also, people remember info woven into stories up to 22 times more than facts alone.
Standing up for the norm. Unlike other animals, humans cooperate with each other. According to new research, we also punish those who violate social norms – choosing both direct and (more often) indirect forms of punishment.
The quest for enduring meaning. Humans know that death is inevitable. According to Dr. Clay Routledge, that’s why we look for meaning in life. Having children or creating an organization with a purpose allows us to create a lasting mark that will endure beyond our brief lives.
Communicating health risks. Does more health information help us to make good decisions or cause us to behave irrationally? What Ebola has taught us about how emotion distorts our thinking and decisions about our health.
Peer positive. How positive peer support helps adolescents navigate life with confidence, especially when they make mistakes.
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