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

In this week’s #GeekReads: Chris Rock takes on Oscar diversity; fighting for public health; The Great Migration; taking a hard look at racial assumptions in publishing; how books can keep us on the edge of our seat.

Exclusion at the awards. Oscar host Chris Rock used comedy to address the reality that people of color are often underrepresented in film and television. From Eric Deggans via NPR.

Empowered by science. One team of researchers and scientists helped to educate and rally the people of Flint, Michigan. Via The Conversation.

The Great Migration. A short film shines light on the migration of six million African Americans from the rural South to the North over a hundred years ago. From Carlos Javier Ortiz via The Atlantic.

Disparities in publishing. New York Times Magazine editor Chris Jackson discusses how editors’ assumptions can shrink writers of color to a sliver of their identity. From Brandon Tensley via Pacific Standard.

“Not all was as it seemed.” A team of Stanford grad students examine where emotions like suspense come from when we read. From Clifton B. Parker via Futurity.


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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

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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