WALL-E watches himself on TV

In this week’s #GeekReads: catching stress through TV screens; the benefits of confusion in the classroom; how rough surfaces can heighten empathy; decision-making and the brain; situational vs. moral wrongs.

Catching stress. We can catch feelings of anxiety from seeing other people under stress, even if we’re watching them on a video screen. From Simone M. Scully via Nautilus.

Confusion in the classroom. A recent study found that students who spent more time in a state of confusion learned more than bored students. From Tania Lombrozo via NPR.

Feeling rough. New research suggests that making contact with a coarse surface can temporarily make you more empathetic. From Tom Jacobs via Pacific Standard.

Weighing options. A relatively neglected section of the brain may play a role in helping us recall the value we assign objects when making decisions. From McGill University Health Centre via Science Daily.

Blanket statements. We often make sweeping condemnations about others’ behavior based on moral principle rather than acknowledging that the behavior may be situational. From Jeremy E. Sherman Ph.D. via Psychology Today.


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