Monthly Archives: April 2014

One Molecule for Love, Morality, and Prosperity?

Ed Young touching on the topic of why the hype about oxytocin, known as the ‘cuddle hormone’ and ‘morale molecule’, is dumb and dangerous. Click the heart to learn more.         Reference: Bartz, J. A., et al. (2011). … Continue reading

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The Unreliable Nature of Oxytocin

One of my favorite cartoons, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, on the unreliable nature of oxytocin: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3339

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Correlation doesn’t Imply Causation

         Doing my statistics and hoping for some significant correlations… Here’s 10 funny correlated relationships, I especially liked the one showing pirate shortage causing global warming: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kjh2110/the-10-most-bizarre-correlations        

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An Algorithm That Recognizes Faces Better Than People Can

Computer scientists are announcing they’ve made a program that is better at matching photos than people are, and this is the first time a program has performed better than people at recognizing people. The new algorithm, developed at the Chinese … Continue reading

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Successful (Easter) Egg Hunting

What’s the probability of your being born? It’s the probability of 2.5 million people getting together, each to play a game of dice with trillion-sided dice, according to Mel Robbins. They each roll the dice — and they all come up the … Continue reading

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Change Blindness

Dan Levin and Daniel Simons conducted a person-change study, and found that about 50% of people didn’t notice they were talking to a different person. See the clip here: This sort of person-change rarely (if ever) happens in the world. You might assume, … Continue reading

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Beard Trend is ‘Guided by Evolution’

A study from 2013 (The role of facial hair in women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness, health, masculinity and parenting abilities Evolution and Human Behavior 34 (2013) 236-241. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2013.02.003) looked at men’s and women’s judgments of attractiveness, health, masculinity and parenting abilities for … Continue reading

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