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  • Heart attack risk 'raised by suppressing anger'

    from BBC News "Men who do not openly express their anger if they are unfairly treated at work double their risk of a heart attack, Swedish research suggests. The researchers looked at 2,755 male employees in Stockholm who had not had a heart attack when the study began. They were asked about how...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Socially Awkward? Check Your Genes

    by Michael Torrice from Science "Some people can read your face and know you've had a bad day. Others seem oblivious. Now, researchers have pinpointed a genetic explanation for why some people are better empathizers than others. Empathy is crucial for our everyday social interactions. Neuroscientists...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • The Will to Power--Is "Free Will" All in Your Head?

    by Christof Koch from Scientific American "Surely there must have been times in high school or college when you laid in bed, late at night, and wondered where your “free will” came from? What part of the brain—if it is the brain—is responsible for deciding to act one way or another? One traditional...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Robots That Care

    By Jerome Groopman "Born in Belgrade, in what was then Yugoslavia, Maja Matarić originally wanted to study languages and art. After she and her mother moved to the United States, in 1981, her uncle, who had immigrated some years earlier, pressed her to concentrate on computers. As a graduate student...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • I Didn't Sin—It Was My Brain

    By: Kathleen McGowan "Why does being bad feel so good? Pride, envy, greed, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth: It might sound like just one more episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but this enduring formulation of the worst of human failures has inspired great art for thousands of years...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • Jason Matheny on the world’s addiction to meat and how to grow ground beef in a test tube.

    By Jason Matheny "These days seemingly everyone recognizes that our globalized society is hooked on plentiful and cheap fossil fuels, and that this dependence poses great challenges for future prosperity. But there is another addiction that goes largely accepted and often unnoticed, a hunger that...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • The Web as random acts of kindness

    By Jonathan Zittrain | TED "The increasing proliferation of "tethered" devices, from iPhones to Xboxes, is only one of countless threats to the freewheeling Internet as we know it. There's also spam, malware, misguided legislation and a drift away from what Internet law expert Jonathan...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • Better world: Be nice to people

    By Michael Bond | New Scientist "It sounds kind of obvious, and a little trite: the world would be a better place to live in if we were all a bit kinder to each other. But how can we make that happen? This is fast becoming a valid scientific question. Psychologists and neuroscientists are exploring...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • On the Origin of Cooperation

    By Elizabeth Pennisi | Science Mag "Cooperation has created a conundrum for generations of evolutionary scientists. If natural selection among individuals favors the survival of the fittest, why would one individual help another at a cost to itself? Charles Darwin himself noted the difficulty of...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • Fertile Old Ladies

    By William Saletan | Slate "Is it OK to impregnate a 60-year-old woman? Should old women have babies? Until recently, this wasn't an issue. Nature exhausted your egg supply, and that was it. But technology has surmounted that problem. Now you can get in vitro fertilization, donor eggs, and womb...
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  • Why We Cooperate (2009)

    "Drop something in front of a two-year-old, and she's likely to pick it up for you. This is not a learned behavior, psychologist Michael Tomasello argues. Through observations of young children in experiments he himself has designed, Tomasello shows that children are naturally—and uniquely—cooperative...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: wattawa
  • What’s in a name? Subliminally activating trusting behavior (2009)

    Li Huang , J. Keith Murnighan Because the choice to trust is inherently risky, people naturally assess others’ trustworthiness before they engage in trusting actions. The research reported here suggests that the trust development process may start before the conscious assessment of trustworthiness, via...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Emotional expression of capacity and trustworthiness in humor and in social dilemmas (2009)

    Norman P. Li, and Daniel Balliet Humor and social dilemmas are two disparate areas that have been linked to emotions. However, they tend to have been studied apart from considerations of emotion and emotional expression. We provide an overview of how such areas might be illuminated by Vigil's socio...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • The Experience of Agency: Feelings, Judgments, and Responsibility (2009)

    By Patrick Haggard and Manos Tsakiris "The experience of agency refers to the experience of being in control both of one's own actions and, through them, of events in the external world. Recent experimental studies have investigated how people recognise a particular event as being caused by...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: ajstasic
  • The effect of moral intensity on ethical decision making in accounting (2009)

    By Yang, Hui-Ling; Wu, Wei-Pang "The purpose of this study was to examine the dimensionality of a moral intensity construct in four ethical accounting scenarios and how the dimensions directly affect the specific processes of moral decision making of accounting students. A survey was conducted with...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: ajstasic
  • Virtue Ethics and Deontic Constraints (2009)

    By Mark LeBar "There seems to be an important difference between accounting for the wrongness of a wrong action in terms of its effects on the victim and in terms of its effects on the perpetrator. Some see this difference as the basis for an objection to virtue‐ethical theories, which focus (so...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: ajstasic
  • Pathways to Meaning: A New Approach to Studying Emotions at Work (2009)

    Don Grant, Alfonso Morales, Jeffrey J. Sallaz Research on the emotional consequences of interactive service work remains inconclusive in large part because scholars have not analyzed the mechanisms that lead frontline employees to adopt the meanings disseminated by their employers. The authors argue...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • The False Enforcement of Unpopular Norms (2009)

    Robb Willer, Ko Kuwabara, Michael W. Macy Prevailing theory assumes that people enforce norms in order to pressure others to act in ways that they approve. Yet there are numerous examples of “unpopular norms” in which people compel each other to do things that they privately disapprove. While peer sanctioning...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Skepticism about Character Traits (2009)

    By Gilbert Harman. "The first part of this article discusses recent skepticism about character traits. The second describes various forms of virtue ethics as reactions to such skepticism. The philosopher J.-P. Sartre argued in the 1940s that character traits are pretenses, a view that the sociologist...
    (My publication) Posted by: ajstasic
  • Why is Cheating Wrong? (2009)

    By Mathieu Bouville "Since cheating is obviously wrong, arguments against it (it provides an unfair advantage, it hinders learning) need only be mentioned in passing. But the argument of unfair advantage absurdly takes education to be essentially a race of all against all; moreover, it ignores that...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: ajstasic
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