Bad singers either don’t know it—or do, but sing anyway
By Laura AllenPosted 07.02.2008 at 3:36 pm 3 Comments
Researchers have confirmed the unfortunate karaoke phenomenon whereupon terrible singers either do not know they sing poorly—or do, yet still hog the stage with little regard for the audience’s ears or glassware.
Not even close, says a new psych study on plasma screen “windows”
By Laura AllenPosted 06.13.2008 at 12:57 pm 4 Comments
Discovery Channel addicts, get outside! HDTV may offer a vivid window on the natural world, but it won’t substitute for the real thing. That’s the implication from a new psychological study from the University of Washington’s Human Interaction with Nature and Technological Systems (HINTS) Lab, which found, in fact, that nature on a plasma screen is no more soothing than a blank wall.
Broken toes, bloody noses and ceiling fan entanglement are the stuff of nightmares for all ages, report concludes
By Laura AllenPosted 06.04.2008 at 10:55 am 6 Comments
Clamber down a bunk bed ladder in the black of night at your own risk, says a large new study of the double-decker berths: falls, head entrapment, strangulation, and even ceiling fan entanglement may await.
The results of the first national survey of teachers about evolution in their classrooms are in. Darwin would quiver in his boots to learn that in this day and age, one in eight American biology teachers teach creationism and intelligent design as a sound alternative to his theory. In fact, 13 percent of the country's teachers think they can run an excellent biology class without even mentioning Darwin or evolution.
But don't worry, the rat race becomes second nature within 7 years or so, researchers say
By Laura AllenPosted 05.19.2008 at 4:35 pm 7 Comments
Ah, college graduation! The first rites of adulthood in which campus living, the meal plan, and 1-800-COLLECT are readily traded for a rented studio apartment, long hours at the office, and rush-hour traffic. What's not to be depressed about?
Echoing the cold comfort your parents probably gave during this rude awakening as you sobbed to them using your non-subsidized cellphone, a recent analysis by Canadian researchers confirms that many recent grads feel this way . . . and things really do get better.
Retreating glaciers. Melting permafrost. Off-kilter bird migrations. Few of these reports are news to anyone following the global warming beat. Yet the first effort to gather thousands of scientific findings into a cohesive narrative of cause and effect has been published in the journal Nature.
By Laura AllenPosted 05.14.2008 at 8:32 am 0 Comments
In testament to a tried-and-true move in the human mating game, European scientists have noticed that young people in bars and nightclubs across the land are using alcohol and drugs to grease the wheels of foreplay.
Why a grizzly gets you shivering—but not global warming
By Laura AllenPosted 05.05.2008 at 4:26 pm 6 Comments
In my Science Confirms the Obvious post today, I discussed the first psychological proof (so say the authors) that humans can indeed experience emotions without immediately knowing why. We do this, they say, because we evolved that way. True, scientists love that explanation, but here its quite intriguing.
Say youre walking through the woods and encounter a grizzly bear. You see it and freeze that instant—even before your stomach drops with fear.
By Laura AllenPosted 05.05.2008 at 1:05 pm 1 Comment
March 26, 2013 UPDATE: The journal Psychological Science has retracted this study. Sorry, readers!--Eds
Psychologist: "How are you feeling?"
Patient: "I feel like I want to punch the lights out of…out of…this anger management pillow printed with my boss's photo!"
Psychologist: "So that emotion would be called…"
Patient: "Annoyance. Anger."
Psychologist: "And why do you think that is?"
Patient: "Because he made me mad."
Patient: "Because I am insecure about being passed over for that promotion?"
Psychologist: "Go on…"
A fundamental credo of therapy is to first be aware of your emotions, preferably before they hijack your actions. But often we don't immediately recognize that we're feeling irritable, fearful, or disgusted, especially when our significant other is there to notice it first. And sometimes it takes a moment to pinpoint why.