Posts tagged psychology
Posts tagged psychology
Quite fascinating—expecially the ones where the avatar is like an altered version of the original person, rather than entirely different.
I didn’t know there was a name for this. It’s the theoretical maximim number of people for whom it’s possible to know “who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person”. Though I don’t see how it can be a specific number, since it will surely vary from person to person.
Listening to their own language, people with dyslexia did worse at recognising different voices. Listening to an unfamiliar language, there was no difference between people with and without dyslexia. The researchers theorise that this is to do with how the brain processes phonemes (the basic units of sound in a language).
We may have evolved not to argue rationally, but to find arguments which will persuade others of our point of view.
From Science Daily, August 5th, 2009. Experiments with artificial “out of body” experiences which are surprisingly simple to produce. Researchers “investigated the relationship between bodily self-consciousness and the way touch stimuli are spatially represented in humans. They found that sensations of touch can be felt and mislocalised towards where a “virtual” body is seen.”
Being positive even when other people tell you to be. From xkcd.
I think it would be really good if the BBC, when choosing people to comment about a particular news issue, would ask themselves “In what way is this person qualified to give an informed opinion on the subject?” Normally they just pick two people with extreme and opposite opinions, and maybe a political journalist.
Example: the government are proposing measuring national levels of happiness. If done properly, this would clearly be an exercise in psychology, mental health, and social research. Yet when it was discussed on the radio, not one psychologist, social scientist, mental health worker or similar was interviewed. Not even a happiness researcher (such people exist!) Not one person who could say whether such an approach could give meaningful or useful information or whether it was just a fantasy policy. Merely some politicians from opposite ends of the spectrum, and a journalist or two.
Why not have comments on a subject from people who actually understand the subject? And why present people who have no reason to know what they’re talking about as though they were somehow qualified?
Against simplistic answers.
Please read the whole thing at themonolinguist.blogspot.com.