from day 01/01/2007

Washing away our sins

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.A nice paper by Chen-Bo Zhong and Katie Liljenquist in Science about the "Macbeth effect" : a threat to one’s moral purity induces the need to wash. This effect revealed itself through an increased mental accessib...

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In praise of babies

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.No news in this post: its only aim is to remind us of how socially savvy babies are. A review paper in press in trends in cognitive sciences sums up the evidence from developmental psychology and neuroscience.During a ...

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The face of the thinker

This post was first puvlished in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.The hindsight bias is the tendency to say after an event happened that “we knew it all along”, that it’s not really surprising. This is a bias because when asked before the event, we wouldn’t have predicted it, ...

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God is dead?

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.Atheists (and religious people sometimes too) often think that people believe in God because it shields them from the fear of their own death, or protects them from the idea that their departed loved ones are, well, just dead. Two ...

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The power of mind

This post was written in 2006 by Karim N'Diaye. It was originally published on the Alphapsy blog.Social psychologists from Harvard and Princeton campuses report on belief in magical causation from lay people (as far as students from those places can be considered as laid lay persons ...

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