Alphapsy Archives

Are humans innately bad social scientists?

I know, this sounds a bit extreme. How can the ability to do (bad) social science be influenced by our genes? Well, quite easily if you carefully read Robert Trivers’ last book (see reviews in

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What is neuroaesthetics about anyway?

This post was originally written in 2006 by Simon Barthelmé and published on the Alphapsy blog. Martin Skov's Brainethics has a very nice post introducing bioaesthetics, a field that

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From Sudoku to Spinoza: The Hedonistic Side of Reasoning

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. We all have a friend who has spent some time trying to convince us that {insert here your personal bête noire, be it mathem

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How to Corax your theory of mind

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. Don't know why I decided to take a course in Greek Rhetoric this semester... But readers will be glad to learn that I really

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Explanations as orgasms

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. Explanations are necessary. Without them, hunter-gatherers would have trouble learning sophisticated hunting techniques and we

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Naive theories of gender differences in maths

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. An interesting study sheds some new light on the "gender and math" controversy, (in)famously reignited last year by Larry

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Who killed Gwen Stacy?

  Or why Superheroes need to know about physics' law of momentum conservation, causal deviance, possible world ontology and memetics. This post, written by Karim N'Diaye, was first

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Do psychiatrists believe in madness?

This post, written in 2006 by Karim N'Diaye, was first published on the Alphapsy blog. A short notice of a short paper investigating whether clinicians hold an essentialist view on mental

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Is terror management theory dying?

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. In a recent post on the psychology of religion, Hugo judged “dubious that we should be endowed with a fear of death so strong that

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Pitt-Rivers haunts the Musée du Quai Branly

This post was originally published in 2006, on the Alphapsy blog. On visiting the brand new Musée du Quai Branly in Paris last Sunday, I was amazed to meet the ghost of one of the most outdated

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Long live the majority!

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. "How should groups make decisions?" this old question is on the way of being answered, as researchers Reid Hastie and Tatsuya

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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

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