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Op-Ed: New study: Life is better for smarter people with fewer friends?

Sydney - Researchers have found that social interactions, even with friends, can be a problem for more intelligent people. The research also found some interesting ancient links to behavior which are rewriting the rules for social contacts.

Review: An intriguing account of Milgram's obedience experiments

In his recent movie Experimenter, released this month, director Michael Almereyda helps us witness the inner workings of a brilliant psychologist's mind who literally shocked the world in the 1960s.

Op-Ed: Music makes you nicer, if it’s the right music

Apparently listening to all that unforgettable rap and other ho-hum stuff might be a negative influence. (The hell you say!) Listening to positive music, however, has now been shown to have the opposite effect.

The rationale for an irrational species rationalizing rationales

It’s called “cognitive dissonance”, which means disagreeing with something you know and understand differently. Hence the instinctive ability to rationalize anything into an acceptable form. Self-delusion is another description.
 

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