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Entries Tagged as 'psych'

Great Success = Some Talent + A Lot of Luck

February 18th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Spotted this wonderful, and very accurate, ‘equation’ by Daniel Kahneman:
The Secret of Regression to Mediocrity
Success = Some Talent + Luck
Great Success = Some Talent + A Lot of Luck
The term ‘regression to mediocrity’ (also known as ‘regression to the mean’) was first coined by Francis Galton in 1886. Galton showed that, on average, the children [...]

Tags: bio · philosophy · psych · science

Alive and well

May 19th, 2003 · 2 Comments

Some utter fool has written an article in the Times (part one, part two) on the failure of psychology. My views are reflected quite accurately in this Metafilter thread which I contributed to.
Psychology is alive and well, and if you want to attack the strawman of psychoanalysis and outdated views of early 20th century psychology, [...]

Tags: mefi · newspaper · psych · science

They just can’t help it

April 17th, 2003 · 1 Comment

They just can’t help it – an article about the differences between the male and female brain by my old university psychology supervisor, Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen. Interesting and controversial stuff; I saw a lecture that he gave about this topic a few months ago (not via Metafilter – I read it in the Guardian myself [...]

Tags: mefi · neuro · psych · science

Third Wave

March 22nd, 2003 · No Comments

The Third Wave – in 1968, a schoolteacher conducted an experiment to find out how easily ‘normal American students’ could fall into patterns of behaviour as seen in Nazi Germany. The results were quite astonishing and unexpected, and well worth reading (via Metafilter).

Tags: mefi · psych


March 21st, 2003 · No Comments

One of the advantages of being a university student is that there are ample opportunities to be a psychology experiment test subject. If you’re ever bored and could do with a bit of cash, it’s well worth checking out if there are any psychology researchers looking for test subjects. Usually you’ll end up sitting in [...]

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March 8th, 2003 · 3 Comments

Once again, it’s the wonderful time of year when the BBC’s Reith Lectures are being presented. I’ve followed the Reith Lectures on my weblog for quite a few years now, so when I discovered that this year’s lecturer is none other than my old San Diego research supervisor, Prof. Vilanyanur Ramachandran, I was pretty damn [...]

Tags: adrian · bbc · lecture · neuro · psych


February 26th, 2003 · 1 Comment

It’s amazing how suggestible the human mind is. Well, not quite amazing, but still impressive. I’ve just been over at a friend’s who’s a fan of psychological magic tricks, and he managed to successfully predict two different cards chosen by myself and another person. When I say ‘predict’, of course what really happened was that [...]

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Freedom Evolves

February 25th, 2003 · No Comments

Just finished reading Freedom Evolves by Daniel Dennett. It took me only four days to accomplish this, which is a great improvement from previous philosophy books that took me several weeks to finish (or I never ended up finishing them). This presents several possibilites, which I’ve listed in increasing order of likelihood:
1) My IQ has [...]

Tags: book · philosophy · psych

Front Page

February 21st, 2003 · No Comments

I was feeling a little depressed and annoyed today when I was told that my entry for the college Science Essay Prize hadn’t won. So, to cheer myself up, I submitted it to the Kuro5hin community website and to my delight, my essay about synaesthesia has met with their approval and been posted on the [...]

Tags: adrian · neuro · psych · science

First Impressions

February 19th, 2003 · No Comments

I can tell a person’s personality by their face and watching them for a couple of minutes; this is something that I’ve believed quite strongly for a long time. And finally I’ve been proven conclusively – and pleasantly – wrong.
There’s a tendency for people to try and ease their brain’s processing load while judging the [...]

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