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Posts published in April 2021

Mind-Melding With Our Favorite Fictional Characters

Have you spend time reading or binge-watching your favorite shows this year? Research suggests that those beloved characters mean as much to us as our friends, at least if we are immersed in the fictional environment: Source: macmillan…

Heat Overrides Genes To Make Bearded Dragons Change Sex

Great example of epigenetics: Male bearded dragon embryos will hatch as females if the eggs are too warm – the heat overrides their genes to make them change sex! Source: macmillan psych community

The cognitive dissonance of QAnon followers

In the aftermath of the US presidential inauguration, I’ve been reading about QAnon with much interest. From the New York Times: Followers of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, have spent weeks anticipating that Wednesday [1/20/21, inauguration day] would be the…

Helping students overcome the planning fallacy

The planning fallacy tells us that everything will take longer than we think it will (Kahneman & Tversky, 1982). In a fun—and unpublished—study, MIT graduate student Kaley Brauer, tells us about what they learned about the planning fallacy—albeit never named…