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readings in psychology for mar 6 2011

Posted Mar 06 2011 3:15pm
Karla with the catch of the day

Karla with her various 'catches of the day!'

Here is what I am reading today:

“Making waves isn’t conducive to staying asleep, at least when the waves are a type of brain signal associated with being awake. A type of brain activity known as an alpha wave emanates from the back of the head when a person is awake but relaxing with eyes closed. Scientists used to think that the wave was subdued and disappeared as a person fell deeper and deeper into sleep.”

“”Our research in computer graphics and computer vision tries to make using computers easier,” says the Binghamton University computer scientist. “Can we find a more comfortable, intuitive and intelligent way to use the computer? It should feel like you’re talking to a friend. This could also help disabled people use computers the way everyone else does.”"

Many studies have suggested that males tend to be more physically and verbally aggressive than females. According to a new study, to be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, it may not be the case that women are less competitive than men — they may just be using a different strategy to come out ahead. Specifically, women may rely more on indirect forms of aggression, such as social exclusion.

“Some stars may contain wormholes, throatlike tunnels connecting distant points in spacetime, a team of physicists proposes. But other researchers are having a hard time swallowing the idea. “It’s a nice piece of speculative work, but it is speculation,” says theoretical physicist Matt Visser of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.”

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