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2013-03-13 17:55:10

Why do innocent people go to jail in the United States every year for violent crimes they did not commit? It´s a serious question representing the ultimate miscarriage of justice–taking away the freedom of a factually innocent person while also allowing the guilty person to remain free. The U.S. Department of Justice´s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) wanted to learn answers to prevent wrongful convictions in the first place. Jon B. Gould, J.D., Ph.D., a professor and...

2013-01-25 09:42:55

It seems like a great idea: Provide instant corrections to web-surfers when they run across obviously false information on the Internet. But a new study suggests that this type of tool may not be a panacea for dispelling inaccurate beliefs, particularly among people who already want to believe the falsehood. “Real-time corrections do have some positive effect, but it is mostly with people who were predisposed to reject the false claim anyway,” said R. Kelly Garrett, lead...

Brain Falters When Rules Change
2012-07-30 12:10:13

For the human brain, learning a new task when rules change can be a surprisingly difficult process marred by repeated mistakes, according to a new study by Michigan State University psychology researchers. Imagine traveling to Ireland and suddenly having to drive on the left side of the road. The brain, trained for right-side driving, becomes overburdened trying to suppress the old rules while simultaneously focusing on the new rules, said Hans Schroder, primary researcher on the study....

2012-07-10 23:01:30

Chemical Management System implements policing of manufacturing activities to help eliminate human error on the shop floor Fairfield, NJ (PRWEB) July 10, 2012 Studies have shown that human error accounts for up to 90% of drug manufacturing quality errors.* The impact of these errors is staggering: product recalls, investigations, and loss of consumer confidence to name a few. Valdata Systems has incorporated a sophisticated method of policing everything that impacts product — from...

2012-05-23 19:32:37

What do employees think of their boss when he or she makes a mistake? According to a new study, leaders who make mistakes are seen as less competent, less desirable to work for and less effective than leaders who do not. And if the leader is a man making a mistake in a man's world, he is judged more harshly than a woman making the same mistake in a man's world. The work by Christian Thoroughgood, from the Pennsylvania State University in the US, and his colleagues, is published online in...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.