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Latest Piotr Winkielman Stories

2010-02-10 12:47:20

A sick or sad child might cling to mom's leg. But that same child "“ fed, rested and generally content "“ will happily toddle off to explore every nook and cranny of the known world. Or: You're chipper and you decide to check out the new restaurant across town. You're blue and you turn to comfort foods. If you've seen or experienced these scenarios, you may not be surprised about the latest finding from an international team of social and cognitive psychologists: A negative mood,...

2009-09-02 23:45:00

Study finds that thoughts color perception -- implications range from everyday misunderstandings to social anxiety and eyewitness memory Folk wisdom usually has it that "seeing is believing," but new research suggests that "believing is seeing," too "“ at least when it comes to perceiving other people's emotions. An international team of psychologists from the United States, New Zealand and France has found that the way we initially think about the emotions of others biases our...

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2005-05-28 09:40:00

Study found they made people more likely to try new things Subliminal images of smiling faces may make consumers more willing to try new things, new research suggests. Researchers at the University of California at San Diego found people were more likely to be interested in a "mystery beverage" if they'd just looked at a series of photos including fleeting glimpses of smiling people. Subliminal images of frowning faces, meanwhile, made the subjects less interested in the drink. The findings...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'