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Why We Yawn (Psychology Today)

Psychology Today title: Why We YawnPT subtitle: A large study about yawning reveals a surprising insight.By: Sebastian Ocklenburg, Ph.D.Date: 17 May 2021 "KEY POINTS Why we yawn is still largely a scientific mystery.The world’s largest study on yawning analyzed yawns from 101 species.The results show the animals with bigger brains yawn longer.This finding supports...

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The danger of using absolute or relative numbers

I was surprised by the outcome of my blog of last Thursday. The low relative number gave a very different (macro) perspective than its high absolute (micro) number. It's too easy (for me) to blame the media or the source of those numbers. I think, feel and believe that our presenting of either absolute or relative numbers is a...

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Know thyself (3)

In several of my more recent blogs, I have used the word introspection. My "weird" conclusion was that I probably know others better than myself. This conclusion is, however, consistent with a 2018 article in The Atlantic: People don't actually know themselves very well. Its subtitle confirms my earlier conclusion: "Chances are, your coworkers are better at rating...

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People with greater intellectual humility have superior general knowledge (BPS/BT)

BPS / BT title: People with greater intellectual humility have superior general knowledge Big Think subtitle: Smart people are not afraid to say "I don't know." Author: Dr. Christian Jarrett Date of publishing: 3 April 2019 (BPS) / 15 May 2019 (BT) "In the era of social media and rolling news there’s a constant pressure to be in the know, always on hand with an...

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Affirmation of our choices and decisions

Several days ago, a friend asked if my son likes my new habitat. I answered that he does. She made some interesting follow-up remarks: "affirmation by people who are important to us, is sometimes a need" and "one small negative remark can cause so much confusion and/or dissatisfaction". Affirmation in this context can best be described as "emotional support or...

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