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Male Geeks Can Thank Their Dads

Did you know that psychologists can test how much of a geek you are? Or that the fathers of male geeks tend to share a certain characteristic? Inventing a Geek Index Researchers at New King’s College, London and The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment, Mount Sinai

You Smell Like A Dog, Claims Neuroscientist

It’s a well accepted fact that certain animals, like dogs and rodents, have an excellent sense of smell. Humans, not so much. But according to one neuroscientist, our sense of smell is much much better than we think. We may all smell like dogs, or even rats…

Want a Super Power? Try Reading!

Reading literary fiction helps make you a better human, and it gives you mind-reading powers too! Cool. According to a study by professor of psychology Emanuele Castano and his PhD candidate David Comer Kidd, reading can improve people’s ability to understand the mental states of others. This ability

The Less You Know The More Answers You Have!

In 1999, Justin Kruger and David Dunning identified a flaw in the human brain. The Dunning-Kruger Effect is a cognitive bias whereby poor performers tend to overestimate their competence in any given field. Sounds quite safe and bland doesn’t it? But to put it another way some