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A selection of recent behavioral science news, articles, and resources of note:

  • “Does a thought know to turn back at the edge of one skull when the paths lead into another?” Peter Watts explores the future of hive consciousness; our minds interfaced—with animals, humans, and machines. (Aeon)
  • Psychologist Julian Jaynes helped launch the public’s interest in consciousness in the 1970s. His grand ideas, eloquently expressed, were simultaneously inspiring and inane. Nearly four decades on, his ideas continue to divide and influence modern neuroscience. (Nautilus)
  • “One in five of patients in vegetative states are entirely unresponsive but will reliably produce conscious awareness activity patterns in the scanner,” reports Mo Costandi. But once you identify awareness in a person who seems otherwise unresponsive what do you do? (PBS)
  • Eminent psychologist and educator Robert Sternberg offers some “Career Advice From an Oldish Not-Quite Geezer,” in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “You can’t count on your publications and awards to take care of you,” he writes. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • Michael LaCour, author of the retracted study on attitudes toward gay-marriage admitted he lied on several aspects of the study, but maintained the findings were legitimate. (New York Times; Read Lacour’s response to the retraction here).
  • “The Upshot” wants you to take a guess at how family income impacts a child’s chance of going to college by plotting your own line on the graph below. How did you do? (New York Times)

upshot_youdrawImage: New York Times

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