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The Expert’s Ear: Expertise And Aesthetic Judgments

“The first time I listened to Pinkerton, Weezer’s second studio album, I hated it. And so did almost everyone else. Rolling Stone readers ranked it as the third worst album in 1996. Writing for Entertainment Weekly Jeff Gordinier compared it … Continue reading

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From Scientific America

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This Is Your Brain on Disney

“Researchers have suggested that Disney generates a successful experience because our brains are responsive and receptive to art, creativity, storytelling, humor, wit, music, fantasy, and morality, all of which may have been important to social development—and feature heavily in the … Continue reading

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If there were a celebrity among brain chemicals, it would be dopamine. Supposedly released whenever we experience something pleasurable, it’s forever linked to salacious stories of sex, drugs and wild partying in the popular press. The unsexy truth about dopamine … Continue reading

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Predictably irrational. Some great psychology in there and some application in design. Worth a lunchtime watch. (Source: http://embed.ted.com/)

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What Pricing Strategy Beats Discounts?

At the grimy end of psychology & design. What Pricing Strategy Beats Discounts?

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The Behavioural Design Lab is a is a new initiative from the UK Design Council and Warwick Business School. It’s all about Big Psychology, setting direction and encouraging big behavioural shifts. It’s good to see design as an industry start … Continue reading

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The silent signals of body language. If you’ve read the book you’ll know this is where it all started for me. (via Silent Signals | Psychology Today)

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How memory works or 10 things most people get wrong about memory

A great introduction to memory from PsyBlog: How Memory Works: 10 Things Most People Get Wrong

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Left Brain / Right Brain Myth

I’ve never been a fan of management & other pseudo psychology and the the left brain / right brain rubbish that is out there drives me mad. Back in 1987 this was a myth. Fast forward 25 years and it’s … Continue reading

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