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Psychology News Round-Up (March 28th)

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By Dave Nussbaum

  • Tuesday is April Fools’ Day, which also appropriately marks the launch date for Pete McGraw’s (@PeterMcGraw) new book, The Humor Code(@humorcode), co-authored with Joel Warner. The book recounts the authors’ adventures around the globe in search of what makes things funny. I’ve just started chapter one but so far it’s great. You can also read more about the book, and Benign Violation Theory in a series of recent articles by Pete in Slate (there’s a yellow box right at the top that you can click to see the other entries).
  • Speaking of books, Adam Grant’s (@adammgrant) bestseller Give and Take came out in paperback last Tuesday. It’s definitely among my favorite books of the year. If you’re still not sure, you can download the first chapter for free — Adam can even inscribe it for you. I’m not getting any kickbacks here, I promise. Adam just sets a really good example as a giver.
  • Adam Waytz (@AWaytz) returns to blogging with a post on Quantiphobia and the moral consequences of attaching numbers to outcomes. His theorizing gets some support from a post on the blog this week by Melanie Green (@NarrProf) about how we perceive people differently when they try to make a point using numbers as opposed to stories — Nate Silver, you should be taking notes.
  • Look out! There’s a new frontier for personality psychologists to grapple with: mind-controlling parasites! Check out Ed Yong’s (@edyong209)  recent TED talk for the gory details.



Nice! Two simple examples illustrate the need to move beyond beyhavior and embrace cognitive neuroscience | — Jay Van Bavel (@jayvanbavel) March 25, 2014

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