Snooping for Psychological Insight
Sometimes the best insights into the human mind can be found by poking about in odd places. This week Psychology professor and "Snoop" author Sam Gosling revisited Big Think to discuss the latest directions his inventive research has taken.
Best known for studying the inadvertent, yet telling clues about ourselves we leave in our bedrooms and offices, Gosling has more recently explored the virtual spaces we create on Facebook and similar sites, which often reveal the same personality traits as our physical spaces. He also described his research into another place that yields surprising clues to human personality: the minds of animals.
Gosling stopped by Big Think last year as well; his explanation of what our private workspaces say about us can be found here.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
It turns out the human scalp has an olfactory receptor that seems to play a crucial role in regulating hair follicle growth and death.
- Scientists treated scalp tissue with a chemical that mimics the odor of sandalwood.
- This chemical bound to an olfactory receptor in the scalp and stimulated hair growth.
- The treatment could soon be available to the public.
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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