ROTD :: Amazing rats « Naturally Selected

The PLoS One study, conducted by Duarte Viana and colleagues at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal, showed that rats were able to cooperate and adjust tactics depending on the strategy of their opponent, when put in a Prisoner’s Dilemma scenario. The results shattered the idea that only humans can solve the Prisoner’s Dilemma […]

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ROTD::Fast food logos unconsciously trigger fast behaviour : Not Exactly Rocket Science

Fast food logos unconsciously trigger fast behaviour Category: Consciousness • Psychology Posted on: March 22, 2010 8:30 AM, by Ed Yong Like it or not, the golden arches of McDonalds are one of the most easily recognised icons of the modern world. The culture they represent is one of instant gratification and saved time, of […]

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ROTD Research Of The Day :: Patterns of Prostitution Captured in Social Network :: Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog:

No Comment. hehehe. The community they look at is a public online forum with free registration, financed by advertisements, in which men grade and categorise their sexual encounters with female escorts. The community appears large with over 10,000 buyers and more than 6000 sellers all of whom use anonymous nicknames. The study covers a period […]

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rePost::Overcoming Bias : Telescope Effect

Would they rather spend $10 million to save 10,000 lives from a disease that caused 15,000 deaths a year, or save 20,000 lives from a disease that killed 290,000 people a year? Overwhelmingly, volunteers preferred to spend money saving the 10,000 lives rather than the 20,000 lives. … Slovic once told volunteers about a 7-year-old […]

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rePost::Does watching TV really kill you? : Cognitive Daily

If we are really concerned with the supposed population problem I believe giving TV’s to the poor would be a great bargain. First they’d have something more to do rather than sex and it increases the risk of death!!!! Of course I’m joking. The graph plots mortality rate (per 1000 person-years) against TV viewing-time. The […]

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