Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Ruthlessness gene discovered

Article from Nature:

‘Ruthlessness gene’ discovered

Dictatorial behaviour may be partly genetic, study suggests.
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April 8, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, emotions, evolutionary psychology | , , | 1 Comment

Listen to music while you work

It is supposed to improve your productivity:

Music Calms the Savage Beast, Makes the Heart Grow Fonder and Increases Worker Productivity

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February 20, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, emotions, fun | Leave a comment

Why We Love

Time magazine article on love and evolution. The part on pheromones may be inaccurate as it mentions women synchronizing their menstrual cylces, and I am pretty sure I’ve read a recent study debunking that. But it seems to be up to date on the MHC detection issue, with the surprising conclusion that our high divorce rate may be affected by women selecting their mates while on birth control pills and realizing their choice is wrong after they get off it (nomally women prefer men with opposite MHC to their own; but while pregnant or on the pill, they prefer like MHC).

And most importantly, the wise advice: do not pick your mate with elevated levels of adrenalin — that seems to make them more appealing than they really are.

Here is the story:

Why We Love

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January 28, 2008 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour, emotions, evolution | Leave a comment

AI – using emotions

A robot that makes decisions based on “emotions” in order to save computation time — hmm, sounds like humans! Reference to the OCC psychological model (1988) that was used to define the emotions in terms of objects, actions and events.


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July 27, 2007 Posted by | AI, decision making, emotions | Leave a comment