Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

The best music to listen to for optimal productivity, according to science

Go to the article link for some sample music.

The best music to listen to for optimal productivity, according to science

Rachel Gillett | Jul. 24, 2015 | Business Insider

Music doesn’t have to add to your list of distractions.

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July 28, 2015 Posted by | brain, fun | , , , | Leave a comment

Play the game, help science

Cool “spot-the-egg” game that helps science. Can you get on the high-score board?
http://nightjar.exeter.ac.uk/egglab/

September 26, 2014 Posted by | evolution, fun | , , , | Leave a comment

How to win at poker: A “handy” tip

Good to know. 🙂

How to win at poker: A handy tip

Keeping a straight face is not enough

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June 16, 2014 Posted by | behaviour, fun | , | 2 Comments

Space Oddity in space

International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield’s music video from space — he sings Bowie’s Space Oddity.

Awesome.

 

May 13, 2013 Posted by | fun | , | Leave a comment

Do your balls hang low?

Do they wobble to and fro?  Hilarious follow-up to the Secrets of the Phallus, explaining all that’s hangin’…

From Scientific American, November 19, 2009:

Why do human testicles hang like that?

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November 25, 2009 Posted by | anthropology, evolution, fun | , , | Leave a comment

Video games can make you a better person

The social games, that is.  I’d love to see those made compulsory in school…

From The Economist print edition:

The behavioural effects of video games

Good game?

May 28th 2009

Playing video games can make you a better person

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June 17, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, fun, psychology, sociology | , , | Leave a comment

Secrets of the Phallus: Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

Funniest scientific article I’ve ever read…. from Scientific American:

Bering in Mind –  April 27, 2009

Secrets of the Phallus: Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

Evolutionary psychologists decipher the “Rosetta stone” of human sexuality

By Jesse Bering


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April 28, 2009 Posted by | evolution, fun | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Motivation to See What You Want to See

Underlines the importance of communicating clearly, without the use of satire.  From The International Journal of Press/Politics, Vol. 14, No. 2, 212-231 (2009)

The Irony of Satire

Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in The Colbert Report

This study investigated biased message processing of political satire in The Colbert Report and the influence of political ideology on perceptions of Stephen Colbert. Results indicate that political ideology influences biased processing of ambiguous political messages and source in late-night comedy. Using data from an experiment (N = 332), we found that individual-level political ideology significantly predicted perceptions of Colbert’s political ideology. Additionally, there was no significant difference between the groups in thinking Colbert was funny, but conservatives were more likely to report that Colbert only pretends to be joking and genuinely meant what he said while liberals were more likely to report that Colbert used satire and was not serious when offering political statements. Conservatism also significantly predicted perceptions that Colbert disliked liberalism. Finally, a post hoc analysis revealed that perceptions of Colbert’s political opinions fully mediated the relationship between political ideology and individual-level opinion.
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April 28, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, fun, politics | , , | Leave a 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

Create a talking photo!

Check it out, cool software allows you to take a photo and make it “talk”! The company is http://www.pqdvd.com/, but use the links below to see a demo and for more details.

 

blogmyspacedvd to ipod video convertertalkingphoto, dvd to psp convertertalkingphoto, dvd to zunetalking photo album

December 18, 2007 Posted by | fun | Leave a comment