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[personal profile] linabean linked to this article below, rightly pointing out that it could have been written by a four-year-old Rodney McKay. I completely agree --- this kid is VERY Rodney-ish! :)

Adults Have Misclassified Me As A Handful
Clearly, a mistake has been made. For whatever reason, I have been singled out and wrongly characterized by the adult world as a "real handful." In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.continues below... )

Also, thanks to those who have filled out my poll on filters. If you missed it the other day, here it is. Cheers!
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I love strange research, so I just have to share this one!

Watanabe, S., Sakamoto, J. & Wakita, M. (1995). Pigeon's discrimination of paintings by Monet and Picasso, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 63(2), 165–174.

The abstract is under the cut )

Zelenka would be so proud! You can read the rest of the article here

In other news, I have decided to delete my travel journal --- I have saved the entries and will eventually post them here on this journal, but I've decided that I prefer to have everything in the same place. And don't worry, when I post those travel journal entries on this journal I'll backdate them so you won't all be spammed! :)
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This article from the NewScientist.com news service describes some weird psychology research. Since I love weird research, I just had to share it! (It's very long, but there is some incredibly funny stuff there!)

A quirky look at our quirky species
09 May 2007 // NewScientist.com news service // by Richard Wiseman

Did you know that fruit and vegetables have personalities? According to research carried out by Robert Sommer at the University of California, Davis, in 1988, lemons are seen as dislikable, onions are stupid, and mushrooms are social climbers.

Sommer is not alone in his fascination with the stranger corners of the human mind. Each generation, a handful of psychologists have explored where their mainstream colleagues fear to tread. One team investigated whether local suicide rates are related to the amount of country music played on radio. Another made a beauty map of the UK by noting the number of good-looking people walking city streets (London was rated the best, Aberdeen the worst, since you ask).

I have called this discipline "quirkology" - the use of scientific methods to study quirky human behaviour, or quirky methods to probe weightier topics. Having conducted quirkological research for more than 15 years, on subjects such as luck, jokes and dating, I wish to pay homage to the small band of dedicated academics who have kept the quirky flag flying. Here are my eight favourite studies made in the pursuit of peculiar knowledge.Hell hath no fury like... ) Take a letter )Liar, liar, pants on fire )The comedy K )One careful owner )The power of positive thinking )Hot and spicy )The da Vinci code )


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