Brain Science for Writers Roundup 5/18/15

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Top Pick: How to Help the Growing Female Prison Population

Believing Beauty Is Attainable Causes Pain. Also, check out the interesting tidbits in the "I think I can" sidebar.

Famous Paintings Can Reveal Visual Disorders

Speaking a second language may change how you see the world

Ovulation changes women’s desire for variety in products

The Smell of Stress and Fear

Poverty Shrinks Brains from Birth

Depressed parents cause anxiety and bad behavior in toddlers

Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases

Sexy men make others take bigger risks with money

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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 5/17/15

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Top Pick: Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?

Top Pick: Young, Attractive, and Totally Not Into Having Sex

How social norms come into being. Seems relevant for bestselling book and box office hits as well.

“She’s strong for a girl”: The Negative Impact of Stereotypes About Women

Too much praise may make kids narcissistic

Noise And Distraction May Hold Untapped Creativity; First Physiological Evidence Of 'Leaky Attention' (HT Passive Guy)

Trust issues? It may be your brain structure

The psychology of female serial killers

Why you might want to beware the introvert on your team

Psychopaths cannot understand punishment—what does that mean for the courtroom?

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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 5/3/15

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Top Pick:  Han Solo Shot First. The surprising significance of past tense, present tense, and everything in between on Wikipedia

After handshakes, we sniff people's scent on our hand. Kinda creepy, but cool!

Harsher punishments for the obese and hippies -- particularly for purity related violations. Insightful and depressing look at how subliminal biases can work.

Gossip boosts self reflection.

"I did it for the team" – How outsiders cheat in pursuit of popularity

Does Thinking About God Increase Our Willingness to Make Risky Decisions?

By age three, girls already show a preference for thin people

The Women Who Stare at Babies. Women who want to be mothers enjoy looking at baby faces more than other women. A good example of how a character's point of view can affect visual descriptions.

Moral Time: Does Our Internal Clock Influence Moral Judgments?

By helping other people, you'll find it easier to accept the help you need


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Brain Science for Writers Roudnup 4/25/15

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Top Pick:  The rhythm of great performance. (via Passive Guy)

Misdirected vengeance can still feel just.

Why don't you want to sing and dance in public?

Most supernatural beliefs are about avoiding harm, not bringing benefit

Why we are saying "uh" less and "um" more.

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My Income Distribution for 2014

About a week ago, I went over my writing income for 2014.  Since I find it interesting when other authors post about their earnings, I thought I'd post the distribution of my income from different publishing channels.

So what happened in 2014?

Traditional Publishing:
1. Midnight Thief (novel) released (July)
2.  Daughter of Dusk (novel) contracted (April) for 2015 release

Self publishing
1.  From Words to Brain (essay) self pubbed after getting rights back. (January)
2.   Lord of Time (short story) sold to Inscription Magazine (September) and self pubbed after exclusivity window ended (December).  Also made available for free to new mailing list subscribers (sign up at www.liviablackburne.com).
3.  Poison Dance in backlist.  Permafree from April through November.

Brain Science for Writers Roundup 3/20/15

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Top pick: Belief that some fields require 'brilliance' may keep women out. Makes me wonder if we need more stories about brilliant women.

Anthropologist seeks the roots of terrorism.

Why romantic illusions are a good thing.

In the brain, romantic love is basically an addiction.

Terms of Endearment.  Why do we use pet names in relationships?

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Brain Science for Writers 3/3/2015

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Top Pick: To fall in love with anyone, do this. This is a fascinating article on how to generate emotional intimacy between two people. The article overstates it a bit -- the actual study (linked in article) didn't actually make people fall in love. Rather, the couples who went through their procedure scored one point higher on a "closeness questionaire" than couples assigned to small talk. But still, I found the article fascinating. And for novelists, I highly recommend clicking through to the research study and reading the questions in the appendix, if you'd like an example of the types of questions and conversation topics that foster emotional closeness between two people.

Long work hours make people more likely to drink heavily

The delivered story vs. the interpreted story.

For Couples, Success at Work is Affected by Partner’s Personality

Political gridlock: blame the men. Take the conclusions drawn here with a grain of salt. The study itself involved survey data from voters, and experiments on undergrads. To go from that to speculations about how congress functions is a big leap indeed. Still, this article has some interesting points to think about.

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