Brain Science for Writers 12/17/14

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Top Pick:  The mind-bending effect of feeling two hearts.  Fascinating article about how our sensations of internal organs affect how we process emotions.  (via Linda Poitevin)

Poorer kids may be too respectful at school.

Why do friendlier people lead happier lives?

The power of cute. A good reason to look at cute puppies before proofreading...

You can boost your creativity by looking at art. (via Passive Guy)

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Brain Science for Writers 12/9/14

Echo and Narcissus.  John William Waterhouse [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Top Pick: Kids These Days Really Are More Egocentric. Interesting study on how narcissism correlates with economic hardship

Electric shock study suggests we would rather hurt ourselves than others.

How People’s Political Passions Distort Their Sense of Reality

How the Color Red Influences Our Behavior

The Google misery index: The times of year we’re most depressed, anxious and stressed

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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 12/2/14





Brain science for writers roundup is a compilation of psychology/neuroscience articles of interest to writers.


Top Pick:  Kindness boosts status in Some Cultures

Top Pick:  How your facebook updates reveal your personality.  I thought this was hilarious.

Want To Be More Creative? Don’t Sleep via Passive Guy

Do men read books written by female authors?

How doctors determine the moment of death.

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Brain Science for Writers 11/25/14

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Top Pick: A really interesting article speculating in why smells are hard to name

Synchronized Walking Reduces Opponent's Perceived Size. This makes me think about ways synchronized movements can be used to show character relationships.

Interesting article about how Americans and Germans differ in their framing of grief.

More tips from Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker on how to be a good writer.

War really does foster a band of brothers.

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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 11/18/14

Brain Science for Writers is a periodic roundup featuring psychology articles of interest to writers.

Featured: Afraid asking for advice will make you look incompetent? Apparently asking for advice actually increases other peoples' opinion of you.

How sharing a toilet helps students make more friends.

Steven Pinker gives a psycholinguistic perspective on what makes good writing.

Is kindness physically attractive?

How does the psychology of ownership differ between western and eastern cultures?

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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 11/11/14

Brain Science for Writers is a periodic roundup features psychology articles of interest to writers.

Featured: An interesting analysis of how language has changed in certain films and movies over time.

Featured:  Ancient campfires led to the rise of storytelling.

Five biggest mistakes when writing mental illnesses.

How reminders of money affect people's expression and perception of emotion

Using literature to cope with grief.

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Marketing My Traditionally Pubbed Novel With a Self Pubbed Novella: Lessons and Observations


My debut novel Midnight Thief come out with Disney-Hyperion in July 2014. My primary strategy for marketing this novel was to self publish a prequel novella called Poison Dance in September 2013, about 10 months before the novel’s release. Now that it’s a few months after launch, I’m finally in a position to talk about what I did, what worked, what didn’t, etc. (And also, I’m taking Poison Dance off permafree in early December, so grab it now.)