Brain Science for Writers 2/10/15

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"Rice Field" by Unknown - USAID Bangladesh. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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

Top Pick:  Rice farming might be linked to holistic thinking.

Why fat shaming makes the problem worse.

Exposure to different forms of violence affects kids’ sleep differently

How the religious see robots.  I'm actually not a huge fan of how this article was framed.  There's a lot of buildup about how religious fundamentalism affects one's views of robots, and only toward the end is it stated that the result of interest didn't actually reach statistical significance.  In layman's terms, this means the effect didn't reach the standard threshold required to decide that it is a real effect (and not a result of random chance).  The most I would say here is that this is something interesting that could suggest a followup study.  But still including this article in the roundup because it poses some interesting questions.

An interesting "time travel" experiment that asks interesting questions about how we view our past.

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