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Aesthetics around the world wide web:
How did language evolve? Babel's Dawn is a blog devoted to that topic. Plus, if you have an hour to spend learning about this issue, Martin Sereno presents an interesting lecture on his theory about how it all happened.
An interview with neuroscientist Nancy Andreason on the nature of creativity.
Clusters of greatness: Why are all the great composers German?
How does the brain process music?
Neuroarthistory? I didn't know you could mix Greek and Anglo-Saxon words like that.
A New Yorker intro to neuroeconomics.
Gifted dyslexic storytellers.
The psychological basis behind team sports loyalties.
David Foster Wallace describes Roger Federer as an aesthetic/religious experience.
Something like that anyway. It was interesting.
Here in the US, only the largest cities offer even two teams to choose from. I think it would be much harder in the US to draw any conclusions about your personality by looking at your favorite team(s).
And I'd hate to know what it says about me that I root for a team (Oakland) that keeps finding more and more improbably painful ways to get close to winning and then fall apart.
Cialdini, R.B. et al. (1976). Basking in reflected glory: Three (football) field studies. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 34, 366-375.
which looked at big time college football programs.
Lots of mumbo jumbo but as a psychology student in need of direction it seemed a reasonable avenue to take at the time!
The Fulham orientation has an American angle (Bocanegra, McBride) so if you do ever progress the soccer angle and need a Fulham representative do give me a yell somehow.
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