The Biology Of Art Appreciation

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“Viewing paintings engages a number of different regions of the brain, suggesting art appreciation is a natural biological process, according to the report in the June issue of the journal Brain and Cognition.”

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Guess What? Game Of Thrones Isn’t *Really* Medieval (And Yes, That Matters)

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“What Martin actually gives us is a fantasy version of what the historian Alfred Crosby called the Post-Columbian exchange: the globalizing epoch of the 16th and 17th centuries. A world where merchants trade exotic drugs and spices between continents, where professional standing armies can number in the tens or hundreds of thousands, where scholars study the stars via telescopes.”

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Study: Intuition Versus Analytics

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“Many people correctly solved more problems if the previous person had a high score rather than a low one. But, crucially, this effect was found only for a specific subset of individuals: Those who (a) tended to process information in an intuitive, System 1 way, and (b) actually touched the paper that had allegedly been handled by the previous test-taker.”

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The Art Of Bean-counting (Yes, The Art)

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“No one publicly celebrates the virtues of balancing one’s books and of audits with great art or gripping characters. Occasionally an accounting hero emerges, bringing a billion-dollar loss to light, but few people appreciate it, as the Dutch did, as a profound moral advance in business and public affairs.”

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What Does Soccer Mean Today?

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“My first question, then, was how soccer affects the life of a country. My second was how the life of a country affects its soccer.” (Yes, even ArtsJournal will glom onto the World Cup.)

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Introversion: It’s Not What You Think It Is

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“Quick Quiz: Which of the following are signs of introversion? Highly sensitive. Deep Thinker. Reflective. Introspective. Intelligent. Negative emotions. Socially Anxious. Defensive. Vulnerable. Always prefers solitude over social interaction. Answer: Not a single one.”

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Rats Regret The Bad Choices They Make, Just Like We Do

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota “found that rats expressed regret through both their behavior and their neural activity. Those signals … were specific to situations the researchers set up to induce regret, which led to specific neural patterns in the brain and in behavior.”

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