Deputy Editor at Upworthy. Currently of Baltimore, formerly of NYC and Pittsburgh. Nerd. Feminist. Comedy fan. TV enthusiast. Ally. Fangirl. Hoping to make the world a better place by blogging in my pajamas.
"Our findings imply a deep irony. Revealing the existence and nature of a bias against creativity can help explain why people might reject creative ideas and stifle scientific advancements, even in the face of strong intentions to the contrary…"
So basically, science just proved why the Tea Party exists.
Lots of good ideas that aren’t the same old bullshit.
When a book tells you to use the symptoms of a mental disorder as a tool for making your life better, you know it’ll probably be pretty useful.
Can I also recommend “Think Fast: The ADHD Experience”? A few years ago I wrote a paper on the benefits of ADD/ADHD and how a lot of the most successful people in their industries are actually ADD/ADHD people and this book was one of the most useful resources both to my paper and to myself, as a person with ADHD, in understanding the way the (and I hate to use this word) disorder works. I can’t recommend it enough.
"The APA cited the fact that “emerging evidence suggests that statewide campaigns to deny same-sex couples legal access to civil marriage are a significant source of stress to the lesbian, gay and bisexual residents of those states and may have negative effects on their psychological well-being” and that gay and lesbian couples absolutely do strive for stable, loving marriages."
"Despite also listening to a form of anger - albeit laced with humor this time - these students performed better on the creative problems. The study also showed that students exposed to sarcasm performed better on problems that required more “cognitive complexity,” or the ability to look at issues from more than one angle, than those that didn’t hear such comments. The researchers suggest that while the underlying anger helped to focus the students, the inherent humor of sarcasm helped to offset the damage that anger can do.”
And this is why The Daily Show is better news than the 24 hour news networks.
HE DOES A SHATNER IMPRESSION. A SHATNER IMPRESSION. He also talks about his experiences with bipolar disorder, coming out of the closet, and working with Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson. This is well worth watching.
""…Rather than remembering things, we now simply retain the knowledge of how to find the information we need when we need it. In other words, the Internet as a whole has become what a major example of what psychologists refer to as “transactive memory.”"
A new study by researchers at Columbia University reveals how Google is changing the way we retain information [ZDNet]
"That’s what you do with depression, you mask the symptoms. The symptoms of depression IS depression, it’s not a symptom of something else. It’s not like you go “Oooh, I feel really sad” and then your arse falls off. The symptoms of depression is depression. You take away the symptoms of depression, HALLOOOOO! You’re cured! But Tom [Cruise] was like “No, no, no Matt. Matt, these drugs Matt, these drugs they’re just a crutch, these drugs are just a crutch!” and I’m thinking, “yes?” THEY’RE A CRUTCH! You don’t walk up to a guy with one leg and say, “Hey pal, that crutch is just a crutch, THROW IT AWAY! Hop ya bastard! That crutch is masking the symptoms of your one leggedness.”"
Craig Ferguson on Tom Cruise attacking Brooke Shields for using anti-depressants to fight Post-Partum Depression. (via themarriageofadeadblogsing)
I remain steadfastly anti Tom Cruise to this day. Brooke was gracious to forgive him, but I don’t need to. He and his cult are disgusting with the lies and propaganda they perpetrate about mental illness and learning disorders. He is the one celebrity I continue to openly mock. (via wtfhellokitty)
The real issue is that Craig Ferguson is just the bees knees.(via -rosasparks-)
"The APA review determined that legal abortion of an unwanted pregnancy “does not pose a psychological hazard for most women.” As summarized in the Guttmacher Institute’s May 2006 report, Abortion in Women’s Lives, the APA found that “women who are terminating pregnancies that are wanted or who lack support from their partner or parents for the abortion may feel a greater sense of loss, anxiety and distress. For most women, however, the time of greatest distress is likely to be before an abortion; after an abortion, women frequently report feeling ‘relief and happiness.’”"
The Striking Sexual Similarities of Gay and Straight Men: According to a scientific study which put gay and straight men in a brain scanner while they watched pornographic videos, gay men “don’t just like the same kind of porn as straight men. They use it the same way.”
“Our analysis of web searches, search histories, adult site traffic and paid subscriptions, videos, stories, online dating data, and adult site comments demonstrated one indisputable fact: when it comes to the sexual interests of straight and gay men, boys will be boys. The differences in the sexual interests of gay men and straight men is about the same as the differences in the sexual interests of Latino men and British men.”
In addition to this scientific research, cartoonists Chayne Avery and Russell Garcia of Boy Meets Hero created a gallery of erotic characters illustrating the parallels between gay and straight erotica (pictured: BBW & Bear).