Editor’s Selections: Video Games and Arrogant Humans

Scientific American:

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week.

  • A post by Bradley Voytek on Oscillatory Thoughts about an article by Mo Costandi in Nature about a paper by Dan Simons and colleagues, about research methodology and video game studies. Voytek writes, “It amazes me how many meta peer-review papers are written that simply reiterate basic research and/or statistical methodologies.”
  • “Humans are consistently and bafflingly overconfident. We consider ourselves more skilled, more in control, and less vulnerable to danger than we really are. You might expect evolution to have weeded out the brawl-starters and the X-Gamers from the gene pool and left our species with a firmer grasp of our own abilities,” writes Elizabeth Preston at the Inkfish blog. So why are humans so arrogant anyway?

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