The Globe and Mail: “Good news for students and worrying parents as researchers discover a quick and easy method to boost final exam scores,” says Psych Central. “In a new study, researchers determined [that] chewing gum for five minutes before taking a test improves test scores. However, students should use More

The Wall Street Journal: To summon the “calculated explosiveness” he felt he needed to clinch a motorcycle jump at this past summer’s X-Games, Travis Pastrana cranked up AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock” before revving his engine. The motocross champion and race driver usually likes country music—nothing overly aggressive—to help More

ScienceBlogs: Last month’s Frontiers in Psychology contains a fascinating study by Dambacher, Hübner, and Schlösser in which the authors demonstrate that the promise of financial reward can actually reduce performance when rewards are given for high accuracy. Counterintuitively, performance (characterized as accuracy per unit time) is actually better increased by More

ScienceBlogs: Neugier ist lästig (“Lass mal sehen, was du da hast”), Neugier ist störend (“Was schreibst du gerade?”), Neugier ist indiskret (“Weißt Du, warum der M. neuerdings immer so früh nach Hause geht?”) Kein Wunder also, dass “sei nicht so neugierig” zu den häufigeren erzieherischen Ermahnungen gehört. Pandoras Neugier brachte More