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PSYlent: 24th June 2007

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Here is the next PSYlent, the weekly overview of those stories that I think are pretty interesting in psychology but don’t really apply to OCR. Seems a shame to miss out on them just because I can’t get them to fit into the specifications. So, here are those studies that would have been without a voice on PsychBLOG; or as I’m going to call them: PSYlent!

These last two weeks I haven’t really had that much time to read what’s been going on, but these are the stories that have caught my attention the most.

An Englishman, Irishman, and Scotsman go into a bar …
It seems that there’s no universal standard for jokes. There are no universally good or bad jokes for both women and men and women have changed their humorous preferences (among the participants between 18-25 years old, men still laugh more at jokes degrading to women and reject those degrading to men; by contrast, women now laugh more at jokes degrading to men and reject those degrading to women). See CogNews for the punchline!

What kind of emailer are you?
Does your email inbox stress you out? Does “You’ve got mail” mean “You’ve got stress”? Or are you more laid back about email? Do you see it simply as a way to make your life easier? Jermey Dean has a poll running over at PsyBlog.

Burning the candle at both ends?
If you’re burning the midnight oil to study for exams, you might see your academic dreams go up in smoke. A new study presented at the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Minneapolis describes how college students who pass up on sleep to pull “all-nighters” generally have lower grade point averages.

And finally…

Walk & Talk
It’s well established that talking on a mobile phone while driving is distracting and dangerous. But what about talking on a mobile phone while walking? The BPSRD looks into this.

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One Response to “PSYlent: 24th June 2007”

  1. Robert July 2, 2007 at 12:06 am #

    It’s funny how the jokes that are degrading to other people are funnier than those to themselves… it just goes to reflect the individualistic culture we live in!

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