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Super Bowl Psychology: 4 Ways You—and Your Friends—Will React to the Big Game

Enjoy the Superbowl - Broncos vs. Seahawks

Though you may not know it, when you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday—especially if you actually watch the game and not just the commercials— you’ll likely be engaging in a lot of what psychological scientists call counterfactual thinking: thoughts about “what might have been,” “at least,” and “if only.” Research on counterfactual thought explains [...]

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When Seahawks Fans Cause Seismic Events

Malcom Smith hoists his MVP trophy. Congratulations, Malcolm! Screenshot from same video as above.

After the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, I got curious: did all those fervent fans I’ve been seeing painting the town blue and green for the last several weeks cause another BeastQuake? From a brief browse of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, it would appear sadly, no. There weren’t enough fans packed tightly enough in [...]

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SciArt of the Day: Arach-attack!


Marlin Peterson’s spectacular trompe l’oeil of two opiliones (commonly known as daddy long legs) atop Seattle’s Armory is bound to give arachnophobes a run for their money. Trompe l’oeil (literally “trick the eye”) is a classic mural technique that is used to create the illusion of a three-dimensional object on a flat surface. Because of [...]

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