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ScienceSeeker Editor’s Selections: Replications, Illusory Faces, High Art, and Fridge Moms

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Here are my Science Seeker Editor’s Selections for the past week:

This is a big deal, following a tough summer for the field: Psychological Science to publish direct replications (maybe). By Sanjay Srivastava.

At BPS Research Digest, find out why paranormal believers and religious people are more prone to seeing faces that aren’t really there in this post by Christian Jarrett.

“An artist drew dozens of self-renderings while under the influence of varying drugs, and the series has found its way to a scrollable media platform where it’s touted as ‘all kinds of cool.’” Cassie Rodenberg asks, “Does this form of art confirm or negate the seriousness of drug use and the struggles of those coping with chronic dependency and addiction?”

At Mind Hacks, Vaughan Bell treats us to a brief reheating of the refrigerator mother, and offers a nuanced approach to a very complicated problem of how certain disorders can be presented by mainstream media. “Unless you include ‘starvation’ under the concept or ‘poor interaction with the mother’ the scans really don’t represent what typically happens to children who are emotionally neglected.”

Jason G. Goldman About the Author: Dr. Jason G. Goldman received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he studied the evolutionary and developmental origins of the mind in humans and non-human animals. Jason is also an editor at ScienceSeeker and Editor of Open Lab 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. Follow on . Follow on Twitter @jgold85.

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