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Editor's Selections: Logos, Hospitals, Stephen Colbert, and Surprising Findings


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

  • You might think that labels and logos indicate power or prestige, but you'd be wrong. Find out about the complicated relationship between overt labels and power at PsySociety in a great post by Melanie Tannenbaum.
  • Can music make your hospital stay more bearable? In a post at a new (to me) blog called For the Ears, Callum James Hacket discusses some research on this question.
  • Satire is a particularly nuanced form of humor. It might not be surprising, then, that Neurobonkers reports on a study that found "Colbert’s satire is so spectacularly deadpan that research has demonstrated that a significant proportion of right wing Americans actually believe that Colbert is genuinely a right wing commentator!"
  • Finally, over at Psych Your Mind, Juli Breines lists her top five surprising social psychology findings from 2011.

That's it for this week... Check back next week for more great psychology and neuroscience blogging!

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