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The SNL featured in “Das Experiment mit Linda Zervakis – Wie viel Herdentier steckt in uns?”

David Stolz and other members of the SNL have been featured in a national TV show on social behavior. Please find the video and a teaser for the show below (in German). “Warum klatschen wir, wenn alle klatschen? Warum kaufen wir dort, wo alle kaufen? Menschen imitieren das Verhalten der Gruppe, zu der sie sich …

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Beat the Prof – “Fremdscham und Peinlichkeit” on ZEIT Campus

We have put together some tricky questions on “vicarious embarrassment” and “fremdscham” at the German ZEIT ONLINE. Please enjoy (in German)! “Wann tritt Fremdscham am ehesten auf? Kann Babys etwas peinlich sein? Und welche Politikerin schämte sich für Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg? Beat the Prof Peinlichkeit!” [to the Quiz]

“The Impact Factor Fallacy” featured in The Scientist

Our opinion on the Impact Factor and the rationale for (not) using it for evaluating scientific excellence has been featured in “The Scientist” online. In our biorxiv preprint you cand find a more detailed explanation of our argument. “Papers published in low-impact journals are not necessarily low-quality scientific contributions.” [link to the article]

Rademacher’s et al. Biological Psychiatry article on dopamine function in smokers featured on Reuters

We are very happy to announce that Lena Rademacher’s most recent PET work on the recovery of dopamine function in former smokers has been featured on Reuters by Lisa Rappaport. The Biological Psychiatry paper contains all the details and can be found here. “The brain makes less dopamine, a chemical involved in both pleasure and addiction, …

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The odd empathy of vicarious embarrassment on “HowStuffWorks”

We have just come across this wonderful article by Julia Layton on HowStuffWorks. The article begins with a cringeworthy video of Ted Cruz and then nicely explains our take on why we experience such odd emotions as vicarious embarrassment for another’s predicaments. “In this video from a January campaign event in Iowa, presidential hopeful Ted Cruz leans …

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He strikes again – The scientific reason for why Jeb Bush makes you uncomfortable explained on attn:

It seems that Jeb Bush’s campaign offers a lot of examples illustrating the motivation for  our research. In this article by Lucy Tiven on attn: she draws attention on a recent incident in New Hampshire. “Jeb Bush is no stranger to embarrassment. A new report explains why despite his flubs and missteps, we’re prone to …

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