February 24th, 2012

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A Pervasive Unconscious Bias Against Creativity

Why People Secretly Fear Creative Ideas
Why creative ideas are often rejected in favour of conformity and uniformity.
http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/12/why-people-secretly-fear-creative-ideas.php
by Jeremy Dean who is currently a researcher at University College London, working towards a PhD, having previously completed an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at the same institution. Before that he obtained a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. His first degree was in Law and before studying psychology he had a career in the internet industry.
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Diet Soda Gives Ya Heart Attacks (Sorry)

People who drink diet sodas have 44% more heart attacks and strokes than those who don't. Pretty good sample size in this new study: N = 2564, 36% men, mean age 69 ± 10, 20% white, 23% black, 53% Hispanic. Done in Manhattan. They controlled for all the other stuff that (we know) influences CV events (age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption, BMI, daily calories, consumption of protein, carbohydrates, total fat, saturated fat, and sodium).

SOURCES
http://www.springerlink.com/content/b042807u865853t7/
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/758833?src=mpnews&spon=34