Eva Wentink’s Self-Monitoring Toilet Musings

Eva Wentink from OnePlanet (an institute created in a partnership of Wageningen University and Research, Radboud University Nijmegen and IMEC) muses, low-key charismatically, about the need and feasibility of a self-monitoring toilet. She explains how and why she and her colleagues built three toilets: (Thanks to Michiel Scheffer for bringing this to our attention.)

Introducing the SPOT effect : “Spontaneous Preference for their Own Theories”

A research team from the Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI) at the University of Southampton, UK, have identified a new psychological bias, which they are calling : “Spontaneous Preference for their Own Theories” – SPOT. A series of three experiments showed that : “[…] even where theory ownership is established in the […]

Cessation of Rumination. Say: “I? Aye!”

One needn’t ruminate more than one wants or need to, suggests this study: “The Cessation of Rumination Through Self-Affirmation,” Sander L. Koole, Karianne Smeets, Ad van Knippenberg, and Ap Dijksterhuis, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1999, Vol. 77, No. 1, 111-25. The authors affirm that they are at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Worrying about what other people might think of you, if you haven’t worried about what other people might think about you

A new study suggests that Facebook users who haven’t worried about what other people might think about them might worry about what other people think about them. The study also suggests that this is more true of some people than of others. (Thanks to investigator Erwin Kompanje for bringing this to our attention.)  The study is: “Awkward […]