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  1. Brain Orgasms, Spidey Sense, and Bob Ross: A Look Inside The World Of ASMR

    Oh, such a good scientific mystery!

    Since discovering the scientifically controversial but definitely awesome phenomenon known as ASMR, my life (and my browser history) has changed drastically. So why don’t more people know what I’m talking about?

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Things Get Freaky In First American Horror Story S4 Cast Photo

    Featuring bearded lady Kathy Bates.

    Those looking forward to American Horror Story: Freak Show have only until October 8th to wait. I should catch up on AHS, right? I feel like I should.

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  3. Facebook Secretly Used 689,003 People for a Psychological Experiment [Updated]

    ...but I think I might be fine with it.

    Facebook has been caught in a scandal after it was discovered that in 2012 they turned 689,003 users into unknowing participants in a psychological experiment. It's sneaky, arguably unethical, but surprisingly I think I'm actually on Facebook's side on this one.

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  4. Study Shows “Pinocchio” Won’t Help Your Kid Handle The Truth

    Or whales.

    Of all the moralistic fables told to kids to encourage honesty, "Pinocchio" is one of the weirdest, and possibly the least effective. A team of child psychologists recently studied the influence classic tales have on the honesty of children between 3-7 years old, and found that stories need a very specific touch to teach the merits of truth.

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  5. Experts Discuss The Psychology of Cult TV Shows

    Consider the Following

    Saturday at WonderCon 2014, a group of psychologists, and one psychologist-in-training, held a panel to discuss why cult TV shows really speak to us geeks. The panel included licensed therapist Josué Cardona (GeekTherapy.com), psychology professor Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), clinical psychologist and scientist Dr. Janina Scarlet (The Superhero Manual), and Elizabeth Ann (NerdLush.com). The panel had a packed room, with nearly two dozen con-goers occupying standing room in the back due to the lack of seats.

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  6. Scientists Link Cat Bites To Depression In Women, Somehow

    But I thought kitties were supposed to stave off depression? The whole world is a lie.

    Cat people say that kitties are great for your mental health - but science begs to differ. A new study published in PLOS ONE shows that, of the 1.3 million patient files studied over 10 years, 41% of people who had once hit up a hospital for a cat bite later returned to be treated for depression. Oh, and the researchers don't know why.

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  7. Psychologists Prove Internet Trolls Are Terrible People, Try Not To Die Of Surprise

    They fall into the Dark Tetrad, which sounds way awesomer than it actually is.

    So we all know internet trolls are the bane of the internet; but, in reality, are they all just harmless basement-dwelling creeps and pre-pubescent boys? A new study suggests that's not the case; in fact, the troll denizens of the net have some serious personality issues IRL.

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  8. The Internet Addiction Clinic is Ready for your Business

    Not that we’re insinuating you’re addicted to the internet, but you’re probably addicted to the internet.

    Is your love life languishing in the shadow of your eSports schedule? Do you forget to eat during your marathon WoW raids? Have you watched more cat videos than any single person you know? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might have an internet addiction – and now, there’s a program that can help you out.

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  9. Top Panels to Attend or Keep an Eye on at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

    Joss Whedon, Matt Smith, and Neil Patrick Harris are just a few I would like to hug. A lot.

    After spending more time than is healthy perusing the entire schedule for San Diego Comic-Con, my initial response was to considering begging for a ticket to San Diego. I would tell you what I'd do for it, but putting that in writing might be illegal. Suffice it to say: The multitude of panels look so incredible, it is almost impossible to decide which you (assuming you are lucky enough to go!) ought to attend. Worry not, gentle reader: Below is the list of 50 events I would mainline caffeine, wear hideous athletic sneakers, and maybe work on that whole being-in-two-places-at-once-issue to attend, helpfully divided into categories of interest.

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  10. Are You Reading This Aloud in Your Head? Probably, and a New Study Could Explain Why

    You can't stop now noticing it now, can you?

    Reading, planning, realizing the twelve good comebacks you could have used in that argument earlier-- by and large, you "hear" yourself speak in your own head, even when you're not speaking aloud. Two new experiments by Mark Scott examine the largely unexplored phenomenon, finding that there may be a psychological significance to this trait.

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