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Color Your Judgment

Articles:

Research reveals that information from different senses interacts in the brain
http://www.sfn.org/index.cfm?pagename=news_11102003b
Society for Neuroscience (November 10, 2003),
(This article was a key inspiration for this exhibit.)

Web sites:

Demeter Fragrance Library
http://www.demeterfragrance.com/
(From sushi to laundromat, you’ll find scents of everything here.)

The Fragrance Foundation.
http://www.fragrance.org/
(Learn about the world of perfumes and fragrances.)

Sense of Smell Institute
http://www.senseofsmell.org
(Information on how the sense of smell relates to human behavior and psychology.)

Competent Candidates

Articles:

Inferences of Competence from Faces Predict Election Outcomes
A. Todorov, A. N. Mandisodza, A. Goren, and C. C. Hall
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/308/5728/1623
Science Magazine (June 10, 2005)
(A study of how voters evaluate politicians based on their appearance.)

That Babyface Looks Great—but Not for a Politician.
http://www.news-star.com/stories/061005/new_20050610005.shtml.
News-Star (August 3, 2007).
(Research suggesting that voters equate mature looks with competence.)

Articles (restricted access):

Facial Appearance Affects Voting Decisions
A. Little, R. Burriss, B. Jones, and S. Roberts
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1090513806000766
Evolution and Human Behavior (November 13, 2006)
(Research suggesting that faces affect hiring decisions and voting behavior.)

Crazy for Love

Articles:

Birds Do It. Bees Do It. People Seek the Keys to It
N. Angier
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/10/science/10desi.html
New York Times (April 10, 2007)
(An essay untangling the intricate components of sexual desire.)

Inside Every Girl Mouse Brain Is a Swaggering Boy Mouse
D. Biello
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=2D685119-E7F2-99DF-3224E6A0EA1EE9A4
Scientific American (August 5, 2007)
(Pheromone receptors trigger gender-specific behavior in mice.)

Articles (restricted access):

Love Special: What is This Thing Called Love?
A. Anderson and L. Middleton.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19025491.200.html
New Scientist (April 29, 2006)
(On seeking the nature and origins of love inside the brain.)

Books:

Natural Obsessions
Natalie Angier
(2000)London: Virago Press.

A General Theory of Love
Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon
(2001)New York: Vintage.

(See also Liesl Schillenger’s review in the New York Times at
http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/02/27/reviews/000227.27schillt.html)

Visit the Mind Bookshelf
http://www.librarything.com/catalog/MindAtExploratorium

Films and Videos:

Love Trap.
http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1210487.htm
Catalyst, ABC (September 30, 2004)
(An Australian television program on the chemical underpinnings of love.)

Helen Fisher: The Science of Love, and the Future of Women
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/16
Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading (February/September 2006)
(Why we love, why we cheat, and the significance of women in modern society.)

Cute-ify

Articles:

The Cute Factor
N. Angier
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/03/science/03cute.html
New York Times (January 3, 2006)
(Explores the evolutionary advantage of being cute)

Evolutionary Psychology and the Emotions
J. Tooby and L. Cosmides.
http://www.psych.ucsb.edu/research/cep/emotion.html
From Handbook of the Emotions (2004), 2nd ed., M. Lewis and J. M. Haviland-Jones, Eds. Guilford Press, 2004.
(An evolutionary psychological theory of the emotions)

Guinea Pigs
K. Vergoth.
http://psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-19951101-000025.html
Psychology Today (Nov/Dec 1995)
(Explores human preferences and aversion to using animals for laboratory research.)

Mini-Branding Comes to the Net
M. Lindstrom.
http://www.clickz.com/821661
The ClickZ Network (March 2, 2002)
(Manufacturers respond to our fascination with tiny things)

Natures and Cultures of Cuteness
G. Genosko
http://www.rochester.edu/in_visible_culture/Issue_9/genosko.html.
Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (Fall, 2005)
(On the socio-political aspects of cuteness)

Scientists Experiment with “Trust” Hormone
J. B. Verrengia
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1414568/posts
Free Republic, (June 1, 2005)
(Research suggesting that oxytocin increases trusting behavior.)

Articles (restricted access):

On 'Cuteness'
J. T. Sanders
http://bjaesthetics.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/32/2/162
British Journal of Aesthetics (April, 1992)
(An exploration of the nature of “cuteness.”)

Web sites:

Baby Animals
http://www.babyanimalz.com
(An online photo gallery of cute creatures.)

Cute Overload
http://cuteoverload.com
(Growing collection of cute animal pictures and videos.)

Oh My So Cute
http://www.ohmysocute.com
(A gathering of artfully cute Web sites and products.)

Ugly Overload
http://uglyoverload.blogspot.com
(When does ugly become cute? This blog celebrates ugly animals everywhere.)

A Dangerous Time

Books:

Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity
D. W. Galenson
(2006) Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

The Young and the Reckless
From The Trouble With Testosterone
R. Sapolsky
(1998) New York: Simon and Schuster.

Visit the Mind Bookshelf
http://www.librarything.com/catalog/MindAtExploratorium

Films and videos:

Catching Out
(Sarah George, 2003)
(Young people who travel by hopping freight trains.)

Dogtown and Z-Boys
(Stacy Peralta, 2001)
(Documents the beginning of skateboarding as a skilled and competitive sport)

Jump London
(Mike Christie, 2003)
(Follows three practitioners of parkour, an active and acrobatic sport of “free running” in urban settings.)

Riding Giants
(Stacy Peralta, 2004)
(Three generations of surfers who ride only the biggest waves.)

Spellbound
(Jeffrey Blitz, 2002)
(Profiles eight competitors in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee.)

Web sites:

Extreme Sports
http://dir.yahoo.com/Recreation/Sports/Extreme_Sports
(A Yahoo directory of sites about extreme sports)

A National Survey of Problem Behavior and Associated Risk and Protective Factors among Young People
http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/432.asp
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (April, 2002)
(A British survey of risky behavior in young people.)

Divided Attention

Articles:

Visual Attention Research: The FINST Visual Indexing Theory
Z. Pylyshyn
http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/finstlab/finst1.html
Visual Attention Lab, Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science (September 15, 2006)
(Research exploring how certain features or objects in a visual display are indexed so they can be referred to by subsequent cognitive processes.)

Web sites:

Demos of Several Multiple Object Tracking Experiments
http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/faculty/pylyshyn/DemoPage.html
(Studies of divided attention from the Rutgers Visual Attention Laboratory.)

Mix and Match Emotions

Articles:

Articles by Dr. Paul Ekman
http://www.ekmangrouptraining.com/articles.html
(Downloadable articles and book chapters by psychologist and facial expression researcher Paul Ekman.)

Introduction to Human Emotions
http://www.face-and-emotion.com/dataface/emotion/emotion_intro.jsp
DataFace: Psychology, Appearance, and Behavior of the Human Face
(Exploring the different components of human emotional expressions.)

Books:

Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life
Paul Ekman
(2007) New York: Holt.

Visit the Mind Bookshelf
http://www.librarything.com/catalog/MindAtExploratorium

Web sites:

Facial expression stencils
http://store.training-wheels.com/mixmaemst.html
(These stencils let you mix and match expressions at home)

Our Stuff, Our Stories

Articles:

Does Your Office Betray Your Personality?
B. Azar.
http://www.apa.org/monitor/mar02/officebetray.html
Monitor on Psychology (March 2002)
(An exploration of how personality is revealed in personal environments.)

It’s Not You, It’s Your Apartment
J. Wadler.
http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20D12F738540C7A8EDDAA0894DF404482
New York Times (March 29, 2007)
(Apartments that ruin romance)

 

Web sites:

Dr. Sam Gosling
http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/faculty/Gosling
(Dr. Sam Gosling's laboratory page featuring research on the relationship between personality and environment.)

You Just Get Me
http://www.youjustgetme.com
(Have others guess what you’re like.)

Sheep Brain Dissection

Articles:

Humor and Brains
K. Lurie
http://www.sciencentral.com/articles/view.php3?article_id=218392154&language=english
Science Center News (January 20, 2004)
(What’s funny? How the brain responds to a good joke.)

The Next Generation of Brain Scans
M. Pines
http://www.hhmi.org/senses/e210.html
Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
(On faster electrical recording techniques such as the EEG or MEG)

Science Watch
S. Carpenter
http://www.apa.org/monitor/feb01/sw.html
Monitor on Psychology (February 2, 2001)
(Research on how our personalities affect our responses to emotional stimuli.)

Womens’ Brains Wired for Emotion
http://www.emedical.com.au/default.asp?pageID=2&newsArticleID=573
eMedical: Medical Info Online
(Evidence that women’s brains may experience and remember emotions more strongly than men’s.)

Web sites:

Emotion, Memory, and the Brain: What the Lab Does and Why We Do It
http://www.cns.nyu.edu/home/ledoux/overview.htm
(Laboratory page for the Ledoux Laboratory at the Center for Neural Science at New York University.)

The Human Brain
http://www.onelife.com/evolve/brain.html
OneLife
(Tracing human nature in the structure of the brain)

The Human Brain Atlas
http://www.msu.edu/~brains/brains/human/index.html
(Information from the Brain Biodiversity Bank at Michigan State University.)

Neuroanatomy Tutorial I: Basic Anatomy of the Brain
J. Crimando
http://www.gwc.maricopa.edu/class/bio201/brain/brshpx.htm
(Learn to identify the structures in a sheep brain)

Probe the Brain
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/brain
PBS
(An online activity in which you can explore the brain’s motor cortex.)

Sheep Brain Dissection: The Anatomy of Memory
S. Cave and S. Schwartzenberg
http://www.exploratorium.edu/memory/braindissection
Exploratorium
(A step-by-step visual guide to a sheep brain dissection)

Sheep Brain Dissection Guide
http://academic.uofs.edu/department/psych/sheep/ieframerow.html
(From the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.)

Your “3 Brains in One” Brain
http://www.psycheducation.org/emotion/triune%20brain.htm
PsychEducation.org (November 5, 2000)
(Learn about your “reptilian brain” and your “mammalian brain.”)

The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art
http://neuroscienceart.com
(Quilted, knitted, embroidered, beaded, crocheted, no-longer gray matter.)