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Entries by Wray Herbert from 02/2012

Old and On the Road: Can We Train Older Drivers to Be Safer?

| Posted 02.06.2012 | Science

It appears that older drivers' mistakes may result not from declines in vision, cognitive sharpness, or physical ability but from learned habits -- habits that it may be possible to correct.

The Science Behind the Serenity Prayer

| Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living

What's actually going on in the mind of an alcoholic as he or she goes through the process of recovery? What are the cognitive mechanics underlying the initial, angry rebelliousness and, later, the genuine commitment to a sober life?

'Likes Long Walks in the Woods on Autumn Days'

| Posted 02.14.2012 | Science

A new and exhaustive study of online matchmakers -- and of romantic prediction in general -- raises real doubts about online dating services' methods and results. It questions the entire enterprise of predicting lasting love for any two people who have never met.

The Physiology of Willpower: Where Does Discipline Come From?

| Posted 02.17.2012 | Healthy Living

Willpower is the key to much that's good in life. So it's no wonder that psychological scientists have been studying willpower for decades, trying to figure out who is disciplined under what circumstances -- and why.

A Gesture of Authority: What's the Point?

| Posted 02.23.2012 | Science

Pointing is more than a way to direct another's gaze or focus one's concentration. The very act of pointing verifies the pointer's knowledge and trustworthiness. At least that's the implication of a new study.