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The Resource Riveted : the science of why jokes make us laugh, movies make us cry, and religion makes us feel one with the universe, Jim Davies

Riveted : the science of why jokes make us laugh, movies make us cry, and religion makes us feel one with the universe, Jim Davies

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Riveted : the science of why jokes make us laugh, movies make us cry, and religion makes us feel one with the universe
Title
Riveted
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the science of why jokes make us laugh, movies make us cry, and religion makes us feel one with the universe
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Jim Davies
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? Why do some people keep watching the news even though it makes them anxious?The past 20 years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions. Professor Jim Davies' fascinating and highly accessible book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, from art to religion and from sports to superstition. Compelling things fit our minds like keys in the ignition, turning us on and keeping us running, and yet we are often unaware of what makes these "keys" fit. What we like and don't like is almost always determined by subconscious forces, and when we try to consciously predict our own preferences we're often wrong. In one study of speed dating, people were asked what kinds of partners they found attractive. When the results came back, the participants' answers before the exercise had no correlation with who they actually found attractive in person! We are beginning to understand just how much the brain makes our decisions for us: we are rewarded with a rush of pleasure when we detect patterns, as the brain thinks we've discovered something significant; the mind urges us to linger on the news channel or rubberneck an accident in case it might pick up important survival information; it even pushes us to pick up People magazine in order to find out about changes in the social structure. Drawing on work from philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, psychology, economics, computer science, and biology, Davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, they have similar effects on our minds and brains"--
  • "A sweeping look at what grabs our attentions that pulls back the curtain on the psychological and evolutionary reasons that everyone is drawn to religion, conspiracy theories, and the news"--
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Davies, Jim
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Psychology
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Cognition
  • Psychology
  • Biological Evolution
  • Cognition
  • Psychologie évolutionniste
  • Psychologie cognitive
  • Psychologie
  • Évolution (Biologie)
  • Cognition
  • psychology
  • evolution
  • cognition
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • SCIENCE
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Erlebnis
  • Interdisziplinarität
  • Interesse
  • Kognitive Psychologie
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Riveted : the science of why jokes make us laugh, movies make us cry, and religion makes us feel one with the universe, Jim Davies
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-273) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Hardwiring for socializing
  • Wizard's first rule : hope and fear's anti-sweet spot
  • The thrill of discovering patterns
  • Incongruity : absurdism, mystery, and puzzle
  • Our biological nature
  • Our psychological biases
  • Why we get riveted
Control code
860754881
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9781137279019
Lccn
2013050467
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 650
System control number
(OCoLC)860754881
Label
Riveted : the science of why jokes make us laugh, movies make us cry, and religion makes us feel one with the universe, Jim Davies
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-273) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Hardwiring for socializing
  • Wizard's first rule : hope and fear's anti-sweet spot
  • The thrill of discovering patterns
  • Incongruity : absurdism, mystery, and puzzle
  • Our biological nature
  • Our psychological biases
  • Why we get riveted
Control code
860754881
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9781137279019
Lccn
2013050467
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 650
System control number
(OCoLC)860754881

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