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Cognitive Bias Deep Dive: The Halo Effect

Cognitive Bias Deep Dive: The Halo Effect

After reading the articles we were provided to read and annotate I was really interested in the halo effect and have seen it many times in my life. The exact definition for halo effect is the tendency for an impression created in one area to influence opinion in another area. This can not only happen with humans and their impressions but can also be seen with a company, a brand, or certain products. A prime example of this with humans…

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How COVID-19 is affecting the economy and buisness.

How COVID-19 is affecting the economy and buisness.

During this time of the virus things are changing drastically including the economy and peoples jobs. This is mainly due to 1, the virus spreading easily and the whole social distancing aspect of it. State governors have ordered all citizens to stay at home during this time. This is very unfortunate for people that are not considered essential workers and leaves them with a at home and unfair work environment where business related things will not be done as efficient….

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Human Evolutionary Mismatches

Human Evolutionary Mismatches

Running with shoes VS. Barefoot The first evolutionary mismatch I want to address is the jogging article that was provided to us. After reading through this article I am somewhat convinced that jogging barefoot seems better for our health and our feet. This article also drew interest to me because in high school I ran track. I was a distance runner and I went through some minor injuries like shin splints and minor groin pulls. I wonder if these injuries…

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Amino Acids and Muscle Building

Amino Acids and Muscle Building

After being lectured on DNA and simple biology I was caught on the idea of amino acids and how they function in our bodies. In stores you will see essential amino acids supplements and BCAA supplements. I would always see these products and never knew exactly what they meant and the importance that came with them. In this article I want to explore that importance and the relation it has with our DNA and how amino acids function in our…

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Human Behavior and Agression

Human Behavior and Agression

Why do humans show aggression towards others. Some questions that surface when thinking about this topic are very interesting. For example “What is the developmental course of aggression and antisocial behavior in human beings? What factors lead humans to aggress against each other? What stability and change occur in the life course of individual differences in antisocial behavior? Why do some individuals become more antisocial than others? ” These questions cover aggression species wide and on an individual level and…

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Vocab List For Evolution

Vocab List For Evolution

These are some of the terms I discovered and felt I needed to know when researching my topics regarding evolution. Fitness- iologists use the word fitness to describe how good a particular genotype is at leaving offspring in the next generation relative to how good other genotypes are at it. Natural selection- the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring. The theory of its action was first fully expounded by Charles Darwin and is…

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Fitness, Evolution, and Human Behavior

Fitness, Evolution, and Human Behavior

After reading some of the questions we were provided about evolution and the topics we could dive into I chose fitness. The reason I chose fitness is because I am very into fitness and staying fit myself. When I think I fitness I think of lifting weights, sports, and going for a run but from a biologist standpoint it means a totally different thing. Biologists use fitness to describe how good a certain genotype or species is leaving offspring into…

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Becoming Human an Interactive Documentary

Becoming Human an Interactive Documentary

When and where was Lucy discovered? How old is Lucy? What species is she? Why was the discovery of the Lucy fossil so important? Lucy was discovered in Hadar Ethiopia in 1974. Lucy is about 3.2 million years old and she was a female hominid. This discovery was very important because it taught us a lot about closer and common ancestors and a lot more about human evolution. What is a hominid? A hominid is a creature that can stand and…

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Check Please Starter Course. My reactions and takeaways.

Check Please Starter Course. My reactions and takeaways.

At first sight of this course and after reading the description I thought it was going to be useless and boring to me. After getting past the first lesson I felt more intrigued. I say this because it was somewhat relatable. A specific example of this would be the “Fakeout” part where you try to detect what is fake news and what is not by analyzing claims and sources. Another detail I agree with is the use of a checklist…

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Reactions and takeaways from Sapolsky’s introduction to Human Behavior Biology

Reactions and takeaways from Sapolsky’s introduction to Human Behavior Biology

To start things off I found the section we had to watch of this video a little less interesting than the last one we had to watch. But either way hearing this guy talk is astonishing. Just by the way he talks and conveys his ideas and even sentences really shows his knowledge in his profession. The part of this video that stuck out the most to me was where he started talking about categorical thinking and how as humans…

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