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Melanie Tannenbaum
Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives in Reno, NV
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In honor of #ToughMudder  unveiling its new obstacles for 2015 this week, I've revamped one of my favorite old posts on the psychology of becoming a Tough Mudder -- including the reason why it's such a cooperative atmosphere, why we end up pushing harder than we thought we would, and even why it's a good idea to sign up for one with your significant other! Check it out at PsySociety! :)

#science   #scienceeveryday   #psychology   #toughmudder   #toughmudder2015   #mudrun   #mudder   #socialpsychology  
In November 2011, I participated in my first Tough Mudder, an event officially billed as a
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Are you still trying to figure out what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Why don't you try this PsycHoliday idea for stocking stuffers? It's scientifically-supported, relationship-boosting...and completely free!

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/psysociety/2014/12/14/stocking-stuffer/

#sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday   #psychology   #holiday   #holidayseason   #christmas   #stockingstuffers  
If there are three things that people tend to have on their minds during the holiday season, it’s a) saving money, b) friends & family, and ...
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Now that Christmas is over, are you crafting a long list of resolutions for 2014? Well, research can actually help you out with that task. Today at +Scientific American, come get some pointers on creating goals that are more likely to lead to success! #SciAmBlog   #ScienceEveryday   #Psychology   #Goals   #newyearsresolution   #NewYear
As we approach the beginning of a new year, many people will be heading into 2014 with a long list of resolutions that they intend to ...
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Why is it bad to do it all for the applause? "It is not particularly desirable or adaptive to focus on performance goals at all — and if I had the chance to tell Gaga anything right now, it would probably be the fact that encouraging a generation of young minds to be entity theorists with performance goals is not a particularly good way to set them up to persist in the face of failure, confront any challenges they might face, and work hard towards important goals."
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+Melanie Tannenbaum what a fun piece, thanks for sharing! +Gord Birch I think it's time for you to find another sandbox to play in. You aren't welcome in this one. Take your toys and leave. The science blogging community is a vibrant one, full of people with egalitarian and respectful behaviors. We tend to welcome everyone into our fold willing to behave with the same tolerance and kindness. You are condescending, rude, sexist, spiteful and threatening. Hence, the request for immediate removal from our sandbox.

Get out of here, dude, you come off as a total idiot.
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Today at +Scientific American , I write about why it's so short-sighted and flawed to claim that #psychology isn't a real #science .

"Each and every semester, my class of 100 sophomore-aged undergraduates immediately comes to understand what [some have] yet to learn: Measurement is complicated. No matter what you study. Period. It’s complicated if you’re trying to explain what exactly Schrodinger was trying to say with his infamous cat problem. It’s complicated if you’re trying to figure out why there are EIGHT DIFFERENT SCALES that measure the exact same physical concept. It’s complicated if you’re trying to create the technology that might let you detect a hypothetical particle that, if found, would validate an entire model of particle physics. So why exactly are we supposed to be surprised that it’s still complicated when you’re trying to measure something abstract? Like feeeeeeelings?"

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Nicely written piece, +Melanie Tannenbaum , I often try to make a similar point with students in my Cognition course...that we're trying to measure things (or infer the existence of things) in a way that might be analogous to the inferential conclusions that are made in so many other sciences...
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Mother's Day isn't over yet! Come read about attachment, monkeys, our need to be cuddled, and why Mom's love and support is so very, very important.
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Great article, was wondering when Stalin was going to be mentioned.
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Psychology lost a great scholar & a true pioneer this week. Rest in peace, Nalini Ambady.

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Yesterday, the field of Social Psychology lost a true pioneer. Nalini Ambady, professor of psychology at Stanford, passed away at the far-too-young age of 54 after ...
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Today is #YomKippur , the holiest day of the Jewish year -- a day intended for atonement, seeking forgiveness from those we have wronged, and granting it in turn to those who have wronged us. In honor of this holiday, I reflect today at +Scientific American  on the role of a cognitive bias that's so common amongst us all, social psychologists call it the "fundamental attribution error" -- and how this tendency we all have can lead us astray when gauging people's good (or bad) intentions, holding grudges, and deciding to (or not to) forgive.
#sciamblogs #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday #psychology #science #forgiveness #holidays #judaism #atonement #socialpsychology  
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i forgive you for writing the article.
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Do you find yourself getting into fights about sensitive topics on Twitter or G+? Do you think people are more hostile on the Internet than they are in person? Do you think that Facebook could ever be a place where people could have healthy debates about politics or religion?

Come read my great interview with Joseph Grenny, co-author of the NYT best-selling book Crucial Conversations: Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High and co-investigator on a recent study of rising incivility on social media. We chat about why the Internet poses specific challenges for having healthy debates, and the structural changes that he believes would make for better intellectual disagreements online -- without all of the "unfriending."
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Can you predict which couples will divorce? With 93% accuracy? Just by observing 15 minutes of how they fight?

My latest at +Scientific American on Gottman's "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," the four behaviors that are considered toxic for relationships.

And of course, there are Kim Kardashian videos. Because why wouldn't there be?
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Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Social Psychology, 2009 - 2015
  • Duke University
    Psychology & Spanish, 2005 - 2009
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Female
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Melanie Hepler
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Social psychologist. Psych blogger. Pop Culture fiend.
Introduction
I hold a Ph.D. in Social Psychology (with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, I'm working as a freelance science writer and adjunct faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno teaching an upper-level writing-intensive class on the Social Psychology of Education (SOC 463/663).

I am certified in 7 group fitness formats, including Les Mills BodyFlow & BodyPump, Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Kids, and PiYo.

I live in Reno, NV with my husband Justin Hepler and our 2 crazy cats.
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Tough Mudder. Half-Marathoner. Psychology Ninja.
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Science Writer & Adjunct Faculty at UNR
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Writing, Public Speaking, Statistics, Social Psychology
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Reno, NV
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Champaign, IL - Durham, NC - Long Island, NY - Madrid, Spain