Tate Williams

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How my computer crisis was like a predator attack

Having never experienced a true computer emergency, it’s been easy to consider myself immune from them. It’s like how I had never missed a flight until I was almost 30, and thought I had some kind of superpower. But once [...]

October 3, 2012 Blog, Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Where do those songs stuck in your head come from? Everywhere.

Even something as tuneless as reading a psychology research paper can get a song stuck in your head. In my case, it was “Mistaken for Strangers” by The National, which has a quirky drumbeat that is particularly sticky. It’s like, [...]

June 2, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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Online daters lie on their profiles, but their hearts are in the right place

When singles sit down to create their profiles on Match.com or OkCupid, they have but a mouse and keyboard to answer a philosophically weighty question — Who am I? Not only that, but why would someone else love me? They [...]

March 5, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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Wealthy are more likely to cheat, lie, be jerks in traffic

People in Cadillac Escalades are more likely cut off pedestrians. Those with bigger bank accounts will lie to win cash prizes. And bejeweled fingers will steal candy from the mouths of children. Ok, so a slight exaggeration, but members of [...]

February 27, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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Blogger hacked his brain’s perception of time

Matt Danzico has concluded that he lived 14 hours, 43 minutes and 29 seconds more than everyone else in 2011. That’s about two-and-a-half minutes of extra perceived life each day. If you buy into the premise of the amateur self-experimentation [...]

February 16, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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You’re wrong about your favorite team

Sports fans may owe the referees of the world an apology. In fact, a lot of us may owe a lot of people apologies. A recent study suggests that the outrage behind a “bad call,” and the all-too-common dead certainty [...]

February 3, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
Stress can fool our memories, study finds

Stress can fool our memories, study finds

Originally published in The Arizona Daily Star, 2000 Tate Williams Stress muddles memories, according to a UA study that raises doubts about eyewitness testimony in criminal cases. Results of a standard word-memory experiment suggest that stress increases the likelihood that people will [...]

October 29, 2011 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing