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Ivana Kurecic (Shaidil) is a PhD student in quantum information theory, viola player, main organizer of the ICPS2015, and a juggling dilettante.
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I've been reading scientific literature on amusing topics - let me teach you what you didn't think you wanted to know here.

Post archive.

Does practice make perfect?

You've picked out something you want to get great at and you're practicing diligently? ... You're sure you know what you're doing? Taking a peek at the science of deliberate practice might help you not fail miserably! »

The fleeting advantage of being a narcissist and do nice guys finish last

Narcissism is one of those epithets nobody wants to earn — it's a character trait highly associated with vanity and egoism, brandished by the people we tell ourselves we would never think to consider as friends. But what does the observer know about the experiment they're in? It turns out narcissists are able to charm the socks off of anyone they meet — if they feel like it — but not more than that. Stick around for an overview of the narcissists' arsenal »

How to make a friend fast - the scientific method

What we know as human society is held together by interpersonal relationships – on one hand, it's the give-and-take equilibria between persons or social groups and the expectations of reciprocally beneficial behavior, and on the other, the feelings of closeness, trust, and personalistic self-disclosure. The study I'm about to present to you is something you have probably already seen floating around the internet, said to hold the key to forming close personal relationships in a few dozen carefully designed discussion questions. »

In science, you can either be funny or credible

The debate on the business of citation accumulation in scientific publishing is long and deep-rooted, but the science of citation accumulation – not so much. In this little post, I'm summarizing some of the interesting research done on the effect that titles have on the number of citations a scientific piece of text receives. This might be a good place to start the next time you're sending off your literary work of art into the world. Title type An analysis (Article »

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