Curiosity Daily Podcast: How to Make the Most of Your Negativity Bias (w/ John Tierney)

Learn about two new neuroscience studies that show why birds are so dang smart. Then science writer John Tierney will talk negativity bias and how you can use it to your own benefit.

November 03, 2020

Episode Show Notes:

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Two new bird-brain studies show why birds are so smart by Grant Currin

Additional resources from science writer John Tierney:

  • Pick up "The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It" on Amazon
  • John Tierney on Twitter
  • John Tierney on the New York Times

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