Curiosity Daily Podcast: World of Warcraft Could Help Fight COVID-19, Social Rejection Can Fuel Creativity, and What Mouse Facial Expressions Teach Us About Emotion

Learn about how studying World of Warcraft helped researchers learn how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic; how scientists described mouse facial expressions for the first time; and how social rejection can fuel creativity.

May 20, 2020

Episode Show Notes:

Scientists studied a "pandemic" in World of Warcraft to learn how to fight a real virus by Grant Currin

Scientists have described mouse facial expressions for the first time by Steffie Drucker

In some people, social rejection can fuel creativity by Kelsey Donk

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