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Weather and Mood (06-02-10)

Huibers and his colleagues investigated the influences of meteorological conditions such as temperature, sunshine, and rain on seasonal variations in depression and sad feelings among a sample population living in the Netherlands.  

The Power of the Left (05-19-10)

Previous research has shown that when asked to divide horizontal lines in half, people place half-way marks closer to the left hand margin than is appropriate – which has implications, for example, for writing survey questions whose responses are marked on uncallibrated lines and for creating free hand sketches.