The wisdom of psychology abstracts

23 Mar

I read a lot psychology abstracts, so I enjoyed this post on Neuroskeptic that compiles sentences culled from the abstracts. The problem for an abstract writer is:

“How do you make the commonplace sound like a scientific problem?

Well… it’s hard. Hard to do it without sounding like a cross between Spock and Captain Obvious.”

Here is one example:

“The social category “children” defines a group of individuals who are perceived to be distinct.”

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