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Stories by Allie Wilkinson

Don Corleone: Not a Nice Guy but No Psychopath

Mafiosi incarcerated in Italy scored lower than the threshold level for psychopathy on a standard test whereas half the run-of-the-mill inmates qualified as psychopaths. Allie Wilkinson reports


May 21, 2014 — Allie Wilkinson
Rare Skin Disorder Gets Crude Media Treatment

Rare Skin Disorder Gets Crude Media Treatment

Former basketball star Shaquille O'Neal recently apologized for an episode of cyber-bullying after he posted a photo to Instagram mocking Jahmel Binion, a 23-year-old affected by ectodermal dysplasia...

May 20, 2014 — Allie Wilkinson

Celebrity Auction Prices Depend on Contact and Character

The magical thinking concept of contagion, the transfer of essence through objects, comes into play at celebrity auctions, where items that were in close physical contact with the celeb fetch bigger bucks than other goods they owned...

March 4, 2014 — Allie Wilkinson

Move to Greener Urban Area Helps Happiness

In the year after people moved from less green to greener urban spaces, they experienced a significant boost in mental health markers such as mood and confidence. Allie Wilkinson reports...

February 24, 2014 — Allie Wilkinson

Hole-y Phobia May Have Evolutionary Origins

Images that induce trypophobia, the fear of holes, share visual features with images of certain venomous animals, implying that the aversion has an evolutionary basis. Allie Wilkinson reports...

February 18, 2014 — Allie Wilkinson

Multiple Stresses Killed Snail Memory

When pond snails, a model organism used in memory research, faced multiple stressors simultaneously, it forgot a behavior it had trained for. Allie Wilkinson reports.


February 13, 2014 — Allie Wilkinson

Global Warming Freezes Penguin Chicks

More rain related to a warming climate soaks Magellanic penguin chicks to the skin before their waterproof feathers grow in, killing them from hypothermia. Allie Wilkinson reports

February 9, 2014 — Allie Wilkinson

Seafood at risk: Dispersed oil poses a long-term threat

The two-hour drive from New Orleans to Venice, La., is like cutting into a slice of apple pie—it’s as American as it gets. Busy streets and high-rise buildings give way to farms, fields, and wetlands, in the perfect picture of rural, small-town America...

April 20, 2011 — Allie Wilkinson
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