Here’s Your Cheat Sheet to Happiness Professor Laurie Santos didn’t set out to create the most popular course in the history of Yale University and the most talked-about college course in America. She just wanted her students to be happy. … Continue reading Are you that happy?
Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused Purdue Pharma, the company that planted the seeds of the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin, has long claimed it was unaware of the powerful opioid … Continue reading Addiction and abuse
Distinct from intelligence or working memory, your “perceptual capacity” predicts how susceptible you are to inattentional blindness (or missing the gorilla in the room) It’s well-known that we can easily miss objects in our environment that are outside the focus … Continue reading Detection without attention
Starbucks and the Issue of White Space Elijah Anderson, a professor of sociology and African-American studies at Yale, has spent much of his career exploring the dynamics of African-American life in mostly black urban environments. Three years ago, however, he … Continue reading Racial bias training
Your company’s plan to close the gender pay gap probably won’t work Forget about unconscious bias or diversity training for managers, there’s no evidence they will lead to more women getting hired or promoted. Having more women on selection panels … Continue reading Experiments for gender equality
Would You Go to a Republican Doctor? Suppose you need to see a dermatologist. Your friend recommends a doctor, explaining that “she trained at the best hospital in the country and is regarded as one of the top dermatologists in … Continue reading Choice on one dimension
What counts as “memory” and who gets to define it? A new paper by Bédécarrats et al. (2018) is the latest entry into the iconoclastic hullabaloo claiming a non-synaptic basis for learning and memory. In short, “RNA extracted from the … Continue reading Where memory comes from