Can You Be Blissfully Unaware of Your Own Stress? A few months ago, my mom told me a story that I didn’t quite know what to do with. At her most recent physical, when asked if she was stressed, she … Continue reading Stress is not a state of mind
Procrastinator’s brains are different than those who get things done Daydreaming is important — studies have repeatedly said as much — but maybe you shouldn’t daydream too much, as a recent study by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum has come to … Continue reading When the amygdala shrinks
There is no such thing as a computational person When our summer intern Daniel first joined the lab, he seemed terrified of MATLAB. And I can’t blame him — encountering a programming language in the wild is intimidating, especially when you sign … Continue reading Coding on the fly
Musical pleasures Can a melody provide us with pleasure? Plato certainly thought so, as do many today. But it’s incredibly difficult to discern just how this comes to pass. Is it something about the flow and shape of a tune … Continue reading Music and emotion
Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards As a science writer at The New Yorker, Maria Konnikova, 34, focuses on the brain, and the weird and interesting ways people use their brains. Dr. Konnikova is an experimental psychologist trained at Columbia University. … Continue reading The psychology of poker
Close friends become absorbed into our self-concept, affecting our ability to distinguish their faces from our own When we say that our close friends have become a part of us, we’re usually talking metaphorically. Yet prior research has shown there … Continue reading Face perception
The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of … Continue reading Are we hardwired to delude ourselves?