Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted … Continue reading Looking at screens
This is your brain on art If you think about it, having a great time at the theater defies logic in many ways. We’re surrounded by strangers, bombarded with unusual images and often faced with a wordless language of symbols. … Continue reading Entertained in a crowd
The Right Music Can Change How Your Date Sees You, Say Scientists Male musicians somehow always get the girl, and live concerts always seem to be great settings to spark romance. Recently, researchers uncovered new insights into why that always … Continue reading Is music a core human experience?
What You Need to Know About a Leprechaun, Your Brain, and Learning I once heard a funny story about a leprechaun. It was told by Sanjay Sarma, a professor of mechanical engineering and the Vice President for Open Learning at … Continue reading The story of the little leprechaun
How short-term increases in testosterone change men’s thinking style The hot-headed “macho man”, who acts first and thinks later, has long been popular in movies. Now there’s psychological evidence to support it. A new study in the Psychological Science finds … Continue reading The macho man
Two Distinct Brain Regions Have Independent Influence on Decision-Making Often when we make a decision, we calculate its “expected value,” by multiplying the value of something (how much we want or need it) with the probability that we might be … Continue reading Brain specializations
Unraveling the hidden systems of the brain If no one has any strenuous objections, I’d like to tell you about some work we’ve just had published. Oh, you do? OK, read this instead: it’s an alleged academic miserably failing to … Continue reading The hidden brain