What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? The Chain of Office of the Dutch city of Leiden is a broad and colorful ceremonial necklace that, draped around the shoulders of Mayor Henri Lenferink, lends a magisterial air to official … Continue reading The quarantine of the placebo effect
Your native language affects what you can and can’t see The idea that the language that you speak influences how you think about and experience the world (the so-called Sapir-Whorf hypothesis) has a long and storied history. A lot of … Continue reading Colours and language
How the Brain Decides What to Learn In order to learn about the world, an animal needs to do more than just pay attention to its surroundings. It also needs to learn which sights, sounds and sensations in its environment … Continue reading The learning brain
The Neurobiology of Social Aggression Duke-NUS researchers have discovered that a growth factor protein, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and its receptor, tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB) affects social dominance in mice. The research has implications for understanding the neurobiology … Continue reading Brain and social hierarchies
What Are We Like? 10 Psychology Findings That Reveal The Worst Of Human Nature It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are we humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or deep down are we wired to … Continue reading Are we doomed?
“My-side bias” makes it difficult for us to see the logic in arguments we disagree with In what feels like an increasingly polarised world, trying to convince the “other side” to see things differently often feels futile. Psychology has done … Continue reading Opinions as facts
A long-overlooked brain region may be key to complex thought The ornately folded outer layer of the human brain, the cerebral cortex, has long received nearly all the credit for our ability to perform complex cognitive tasks such as composing … Continue reading The secrets of thalamus