To Make Sense of the Present, Brains May Predict the Future Last month, the artificial intelligence company DeepMind introduced new software that can take a single image of a few objects in a virtual room and, without human guidance, infer … Continue reading Is perception a controlled hallucination?
Psychologists are trying to figure out why we don’t go to sleep (even when we want to) You know the feeling. It’s late and you were supposed to be asleep 20 minutes ago. But Netflix calls. Or the new Stephen … Continue reading Bedtime procrastination
Beware of the Perils of Confirmation Bias What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact.” — Warren Buffett. Charlie: If you’re like me you’ve often been mystified by … Continue reading Prisoners of biases
When to flee. How your brain works out when to be afraid At what point do you turn tail and flee? A shadow falls across you. A shadow of a large man. A close man, panting heavily. A shadow of a … Continue reading It’s time to run
Open-plan offices drive down face-to-face interactions and increase use of email As well as their cost-saving appeal, the rationale for large open-plan offices is that they are expected to act as a crucible for human chemistry, increasing face-to-face encounters between … Continue reading Drawbacks of open-plan workplaces
World Cup Strategy and the Psychology of Success Can the study of the psychology of success help the England soccer team decide how to play against Belgium? Currently, in the World Cup, England appears to be on a “winning streak,” … Continue reading The momentum advantage
The Neuroscience of Pain On a foggy February morning in Oxford, England, I arrived at the John Radcliffe Hospital, a shiplike nineteen-seventies complex moored on a hill east of the city center, for the express purpose of being hurt. I … Continue reading The queen of pain