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
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
This Is Your Brain on Architecture Sarah Williams Goldhagen was the architecture critic for The New Republic for many years, a role she combined with teaching at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and elsewhere. She is an expert on … Continue reading Embodied cognition
The weird power of the placebo effect, explained Over the last several years, doctors noticed a mystifying trend: Fewer and fewer new pain drugs were getting through double-blind placebo control trials, the gold standard for testing a drug’s effectiveness. In … Continue reading Placebo in your brain