Researchers Explore A “Striking Phenomenon” In Young Children’s Thinking – Their Denial That Improbable Events Are Possible Sure, it’s unlikely that a girl would ride a hippo or that a boy would drink onion juice, but as adults, we know … Continue reading Thinking about distant lands
The Art of Decision-Making In July of 1838, Charles Darwin was twenty-nine years old and single. Two years earlier, he had returned from his voyage aboard H.M.S. Beagle with the observations that would eventually form the basis of “On the … Continue reading Choose wisely
Half of the people who think they have food allergies actually don’t Food allergies can be confusing to figure out. Once a food item has wrecked havoc on any part of your body, whether its an itchy rash or a … Continue reading Are you food intolerant?
An Anthropologist Investigates How We Think About How We Think One afternoon several years ago, Emily Martin, a professor emerita of anthropology at N.Y.U., filled out a personality questionnaire through an app on Facebook called This Is Your Digital Life. … Continue reading Ethnography in the field
You make decisions quicker and based on less information than you think We live in an age of information. In theory, we can learn everything about anyone or anything at the touch of a button. All this information should allow … Continue reading The rush to judgment
The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or are we, deep down, wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, … Continue reading Are we bad people?
How Political Opinions Change Our political opinions and attitudes are an important part of who we are and how we construct our identities. Hence, if I ask your opinion on health care, you will not only share it with me, … Continue reading How flexible we are