How to Make a Big Decision In July 1838, Charles Darwin, then 29, sat down to make a decision that would alter the course of his life. The decision he was wrestling with was not related to scientific questions about … Continue reading Imaginative leaps
There is no such thing as a computational person When our summer intern Daniel first joined the lab, he seemed terrified of MATLAB. And I can’t blame him — encountering a programming language in the wild is intimidating, especially when you sign … Continue reading Coding on the fly
Beyond the invisible gorilla – inattention can also render us numb and anosmic (without smell) It’s well-known that we can miss apparently obvious objects in our visual field if other events are hogging our limited attention. The same has been … Continue reading Inattentional effects
Caffeine causes widespread brain entropy (and that’s a good thing) neighbours chatting over the garden fence. This is a vital part of brain function. Increasingly however neuroscientists are zooming out and studying the information processing that happens within and between … Continue reading The better tonic
Walking in another’s virtual shoes: Do 360-degree video news stories generate empathy in viewers? Does immersion yield empathy? The aim of this report is to address the question of whether news media—in this instance, short-form journalistic stories—presented in a 360-degree … Continue reading Empathetic responses
Why you stink at fact-checking Here’s a quick quiz for you: In the biblical story, what was Jonah swallowed by? How many animals of each kind did Moses take on the Ark? Did you answer “whale” to the first question … Continue reading Fact-checking is not for all
How to Cope When Debt Damages Your Mental Health So much writing about personal finance focuses on the basics, like sticking to a budget or paying off debt. The emotional toll of money, however, is often missing from the conversation. … Continue reading How do you feel about debt?