We are witnessing a renaissance in psychology There’s been a lot of talk of the crisis in psychology. For decades, and often with the best of intentions, researchers have engaged in practices that have made it likely their results are … Continue reading Psychology is not in crisis?
The Loneliest Neuron There it lives, the loneliest neuron. The neuron that lies furthest from the outside world. Furthest from the inputs from your senses; furthest from the outputs to your muscles. It will never know the taste of a … Continue reading Brain building
Start-Ups Use Technology to Redesign the Hiring Process Iris Bohnet, a behavioral economist and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, spoke to the founders of two behavioral design start-ups, Kate Glazebrook of Applied and Frida Polli of Pymetrics, for the … Continue reading Algorithms for hiring
Reciprocation Bias If you are like me, whenever receiving a favor, you too feel an immense need, almost an obligation, to pay it back in kind. If a friend invites you over for dinner, you are almost sure to invite … Continue reading The reciprocity tendency
Some limits on interpreting causality in neuroscience experiments Causality is the killer test for science. And nowhere is causality more elusive than in neuroscience. We want answers to seemingly simple questions. Does the activity of neuron “Alice” cause behaviour “Boris”? … Continue reading The supernatural in your brain
The Law’s Emotion Problem In the 1992 Supreme Court case Riggins v. Nevada, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy acknowledged — perhaps unwittingly — that our legal system relies on a particular theory of the emotions. The court had ruled that a … Continue reading Mind in the eyes
How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners It’s a good time to be interested in the brain. Neuroscientists can now turn neurons on or off with just a flash of light, allowing them to manipulate the behavior of animals … Continue reading Behavior first