The theory of mind myth Following a mass shooting, the gunman’s next-door neighbours are stunned, and tell reporters that he was a good, kind man. Meanwhile, former classmates and co-workers describe him as a ticking time bomb. Pundits attribute Donald … Continue reading Distinguishing from others
Distinct from intelligence or working memory, your “perceptual capacity” predicts how susceptible you are to inattentional blindness (or missing the gorilla in the room) It’s well-known that we can easily miss objects in our environment that are outside the focus … Continue reading Detection without attention
A radical new theory proposes that facial expressions are not emotional displays, but “tools for social influence” You’re at a ten-pin bowling alley with some friends, you bowl your first ball – and it’s a strike. Do you instantly grin … Continue reading Basic emotions
Compliment a woman’s looks, lower her math Educators continue to be perplexed by the ongoing gender gap in mathematics. Young women tend to perform less well than men on high-level math tests, which discourages them from pursuing further study in … Continue reading The cons of compliments
What does this part of brain do? As you start reading these few lines you are engaging in a wide range of mental tasks, from reading the title sentence, to evaluating the option of further reading, maybe you visually screen … Continue reading Behavior in the brain
How To Become A Centaur Garry cringed, like someone just spit in his breakfast. Pawn to f5. Blue remained silent, like it just spit in someone else’s breakfast. Rook to e7: taking Garry’s queen. This was Game 6, but Garry … Continue reading Living with AI
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?