People Are Naturally Good, but Groups Are Not (Really) Are people naturally good or bad? This big question is one that inspired me to pursue a career in psychology and conduct research on trust and human cooperation. I have come … Continue reading Intergroup conflicts
Can You Really Be Addicted to Video Games? Charlie Bracke can’t remember a time when he wasn’t into video games. When he was 5, he loved playing Wolfenstein 3D, a crude, cartoonish computer game in which a player tries to … Continue reading Compulsion for games
Addressing the Academic Arms Race This week, Lisa Feldman Barrett, President of the Association for Psychological Science, released a brief opinion piece on the “arms race” in academic publications. I found myself nodding along throughout the piece, as she described … Continue reading Strong inference
Rafael Nadal Is Playing Mind Games With You When you think of Rafael Nadal, you might think of a player who hits balls with hellacious topspin and grinds out points on clay. His RPMs and his sweat grab the glory. … Continue reading Nadal’s behavioral tricks
Neuroscience proves Nietzsche right: some people are wired to be more spontaneous than others “Why can’t you just relax into it?” is a question many of us have asked in frustration with ourselves or others – be it on the … Continue reading The competitive brain
Does Capitalism Kill Cooperation? One of the chief reasons I became an advocate of the Cultural Multilevel Selection (CMLS) theory is that it wonderfully clarifies the relationship between competition and cooperation. Competition between groups (up to whole societies) fosters within-group … Continue reading Extra-rational motives in business?
These Are The Pre-match Emotional Control Strategies That Higher-ranked Table Tennis Players Use More Than Lower-ranked Players In contact sports like boxing and rugby you can use your pre-match nerves to fuel your determination, speed and aggression. In contrast, in … Continue reading Emotional regulation