Simply Imagining Other People Can Change Our Own Sense Of Self So begins a new paper, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, which reveals that who you “are” can easily be manipulated. Just imagining somebody else can alter all … Continue reading Who we really are
What do mirror tests test? When our collie, Buckaroo, was four months old, he began barking at his reflection in our glass patio door every evening, doing his best to alert us to this unknown, bold little pup outside. Of … Continue reading Animal self-awareness
‘Outlandish’ competition seeks the brain’s source of consciousness Brain scientists can watch neurons fire and communicate. They can map how brain regions light up during sensation, decision-making, and speech. What they can’t explain is how all this activity gives rise … Continue reading Does consciousness exist?
Consciousness Doesn’t Depend on Language The contrast could not have been starker—here was one of the world’s most revered figures, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, expressing his belief that all life is sentient, while I, as a card-carrying neuroscientist, … Continue reading The Feeling of Life
Are You a Takeoffs or Landings Person? One morning this spring, I drove past the quiet municipal airport in Pittsfield, Mass. I couldn’t stop myself from slowing down and smiling as I looked out on the place where, nearly 30 … Continue reading Landing vs. takeoff
Twitter Needs a Pause Button As a shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand, set about massacring dozens of worshippers at two mosques on March 15, his body cam beamed live footage to social media. Soon after, Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of … Continue reading How to tone down social hostility
When Trolls and Crybullies Rule the Earth Over the past several years, teenage suicide rates have spiked horrifically. Depression rates are surging and America’s mental health over all is deteriorating. What’s going on? My answer starts with technology but is … Continue reading Attention-oriented life