Why Words Matter: What Cognitive Science Says about Prohibiting Certain Terms The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is typically tasked with conducting critical science, and its myriad jobs include trying to prevent Zika-related birth defects and the spread … Continue reading Language and perception
Policy shouldn’t rely on economic theory, but on data about actual human behavior The tax overhaul bill before Congress has a professed rationale that rests on economic theory. As neuroscientists who study decision making, we would like to raise a … Continue reading Truly rational policy
The Tax Bill Avoids this Planning Fallacy (for Now) As the proposed congressional tax bill has taken shape, there has been (and continues to be) much speculation about what the final bill will look like. The proposal passed by the … Continue reading Are you prepared for retirement?
Mass hysteria may explain ‘sonic attacks’ in Cuba, say top neurologists Senior neurologists have suggested that a spate of mysterious ailments among US diplomats in Cuba – which has caused a diplomat rift between the two countries – could have … Continue reading Psychogenic facts
The Trump-Goldfinger Illusion Remember the duck-rabbit illusion? It can be seen both as a duck and as a rabbit. If you first see it as a duck and later notice that it can also be seen as a rabbit, your … Continue reading It all starts with perception
Deregulation of Air-Safety Rules Can Be a Model The Trump administration has a real opportunity to deliver on its promise to streamline the regulatory state. That opportunity comes from the proposed elimination of more than 50 regulations imposed on the … Continue reading To Deregulate, or Not
The power of framing: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it In March 2016, before Trump was selected as the Republican nominee, cognitive scientist George Lakoff was already concerned about the emerging Trump phenomenon. So he wrote … Continue reading Don’t think of an elephant