A Bitter Soccer Rivalry Reveals What Bias Looks Like in the Brain Manchester United and Chelsea fans hated each other decades before polarization was a political buzzword. Now, as British society threatens to split at the seams, researchers are turning … Continue reading Group bias
Here’s Why You Can’t Stop Looking at Your Phone How many times have you looked at your phone in the last hour? What about in the last 10 minutes? If you’re like most, the answer is probably more than a … Continue reading What’s in a phone?
The Dope on Dopamine For the past several decades scientists have been investigating possible connections between ADHD and one of the main chemical messengers in the brain, dopamine. Scientists noticed that medications that work for ADHD all lead to increases … Continue reading Dopamine signaling
AI Psychosis We have fragile minds. Disorders of thought affect a large proportion of the population of rich countries at any one time; each person in these countries has an uncomfortably high probability of having at least one of these … Continue reading The fragility of brain
Has dopamine got us hooked on tech? In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to unite us, but to distract us. “The thought process … Continue reading The power of dopamine
How maths helps us understand why music moves people Music is known to provoke the senses, give pleasure and sometimes move people to tears. Surely this has little to do with mathematical models which are so frequently associated with cold … Continue reading The ephemeral experience of music
Is video game addiction a real thing? It’s certainly common to hear parents complain that their children are “addicted” to video games. Some researchers even claim that these games are comparable to illegal drugs in terms of their influence on … Continue reading Gaming is not addictive