It’s not just you. Time really does seem to fly by faster as we age When we were children, the summer holidays seemed to last forever, and the wait between Christmases felt like an eternity. So why is it that … Continue reading Time flies faster and faster every day
Everybody Loves Dopamine Dopamine is love. Dopamine is reward. Dopamine is addiction. Neuroscientists have a love/hate relationship with how this monoamine neurotransmitter is portrayed in the popular press. The word dopamine has become a shorthand for positive reinforcement, whether it’s … Continue reading Dopamine: reward or aversion?
Obesity Is Not Like Being “Addicted to Food” Is it possible to be “addicted” to food, much like an addiction to substances (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, opiates) or behaviors (gambling, shopping, Facebook)? An extensive and growing literature uses this terminology in … Continue reading Is food like crack?
Emotions Can Influence How We See Colors Literal associations between emotions and color abound. When we are depressed, for instance, we often talk about “feeling blue.” Emerging research suggests the associations we make between emotion and color may go beyond … Continue reading Does color perception depend on dopamine?
The Rise of Work-Doping If you could take a pill that will make you better at your job, with few or no negative consequences, would you do it? In a meta-analysis recently published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers from the University … Continue reading Is neuro-enhancement the future of work?
The Truth About Addiction: We’re All Junkies Now Isn’t it time we start telling the truth about addiction? What is that truth? That we are all addicts and all the time. For this to make sense, it helps to first understand that our ideas about addiction are built atop a deeper fallacy—the idea of normalcy—the notion that there is an unadulterated state of consciousness, a “normal” state where our interpretation of reality is accurate. There are a number of huge problems with this idea. First, we know that ‘consciousness’ is a vast reduction in information. No one is exactly sure … Continue reading Are we addicts all the time on the web?
11 Economic Lessons to Make You a Smarter Shopper For Black Friday The first and last rule of prices is that nobody knows what anything is worth. Shoppers are guided by shallow clues (“this is cheaper than that”) and latent emotions (“it feels like a good deal”) rather than knowledge and deliberate thinking. The discounts you’ll see Friday are an act of theater co-produced by retail stores and suppliers. A red cardigan sweater on sale for more than 40 percent off looks appealing at $39.99. But 40 percent off of what, exactly? “It was [probably] never meant to sell at … Continue reading Can you beat the retailers?