We are witnessing a renaissance in psychology There’s been a lot of talk of the crisis in psychology. For decades, and often with the best of intentions, researchers have engaged in practices that have made it likely their results are … Continue reading Psychology is not in crisis?
How to defend against your own mind When it comes to some of the most important decisions we make — how much to bid for a house, the right person to hire, or how to plan for the future — … Continue reading Exploring biases
Pretending to be Batman helps kids stay on task Do their homework or reach over there for the iPad and dive into a world of games? It’s the ever-present dilemma facing young children today. Here’s a simple technique that could … Continue reading Self-immersed in the lab
The Power of Watching Yourself Eat I know why I sometimes eat too many brownies. They taste great! The same goes, of course, for a whole slew of desserts—I love strawberry rhubarb pie, and I never say no to a … Continue reading The power of mirrors
Two Distinct Brain Regions Have Independent Influence on Decision-Making Often when we make a decision, we calculate its “expected value,” by multiplying the value of something (how much we want or need it) with the probability that we might be … Continue reading Brain specializations
Unraveling the hidden systems of the brain If no one has any strenuous objections, I’d like to tell you about some work we’ve just had published. Oh, you do? OK, read this instead: it’s an alleged academic miserably failing to … Continue reading The hidden brain
When Are You Really Random? After Age 24 The ability to behave randomly can be a great asset. Think of the mouse trying to outrun a cat — moving in an erratic, unpredictable way makes it harder to catch. In … Continue reading Are you good at random tasks?