Why Are These Mice Hallucinating? Scientists Are in Their Heads In a laboratory at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the mice are seeing things. And it’s not because they’ve been given drugs. With new laser technology, scientists have triggered … Continue reading Mouse’s visual hallucinations
People Have A Hard-To-Explain Bias Against Experimental Testing of Policies And Interventions, Preferring Just To See Them Implemented Randomised experiments (also known as A/B testing) are an absolutely critical tool for evaluating everything from online marketing campaigns to new pharmaceutical … Continue reading Randomised tests make sense
You Don’t Want to Be a Human Guinea Pig? That’s Unfortunate Human beings really don’t like to be guinea pigs. Many people are inclined to rebel if they learn that they are in some kind of experiment. For private companies … Continue reading The morality of randomized experiments
The Helmet That ‘Resets’ Your Brain The past two weeks have been frenetic for Bre Hushaw, who is now known to millions of people as the girl in the depression helmet. Hushaw has been hearing from people all around the … Continue reading Shocking the brain
Good News For Science, Bad News For Humanity Psychology’s replication crisis receives a lot of airtime, with plenty of examples of failed replications and methodological issues that cast doubt on past research findings. But there is also good news: several … Continue reading The bias blind spot
When Cash Is Not the Best Thank You Assume you are going to a friend’s home for dinner. Having had no time to pick up a bottle of wine, instead you give your host $30. Nobel laureate Alvin Roth calls … Continue reading Repugnant transactions
Your Dog Feels as Guilty as She Looks Uniquely human emotions don’t exist. More and more, I believe that we share all emotions with other species in the same way that we share virtually every organ in our bodies with … Continue reading Are we animals?