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?
What Counts As Altruism? People Judge Good Acts Harshly When They Are Performed For Selfish Ends Philosophers have long debated what constitutes genuine altruism. Some have argued that any acts, no matter however charitable, that benefit both the actor as … Continue reading Prosocial acts
Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition A red structure with cages on its roof rises three stories above the labyrinth of neon-lit stalls and narrow alleyways, its top floor emblazoned with two words: birds hospital. On a hot day last … Continue reading Are animals conscious?