‘What Do You Think Is the Most Important Problem Facing This Country Today?’ Since the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Gallup polling organization has asked Americans an open-ended question: “What do you think is the most important problem facing … Continue reading The American consciousness
Primal fear can blinker our decisions, even in elections Few researchers in the history of psychology are as controversial as Harry Harlow. His most famous experiment was to socially isolate infant rhesus monkeys and give them a choice between two … Continue reading Fear won
Inside Psychology’s ‘Methodological Terrorism’ Debate It isn’t every day that an academic researcher publicly compares some of her colleagues to terrorists, so it’s probably no surprise that what happened last month sparked a heated debate. That’s when a draft version … Continue reading Is methodological terrorism out there?
The investor psychology and why VCs aren’t immune One of the most oft-repeated quotes about investing goes something like this: Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. While Warren Buffett may not have had venture … Continue reading The fear of missing out
How The Brain Distinguishes Safety From Danger Researchers at Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have identified a cellular circuit that helps the mouse brain to … Continue reading Contextual memories make you anxious
‘Run, Hide, Fight’ Is Not How Our Brains Work In this age of terror, we struggle to figure out how to protect ourselves — especially, of late, from active shooters. One suggestion, promoted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and … Continue reading Our frozen mind
How Terror Hardens Us We Americans are living through a dread-inducing age — of school shootings and suicide bombers, of racist terror and mass murder, of enemies who broadcast terrifying pronouncements against us. We are not used to living with … Continue reading Why terrorism strengthens our biases