The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or are we, deep down, wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, … Continue reading Are we bad people?
What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? The Chain of Office of the Dutch city of Leiden is a broad and colorful ceremonial necklace that, draped around the shoulders of Mayor Henri Lenferink, lends a magisterial air to official … Continue reading The quarantine of the placebo effect
The Neuroscience of Hate Speech Do politicians’ words, the president’s especially, matter? Since he has been in office, President Trump has relentlessly demonized his political opponents as evil and belittled them as stupid. He has called undocumented immigrants animals. His … Continue reading Is rage everywhere these days?
Here’s Why You Can’t Stop Looking at Your Phone How many times have you looked at your phone in the last hour? What about in the last 10 minutes? If you’re like most, the answer is probably more than a … Continue reading What’s in a phone?
Belief in brain myths and child development myths continues even among those who’ve studied psychology Despite countless myth-busting articles online, dedicated bloggers like Neuroskeptic, and the publication of a recent book described by Ben Goldacre as “a masterful catalogue of … Continue reading The acceptance of myths
Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others? Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone—not just creative “geniuses” like Picasso and Steve … Continue reading The creativity in your brain
Sexual Violence is Horrible, But First Look at Causes Outside the Brain “At the brain level, empathy for social exclusion of personalized women recruited areas coding the affective component of pain (i.e., anterior insula and cingulate cortex), the somatosensory components … Continue reading The roots of sexual violence