The Neurobiology of Social Aggression Duke-NUS researchers have discovered that a growth factor protein, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and its receptor, tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB) affects social dominance in mice. The research has implications for understanding the neurobiology … Continue reading Brain and social hierarchies
The power of negative thinking: why perceptions of immigration are resistant to facts The recent report from the Migration Advisory Committee confirms what all main research studies on the subject have consistently shown: the economic impacts of EU migration in … Continue reading Attitudes resistant to change
A long-overlooked brain region may be key to complex thought The ornately folded outer layer of the human brain, the cerebral cortex, has long received nearly all the credit for our ability to perform complex cognitive tasks such as composing … Continue reading The secrets of thalamus
Just Deserts Caruso: [Dan,] you have famously argued that freedom evolves and that humans, alone among the animals, have evolved minds that give us free will and moral responsibility. I, on the other hand, have argued that what we do … Continue reading Are you responsible for your actions?
A Bitter Soccer Rivalry Reveals What Bias Looks Like in the Brain Manchester United and Chelsea fans hated each other decades before polarization was a political buzzword. Now, as British society threatens to split at the seams, researchers are turning … Continue reading Group bias
Yes, the brain is a computer… Neuroscience is a funny discipline which can demand a level of interdisciplinary knowledge that is hard to achieve. At its heart, neuroscience is concerned with understanding the organ that is responsible for generating our … Continue reading Is everything a computer?
How Reliable Are the Memories of Sexual Assault Victims? Editorial note: If Jim Hopper had been permitted to provide his expert testimony at the September 27, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, these would have been his … Continue reading What our brain encodes