Visualizing Specific Impacts of Climate Change Could Change Behavior Many people view climate change as a distant, abstract threat. But having them imagine the tangible consequences of resulting droughts or floods may help shift this perception and encourage proenvironmental behavior, … Continue reading Flooding the Senses
Green number plates ‘could boost sales of electric cars’ in UK Electric and other ultra-low emission cars, vans and taxis could be given special green number plates to boost awareness and increase the use of environmentally “clean” driving. Green plates … Continue reading Clean vehicles
The “experiential advantage” is not universal – the less well-off get equal or more happiness from buying things Being rich(er) may not guarantee happiness, as shown by ample evidence from the social sciences, but there are ways of spending money … Continue reading Experiential happiness
The Way We Process Risks Can Keep Us in Harm’s Way With massive wildfires terrorizing the West Coast and communities along the Gulf and Caribbean bracing for peak hurricane season, Americans once again have natural disasters on their minds. As … Continue reading How you respond to risk
To Make Sense of the Present, Brains May Predict the Future Last month, the artificial intelligence company DeepMind introduced new software that can take a single image of a few objects in a virtual room and, without human guidance, infer … Continue reading Is perception a controlled hallucination?
Distinct from intelligence or working memory, your “perceptual capacity” predicts how susceptible you are to inattentional blindness (or missing the gorilla in the room) It’s well-known that we can easily miss objects in our environment that are outside the focus … Continue reading Detection without attention
How your mindset determines your health If your New Year’s exercise regime has already failed, try not to focus on all the workouts you should have done. New research has revealed a surprising connection between people’s beliefs and their health: … Continue reading Perception of exercise