Amy Orben: ‘To talk about smartphones affecting the brain is a slippery slope’ Amy Orben is a research fellow at Emmanuel College and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. She works in the field … Continue reading Smartphones in the brain
Every Place Is the Same Now Those old enough to remember video-rental stores will recall the crippling indecision that would overtake you while browsing their shelves. With so many options, any one seemed unappealing, or insufficient. In a group, different … Continue reading Blockbuster is dead
Stop screens from taking over your life If you’ve ever opened Instagram, blinked, then realized two hours had somehow passed, you’re not alone. The addictive nature of technology is one of the stresses of modernity, and it’s common for people … Continue reading Screen are here to stay
The Countries That Store the Most (and Least) Photos on Their Phones Twenty years ago, people mostly took photos that were carefully timed and staged. Today, with gigabytes of storage on our phones, we snap continuously and without worry. Since … Continue reading Storing memories
Social Media Has Not Destroyed A Generation It was the headlines that most upset Amy Orben. In 2017, when she was a graduate student in experimental psychology at the University of Oxford researching how social media influences communication, alarming articles … Continue reading The power of mindset
Talk to People on the Telephone In the past year, I’ve been on a mission to pester as many people in my life as possible. The first victim was my editor, whom I abruptly asked one morning to stop messaging … Continue reading Quick or complex communication?
A Behavioral Economist Tries to Fix Email Can anything be done to make people happier with their jobs? What can prevent people from overeating? Will people like beer with balsamic vinegar in it just because they’ve been told it contains … Continue reading A long shot