China’s Hottest Bachelors Are Animated Characters At 2 a.m., Ivy Deng’s iPhone pings. Her boyfriend is messaging her again. Bai Qi is a contemplative policeman, Deng’s favorite of the men she’s dated recently. Tomorrow morning, he’ll pick her up on … Continue reading Just a sexy voice
Knowing When Tech Does (and Doesn’t) Promote Positive Relationships Everyone’s worried about smartphones. Headlines like “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” and “Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain” paint a bleak picture of our smartphone addiction and its long-term consequences. … Continue reading The science of connection
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?
The elephant as a person Have you ever stood in a field full of cows? It’s obvious that they’re aware of one another, but in a minimal kind of way. They tend to stay loosely clumped together as they graze, … Continue reading Hypersociality
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
Why social exclusion is hard to change: A behavioral perspective There is a lot of discussion in the press lately about whether impediments to equality of opportunity remain after structural barriers have been removed. Political ideology often dominates these discussions. … Continue reading Socio-psychological barriers
Close friends become absorbed into our self-concept, affecting our ability to distinguish their faces from our own When we say that our close friends have become a part of us, we’re usually talking metaphorically. Yet prior research has shown there … Continue reading Face perception