How we decide who and what we care about – and whether robots stand a chance When psychologists talk about a “moral circle” they are referring to how far we extend our moral consideration towards others. That is, whether we … Continue reading Why moral circles matter
Local links run the world We live enmeshed in networks. The internet, a society, a body, an ant colony, a tumour: they are all networks of interactions, among people, ants or cells – aggregates of nodes or locations linked by … Continue reading Without central control
What Is “Social Priming”? “Social priming” has recently been one of the most controversial topics in psychological science. With failures to replicate proliferating, the field has been called a train-wreck. But what exactly is it? Here’s how I defined social … Continue reading Priming a stereotype
Something we could use a little more of – studies link intellectual humility with openness to other viewpoints Early in 2018, the default reaction to encountering someone who disagrees with you is to place your fingers in your ears. The … Continue reading A little more humility
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
The Weaponization of Awkwardness Young women say yes to sex they don’t actually want to have all of the time. Why? Because we condition young women to feel guilty if they change their mind.” That was the writer Ella Dawson, … Continue reading The status quo of social discomfort
Brag Wisely In early 2016, Princeton University professor Johannes Haushofer posted a “CV of failures” on his professional website. In the document, he posted a long list of positions, grants, and awards that he had applied for and been rejected … Continue reading Do you hide your failures?