Blockchain explained: It builds trust when you need it most These days, we’re having a harder and harder time trusting each other.Trust is an essential part of ordinary living, whether it’s picking mechanics based on Yelp reviews, sliding credit cards … Continue reading What the heck is blockchain?
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 psychology of inequality In 2016, the highest-paid employee of the State of California was Jim Mora, the head coach of U.C.L.A.’s football team. (He has since been fired.) That year, Mora pulled in $3.58 million. Coming in second, with … Continue reading Does equity make us feel richer?
Why Words Matter: What Cognitive Science Says about Prohibiting Certain Terms The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is typically tasked with conducting critical science, and its myriad jobs include trying to prevent Zika-related birth defects and the spread … Continue reading Language and perception
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
New analysis suggests most Milgram participants realised the “obedience experiments” were not really dangerous Stanley Milgram’s experiments in the 1960s – in which ordinary volunteers followed a scientist’s instruction to give what they apparently thought was a deadly electric shock … Continue reading Engaged followership
Let’s Open Up About Addiction and Recovery Fay Zenoff recently met a friend for dinner at a sushi restaurant in Sausalito, Calif. After they were seated, a waitress asked if they’d like wine with dinner. Her friend ordered sake. Ms. … Continue reading Active addiction