Why are we biased against people who look different?
Understanding the psychology of the human bias against facial anomalies can help in the design of interventions to educate the public about the social burdens shouldered by people who look different.
The (neuro)science of getting and staying motivated
There is no question that motivation is one of the hardest and yet most important factors in life. It's the difference between success and failure, goal setting and aimlessness, well-being and unhappiness. And yet, why is it so hard to get motivated—or even if we do, to keep it up?
Can artificial intelligence transform psychiatry?
Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, computers can now assist doctors in diagnosing disease and help monitor patient vital signs from hundreds of miles away. Currently researchers are working to apply machine learning to psychiatry, with a speech-based mobile app that can categorize a patient's mental health status as well as, or better than, a human can.
Brain networks more stable in intelligent individuals
New research ties IQ to brain functioning in areas of the brain connected with higher cognitive activity. Like the genetics of intelligence this is not amenable to “improvement” through education or training. You can train someone to use their IQ—or EQ or SQ—better or more creatively—but not increase it.
The future of mind control
Modern scientists are not immune from corruption in the pursuit of patents, funding or Nobel Prizes. Like genetic engineering, the excuse is always that “we can cure an illness or prevent a possible disability.” Soon enough, the desire to heal becomes the desire to self-enrich.
Does your environment raise or lower your IQ?
The debate about intelligence rages in academic circles and what is astounding is the increasing number of factors which seem to dictate both intelligence—in all its forms—and our ability to use it. This study began with a question of primary interest to neurogeneticists and found something fascinating in its broader implications.
Use of electrical brain stimulation to foster creativity has sweeping implications.
What is creativity, and can it be enhanced—safely—in a person who needs a boost of imagination? There is a growing use of electrical devices that stimulate brain tissue (for depression for example), and some experts believe there is potential value in the technique—despite a number of recent studies which have thrown doubt on the results. However, use of these machines also raises neuro-ethical, legal, and social issues that must be addressed.
The art of storytelling: why we relate to characters.
For thousands of years, humans have relied on storytelling to engage, to share emotions and to relate personal experiences. Now, psychologists are exploring mechanisms deep within the brain to better understand just what happens when we communicate.
We’re hardwired for envy.
A study on macaques by researchers at the US National Institute for Physiological Sciences has identified part of the brain that registers when another macaque receives a reward, showing that this affects the value we place on our own resources and rewards, thus providing an insight into the emotion of envy.
Genes are the key to success.
Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will need to succeed. A new study published in npj Science of Learning explains the substantial influence genes have on academic success, from the start of elementary school to the last day of high school.
The criminal, and unethical, brain is different
A new study shows a difference between how risk is cognitively processed by self-reported law-abiding citizens and self-reported lawbreakers, allowing researchers to better view and understand the criminal mind.
How people use, and lose, preexisting biases.
From love and politics to health and finances, humans mostly make decisions that appear irrational, or dictated by an existing bias or belief. But a new study uncovers a surprisingly rational feature of the human brain: A previously held bias can be set aside so that the brain can apply logical reasoning to the decision at hand. T
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