A kid stealing candy in a convenience store grows up to be a convicted criminal. A husband who flirts with a coworker ends up as a serial cheater. A politician telling a few “white lies” to his or her constituents is eventually convicted of fraud. These are all extreme — but plausible — scenarios where dishonesty
You’re on your way to the traditional Thanksgiving family get-together. You drive down a familiar street, locate your familiar house, and park in a familiar spot. Thank you, hippocampus, for dutifully encoding Wisteria Drive, the light-blue colored Colonial house, and the parking spot next to the creepy oak tree almost twenty-eight years ago. I owe
We all know too much sugar is bad for us. But did you know that having unfettered access to sugar might produce brain changes similar to highly stressful situations, such as neglect or abuse? A recent study published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience comparing the effects of unlimited sugar availability and the effects of early
~ Which of these facts about your brain on music surprised you? 1. Music affects how we perceive things. 2. Listening to Mozart does not make you smarter. 3. Learning to play a musical instrument can improve other abilities. 4. Sometimes music can be really distracting! 5. Overall, music is probably good for our health. ~ “This is Your Brain on
“Do you know what you did yesterday?” asks the doctor. “No, I don’t,” responds the patient. “How about this morning?” “I don’t even remember that.” “Could you tell me what you had for lunch today?” “I don’t know, to tell you the truth.” “What do you think you’ll do tomorrow?” asks the doctor. “Whatever is
First impressions are pivotal. While reading another person’s cues, an abridged version of them forms as we draw on complex social inferences in merely seconds of interaction. That is, if they are human. What if they only resemble a human, but are incapable of inner experience or independent thought? Is it possible to truly form
One night, Mark withdraws $200 cash from an ATM. He is on his way to meet his family, and intends to treat everyone to a special dinner at his favorite restaurant for his wife’s birthday. Just as he finishes his transaction, Dan rounds the street corner, pulls out a knife, and threatens Mark to hand
~ Infographic courtesy of the team at A Winning Personality.
~ Text by Jillian L. Shaw, Anita Ramanathan, and Kate Fehlhaber. Images and infographic made by Jooyeun Lee.
Identifying safe or dangerous situations are essential for survival. A child may be fearful of crossing a road alone, but he will be completely relaxed while crossing the same road with his mom. The inability to discriminate between dangerous and safe situations produces responses that may lead to anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder (Pitman
What is it about a cold-hearted psychopath that intrigues us so? People who are known psychopathic serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy instill fear in us, but they also bring us some curiosity. Perhaps the fear stems from our inability to comprehend and identify with their actions and the motives that drive