Irej Bashir

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What Motivates Employees More: Rewards or Punishments?

The 18th-century polymath Jeremy Bentham once wrote, “Pain and pleasure govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think.” Modern neuroscience strongly supports Bentham’s intuition. The brain’s limbic system, which is important for emotion and motivation, projects to the rest of the brain, …

Can We Identify Psychopathy in a Young Child?

It’s always comforting to think that people can change if they’re given the right conditions. If, as the philosopher John Locke suggested, we are all …

Psychology

Why do some of us find it easier to forgive? Neuroscience sheds light

Whether we condemn the villain in a movie or feel that somebody has wronged us personally, many of us make moral judgments on a daily basis. From a …

Psychology

Alzheimer's Disease: A Case For Combination Therapy

I was recently given the opportunity to evaluate the drugs and natural products in clinical trials for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The bad …

SSM: How cognitive ability shapes attitudes on equal rights for same-sex couples

Recently, Alice Campbell and I revealed the demographic traits associated with people expressing support for equal rights for same-sex couples using …

Motor Skills, Movement, and Math Performance Are Intertwined

Learning mathematics while engaging the full body through physical movement can improve math performance for first graders, according to a new study …