Matt Pinckley

41 Flips | 6 Magazines | 2 Followers | @Pinck | The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others. - J. Locke

The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath

One afternoon in October 2005, neuroscientist James Fallon was looking at brain scans of serial killers. As part of a research project at UC Irvine, …

The Innovation of Loneliness

Do Our Brains Find Certain Shapes More Attractive Than Others?

A century ago, a British art critic by the name of Clive Bell attempted to explain what makes art, well, art. He postulated that there is a …

Today I Found Out

Extreme Sports

Do We Live in the Matrix?

In the 1999 sci-fi film classic <i>The Matrix</i>, the protagonist, Neo, is stunned to see people defying the laws of physics, running up walls and vanishing …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

Crawling: A New Evolutionary Trick?

You have to crawl before you walk… unless you don’t. While crawling is considered a major developmental milestone in most western countries, the ability to scoot on the ground isn’t a common practice everywhere – and it’s likely a new evolutionary invention.<p>That’s what David Tracer, anthropologist …

Siblings

Inside the Cheater’s Mind

A few years ago, acting on a tip, school administrators at Great Neck North High School, a prominent, academically competitive public school in Long Island, took a closer look at students’ standardized test scores. Some of them seemed suspiciously high. What’s more, some of the high scorers had …

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.<p>“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, …

The Smarter You Are, The Stupider You Are

Education is necessary if democracy is to flourish. What good is the free flow of information if people can't make sense of it? How can you vote your own interests if you don't understand the consequences of policy choices? How can you know what's best for you or your community?<p>A recent study by …

The Unlikely Network at the Core of Your Brain's Internet

To successfully send a text message, your brain has to compose the wording and coordinate the deft tapping of your thumbs while checking for typos. …

Seeing In The Pitch-Dark Is All In Your Head

A few years ago, cognitive scientist Duje Tadin and his colleague Randolph Blake decided to test blindfolds for an experiment they were cooking up.<p>They wanted an industrial-strength blindfold to make sure volunteers for their work wouldn't be able to see a thing. "We basically got the best …

Trouble at the lab

“I SEE a train wreck looming,” warned Daniel Kahneman, an eminent psychologist, in an open letter last year. The premonition concerned research on a …

Clinical Trials

Notes | We just set our salaries by... voting?

The fun (and terrifying) thing about running a company is that you're allowed to do... <i>anything</i>.<p>Well, any <i>legal</i> thing.<p>Within the boundaries of the law, …

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

I, Pencil: The Movie

Fighting for your passion - Inside Look at what I do for a living

Fighting

23 Signs You're Secretly a Narcissist Masquerading as a Sensitive Introvert

If I see one more listicle about introversion, I'm going to cry.<p>It started out with the fairly reasonable "31 Unmistakable Signs That You're An …

The Paradigm Shift

Often times, we come to conclusions on very little factual information. Most of our opinions and conclusions come from the feelings we get, not from …

Donkeys, Fishing Poles, and Education.

The world class understands the difference between having and being. The word educate comes from the Latin word 'educo' meaning to educe, to draw …

Goal Setting For 2013

Hello Friends. <br>The time of year has come that we recognize our accomplishments, raise our standards, and prepare to reach for greater heights. If you …

Passion, forget what you think it is.

Passion is tricky.<p>It seems that so many coaches and self help gurus toss the idea around as if it is easy to discover, easy to cultivate, and easy to …