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Is evolutionary psychology a deeply flawed enterprise?

We were discussing the field of evolutionary psychology at our local cafe scientific meeting last week. The discussion was prompted by watching a …

Why people are wired to believe what they want to believe

<b>And what we can do about that</b><p>When thinking about the current political moment, it’s important to remember that as human beings we’re wired to …

Validation and Affirmation

It is important to validate the negative, unpleasant emotions of our friends and loved ones.<p>It should go without saying that it is equally important …

Yale neuroscientists debunked the idea that anyone is “normal”

Don’t you wish everyone would just act more normal, like you? I know I do.<p>But normal is a relative state that depends on time, place, and circumstance. There’s no one right way to be a human, and that applies to mental as well as physical states. That’s why neuroscientists are advocating for more …

Psychology

Scientists Have Established a Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

Why Empathy Fails

In order to empathize with another person, you have to recognize that he actually exists apart from and without specific reference to you. You must …

A Virus In Your Mouth Helps Fight The Flu

Hidden inside all of us are likely thousands of viruses — maybe more. They just hang out, harmlessly. We don't even know they're there.<p>But every once in a while, one of these viral inhabitants might help us out.<p>Young people infected with a type of herpes virus have a better immune response to the …

Are Scientific And Religious Explanations Incompatible?

Last week, I participated in a workshop on the science-religion dialogue during which I was asked: Are scientific and religious explanations philosophically incompatible?<p>I've been thinking about the question ever since. The simple answers — "yes" or "no" — have advocates, but they don't seem to do …

25 Psychological Life Hacks that Will Help You Gain The Advantage In Social Situation

June 29, 2015 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Life<p>1) Assume comfort in any interaction.<p>Our brain is an incredibly complicated instrument. Our relationship …

Body Language

Air pollution makes your brain age faster, destroying white matter like a neurotoxin

It's already quite clear that air pollution is very bad for us: It's bad for our hearts, for our lungs, it causes cancer, triggers asthma, etc. It's …

The Neuroscience of Consciousness

Black horehound,<p>Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster<br>and member of the House of Lords. Specialising in the …

Violent videos show apes may have sense of right and wrong

Apes paid more attention to film clips of an infant chimp being killed by its own kind than other acts of violence<p>Chimpanzees may have a sense of right and wrong that echoes human concepts of morality, a study has found.<p>Two groups of the apes paid more attention to film clips of an infant chimp …

Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder

The theory of evolution by natural selection is among the best established in science, yet also among the most controversial for subsets of the American public.<p>For decades we've known that beliefs about evolution are well-predicted by demographic factors, such as religious upbringing and political …

Psychology

Neuroanatomy-A Primer

The human brain is a unique structure that boasts a complex three-dimensional architecture. Neuroscientists are only beginning to understand how the …

The 'paleo diet' only makes sense if you don't understand human evolution

“Our ancestors didn’t eat like this, so we shouldn’t.” This is the main ethos of many modern diets which advise us to exclude a number of recent …

10 careers with the most psychopaths per capita

<b>Alec Baldwin in "Glengarry Glen Ross"</b><p>Research suggests psychopathy can actually be advantageous in certain professions. He are just a few examples<p>Kali Holloway<p>June 23, 2015 7:45pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Are you a psychopath? Happens to the best of us. James Fallon, a …

7 psychological steps to getting people to trust you

The benefits of projecting trustworthiness are enormous, and as Columbia University professor Heidi Grant Halvorson explains in her book "No One Understands You And What To Do About It," the costs of failing to do so are significant as well.<p>One study published in the Journal of Knowledge Management …

Psychology

You Cannot Use An Online Quiz To Properly Assess Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type: Here’s Why

By Heidi Priebe,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1HY9rak<p>Almost every criticism that exists about Myers-Briggs psychology is based on the reliability …

MERS Virus Migrates to One More Country. What Will Contain It?

A respiratory virus that originates in the Middle East and has been hopscotching the globe for three years has today landed in yet another country, just as international health officials are raising concerns about the conditions that allow it to spread.<p>The virus is called MERS, Middle East …

Scientists Build Case for 'Sixth Extinction' ... and Say It Could Kill Us

Even conservative calculations show the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction that's being caused by our species — and is likely to lead to humanity's demise if unchecked, scientists reported Friday.<p>The scientists' analysis, published in the open-access journal Science Advances, follows …

Proportional Pie Chart of the World’s Most Spoken Languages

“A world of languages” is a fascinating infographic created by Alberto Lucas Lopéz for the South China Morning Post. On his website Lopéz …

Is Getting Old A Disease?

Drug researchers are trying to convince the FDA that the answer is yes<p>On June 24, researchers will meet with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a very specific reason: they want to test a drug that might slow the aging process. If they succeed, they will show for the first time that aging …

Medicine

20 Books You Should Have on Your Survival Bookshelf

There is something about a book. The smell of the pages. The weight of it in your hand. With tablets for reading, books on tape, and ebooks that you …

Do You Have An External Validation Mental Model?

As a quick recap, mental models are our deep-rooted ideas and beliefs about the way the world works and how things ought to be. The mind forms …

Financial Services

DNA is life’s blueprint? No, there’s far more to it than that

Single metaphors just won’t do to describe the subtleties of DNA <i>(Image: Andrzej Wojcicki/Science Photo Library/Corbis)</i><p>ASK me what a genome is, …

How Your Brain Deletes Trauma

A new study shows that the act of remembering leads to the subtle forgetting of other memories.<p>Our brains actually aren’t able to absorb infinite …

An FBI Behavior Expert Reveals 7 Ways To Get People To Like You

Research shows relationships are vital to happiness and networking is the key to getting jobs and building a fulfilling career.<p>But what's the best way to build rapport and create trust? Plain and simple, who can explain how to get people to like you?<p>Robin Dreeke can.<p>Robin was head of the FBI's …

Self-help

Mindfulness has lost its Buddhist roots, and it may not be doing you good

Mindfulness as a psychological aid is very much in fashion. Recent reports on the latest finding suggested that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy …