Dr. Bashem

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Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

The white supremacists marching at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat counterprotesters. They wanted their beliefs on …

Psychology

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?<p>I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency …

Psychology

What's going on with Donald Trump? Psychologist explains the president’s lies, reversals

Trump's lies and reversals are not due to mental illness but because he reacts to people and situations in the moment, with no thought of future or past.<p>When I saw CNN’s Jake Tapper suddenly blurt out, “What the hell is going on?” in an online video the other day, I thought I’d better speak up.<p>Like …

Donald Trump

A Neuroscientist Explains How Trump Supporters Are Easily Hoodwinked Because of This One Psychological Problem

Those who score low on political knowledge tend to overestimate their expertise even more when greater emphasis is placed on political affiliation.In …

Psychology

Tech companies just woke up to a big problem with their AI

Tech companies are beginning to accept that the artificial intelligence they’re building their futures on could be flawed. From studies showing that language-processing AI can be sexist to more recent research on facial recognition’s failures on darker skin tones, years of research have erupted …

Artificial Intelligence

Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI

<b>Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.</b><p>When a "normal" algorithm generated by artificial intelligence is asked what it sees in an abstract shape it chooses something cheery: "A group of …

How To Apply For $350 Million In Student Loan Forgiveness

There’s $350 million in student loan forgiveness available on a first-come, first-served basis.<p>Here’s what you need to know and how to apply.<p><b>Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness</b><p>On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education added a page to its website with details of the Temporary …

College & University

WATCH: Psychologist explains why Trump lies so much -- and why it's getting out of control

Attempting to make sense of President Donald Trump’s flurry of lies this week — particularly with regard to what he has called “Spygate” — MSNBC host …

Voter personality predicted support for Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP primaries, study finds

Donald Trump secured early support from voters with a particular set of personality traits, according to a new study published in <i>American Politics</i> …

Psychometrics : How Facebook data helped Trump find his voters

It was one of hundreds of cute questionnaires that were shared widely on Facebook and other social media, like “Which Pokemon Are You?” and “What Are …

A new kind of computer science major delves into how technology is reshaping society

In an upper-level seminar on artificial intelligence, Occidental College professor Justin Li started a discussion outside the realm of a typical computer science class.<p>Should a self-driving car, if unable to brake in time, be programmed to steer into a wall to avoid crashing into pedestrians — …

Top Researchers Write 100-Page Report Warning About AI Threat to Humanity

26 researchers from 14 organizations compiled a sweeping report on the dangers posed by malicious superhuman artificial intelligence.<p>When we think about artificial intelligence, we tend to think of the humanized representations of machine learning like Siri or Alexa, but the truth is that AI is all …

The 7 Things That Make an Intimate Relationship Intimate

For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of teaching the course "Psychology of Relationships" to eager students yearning to learn about the …

Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The medical profession has an ethic: First, do no harm.<p>Silicon Valley has an ethos: Build it first and ask for forgiveness later.<p>Now, in the wake of fake news and other troubles at tech companies, universities that helped produce some of Silicon Valley’s top technologists are …

Artificial Intelligence

These 14 Trump tweets perfectly line up with 14 key traits psychologists look for in pathological narcissists

Professional psychologists have often questioned whether President Donald Trump suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), a psychological …

Disruption, Thy Name Is Bezos ... And Dimon And Buffett!

The announcement earlier this week that Amazon.com, JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway are forming a non-profit company to try to improve the American healthcare system caused some ripples in the stock market; the mere specter of its disruptive potential was enough to send some investors …

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Scientists have found the source of anxiety in the brain - and how to turn it off

Anxiety is a useful emotion, but it can result in crippling personality disorders.<p>Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, which …

Brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer’s helps give life back to patients

A brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer's disease is helping patients to dress themselves, cook and keep up hobbies which they feared losing forever.<p>In a medical first, surgeons in the US implanted electrical wires into the frontal lobes of three people to stimulate their brain cells in the same way that …

Facebook is addictive and should be regulated like a cigarette company: Salesforce CEO

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, already taking heat for exploiting vulnerabilities in human psychology to hook people on social media, got lit into again Tuesday, this time by a prominent technology chief executive who said the giant social network is addictive like cigarettes and should be regulated …

World Economic Forum

Brain Networks in TMS for Combined PTSD and Major Depression

Everything we do, every thought we've ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved …

The Brain

Now Is the Time to Talk About the Power of Touch

In 1945, the Austrian physician René Spitz investigated an orphanage that took extra care to make sure its infants were not infected with disease. The children received first-class nutrition and medical care, but they were barely touched, to minimize their contact with germs. The approach was a …

Child Abuse

Sniffing men can reduce stress, says study

Let’s face it, you’ve done it.<p>Maybe you miss them, maybe you’re just starting to really like them, or maybe you’re just feeling a bit needy.<p><p>And …

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11 Anxiety Hacks That Psychologists Swear By

If you struggle with anxiety, then you already know it can take a pretty major toll on your life. From the physical symptoms — like a racing heart …

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

I-DEAS

Personalities as Dramatis Personae: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Self as Author

In a commentary featured in the <i>TLS</i> about a year ago, Galen Strawson argues against what he terms "a fallacy of our age": that "human beings typically …

Welcome to the brave new world of artificial intelligence

First machines replaced labour – now will robots take over our brain work, too?<p>In the 1966 film <i>Fantastic Voyage</i>, a submarine crew is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into the bloodstream of a defector to remove a blood clot from his brain. Critics agreed that it was an entertaining movie …

The non-techie’s guide to machine learning

You find yourself at another startup meetup, leaning against the bar and sipping away at your drink. <i>Tonight’s the night</i>, you think to yourself.</i> …

Brain implant boosts memory for first time ever

New memory prosthesis could be a game-changer for dementia care.<p><i>In brief: A professor built a brain implant that can reportedly improve short-term memory by 15 percent and working memory by 25 percent. The device could prove life-changing for the growing segment of the population impacted by</i> …

Dementia

This Chatbot Can Teach You Therapy Exercises

This chatbot, which runs on Facebook Messenger, asks users to record their moods each day and offers to teach behavioral techniques meant to combat …