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Why You Can Be Dead Wrong but Still Believe You're Right, According to Science | Inc.com

Have you ever had an argument with a friend, relative, or co-worker who remains certain of their position, even after you provide irrefutable proof that you're right and they're wrong? It's frustrating, but common. It turns out the human brain is wired that way.<p>An outraged friend once showed me a …

Critical Thinking

Afraid to Rage: The Origins of Passive-Aggressive Behavior

At one pole of communication stands passivity: not speaking out for fear of adverse consequences. At the other end stands aggressiveness: voicing …

Anger Management

The history of human emotions

The words we use to describe our emotions affect how we feel, says historian Tiffany Watt Smith, and they've often changed (sometimes very …

APIs

The Ethics of Erasing Bad Memories

Though the emerging possibility of deleting traumatic memories could provide some people relief, the question remains whether it would fundamentally change who they are.<p>Electricity has been used in medical treatments all the way back to 46 C.E. when Scribonius Largus treated the Roman Emperor …

Reduced neural empathy for women wearing revealing clothes

<i>The participants watched women being rejected in a ball-passing game (the black blocks over their eyes did not appear in the actual study); from</i> …

Psychology

Why our emotions are cultural – not built in at birth

There is no scientific evidence that we are hardwired with emotions, says Lisa Feldman Barrett. They develop as we grow<p>The time-honoured story of emotion goes something like this: we all have emotions built in from birth. They are distinct, recognisable phenomena inside us. When something happens …

Sigmund Freud

How Brains Learn to Fear: Neuroscientists Reveal a Surprising Truth

We're revising what we know about how experience turns into knowledge.<p>When you’re born, your brain is set up with all the physical abilities it needs …

Neuroscience

How Social Bias Can Transfer From One Generation To The Next

From an early age, children are sensitive to social cues from adults, peers, media and their surrounding environment. A closer look at adults’ …

Body Language

Sterilizing a Child, for a Better Life

Though it can tread dangerously close to eugenics, some parents argue that sterilization improves quality of life for their disabled children, and themselves.<p>When Sophie Carter entered puberty, her parents had more to dread than just a temperamental adolescent. Sophie is now 31 but still has the …

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