Maybe you have wondered before why people don’t see the world the way you do? Well, scientists have found a possible explanation. The answer could lie in a region of the brain he calls the ‘gestalt cortex,’ which helps people make sense of information that is ambiguous or incomplete — and dismiss alternative interpretations. From… Read More How come people don’t see the world your way?
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This new study has found that tasks designed to make someone more agreeable also effectively reduce a trio of negative personality traits known as the ‘Dark Triad’ — Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. This is if you want to, of course. From the press release: SMU psychology professor Nathan Hudson’s study showed that practicing activities like… Read More Want to be less selfish, manipulative or impulsive?
I hope I didn’t upset you with the title of this post, but this new study did examine a hypothesis close to what I wrote. Sometimes when we are reading a good book, we are transported into another world. I do hope you recognize this. I often stop paying attention to what’s around me when… Read More Is scrolling on social media just like reading a good book? Yes, and maybe that is a bad thing.
This study may irritate some people, but the researchers are nuanced, and the results are what they are: this new study found flaws in previous research that purported to show meditation could alter the brain’s structure. From the press release: In the mid-20th century, new evidence showed that the brain could be “plastic,” and that… Read More Failed replication: no evidence of structural brain change with short-term mindfulness training
We checked our final proofs, the book is almost ready to go to print, and the Dutch version has already sold thousands of copies. By the end of July you can read the book too in English! (check a.o. here, here, or even better: your local book store!) This is your essential teaching companion that… Read More Coming soon: The Psychology of Great Teaching (a bit more info)
This new study explains how both nature and nurture contribute to how socioeconomic status shapes the brain’s architecture. This is not that surprising, but I think a lot of people will still be surprised about the – long-known – fact that poverty can also shape the brain. From the press release: Your education, your job,… Read More A study on the signatures of socioeconomic status in the brain
This study can make you start to dream, although the study was performed on mice. But imagine it being possible to make your brain younger and smarter? We’ve seen this repeatedly with sudokus and other non-working brain games. And now, I already hear people building their own machines to “boost the electrical activity” in certain… Read More This is the kind of study that can become material for con men and women
This study is a combination of mathematical modelling and large-scale online experiments and shows that learning from others can mitigate harmful risk aversion, even if the others we learn from tend to avoid risky, but profitable decisions themselves. From the press release: The best things in life are unlikely to occur. In many situations, taking… Read More Interesting study: copying others to dare