Human characteristics are attributed to many legendary creatures. As part of this anthropomorphization, these mythological animals are often given language abilities.
A Swiss physician named Johannes Hofer coined the term nostalgia in the late 17 th century to describe what he considered to be a cerebral disease unique to Swiss mercenaries fighting wars far from home...
The good news is that occasionally one reads about children who have 'recovered' from, or who have 'out-grown' their 'autism'. And that's great. Not to detract anything from that good news, though, if truth be told, the 'recovery' in many cases is from autism they fortunately never had...
We see with our ideas. That idea can open our eyes to key questions about modeling human nature. Varying blues and illusions illuminate a weird sampling error at the heart of a heartless economic worldview...
Cognitive decline is among the most dreaded consequences of old age and disease. Few things undermine a person's ability, opportunities, and independence more than loss of mental function...
Psychophysics secretly dominates our social sciences. Such physics-ing often improves experimental practice, but its mathematical methods face new challenges.
Your neurons are outnumbered. Many of the cells in your brain - in your whole nervous system, in fact - are not neurons, but glia. These busy little cells shape and insulate neural connections, provide vital nutrients for your neurons, regulate many of the automatic processes that keep you alive, and even enable your brain to learn and form memories...
The label "rational" is becoming illogical. Economists, even the better behavioral kind, use it particularly badly. That great scholar of human nature, Shakespeare, knew better.
[caption id="attachment_321" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Chinatown. Photo: Patrick Shen"][/caption] Earlier this year, a Kickstarter campaign for a documentary film called "In Pursuit of Silence" raised $35,371, exceeding its goal in just a few weeks...
We often can't rely on ourselves to act rationally. We know this, but much social science has a bad habit of ignoring it. A more realistic role for rationality is needed to grasp the unhidden but unmodeled relationship between decisions and actions...
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