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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD
A study of post-war Bosnia provides insights into what helps (and what doesn't) when it comes to ensuring cooperation in diverse societies. The findings are highly relevant to the divisiveness in U.S. society today.
Our memories may not be truly our own. They're subject to social influences, some positive (they correct factual errors and omissions) and some negative (they manipulate the memory of facts to conform to the "accepted" version regardless of veracity). This is not just an exercise in theoretical psychology, it has important social implications.
Stephen Hawking overcame the physical affliction of his degenerative neurologic disease (ALS) with his soaring optimism going on to become one of the world's most famous theoretical physicists. Unique aspects of the human brain help explain why.
Two well-documented benefits of yoga are related to the physiological effects of deep breathing on the brain and enhanced flexibility of joints, tendons, and ligaments related to movement and stretching.
Until recently, there have been very few rigorous studies, published in reputable journals, that show that acupuncture is effective at treating pain, the primary clinical indication for its use. A well-designed study on pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors in breast cancer may change that finding.
Our genes, brain, and psychology all conspire to generate inequality in our highly developed societies. But it wasn't always so. When and why has inequality become so entrenched?
In the past, cooperation for mutual benefit was so biologically advantageous that it was hard-wired in the brain, but politics may have changed the rules of the game.
In ancient literature, the sea and sky were described as anything but blue, perhaps because it was not as important to them as black, white, and red.
There is still a big gap in our knowledge between fixation of memories in the brain and fixed political views, but we know when experiences are embedded in long-term memory, thick protein bridges between the neurons "solidify" the circuits.
It's easy to understand the power of Facebook: Memories are reinforced by repetition and forgetting is induced when messages come from outside of your tribe.
The discoveries of this year's Nobel Prize winners paves the way for the development of therapeutics that could provide benefit to billions of people.
In a viral memo from Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, James Damore lists personality differences that he says explain why women are less adept than men at software engineering.