Tags Human behavior & emotions

human behavior & emotions

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What Helps to Ensure Cooperation in Diverse Societies?

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.

Random Thoughts on ‘The Theory of Everything’

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.
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The Roots of Inequality and What We Can Do About It

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?
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Cooperation in the Age of the Gerrymander

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.
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Getting Hit By A Truck Taught Me The Power of Love

After being hit by a truck and critically injured, Vicki learned that the power of love and goodness from strangers can change your life in unexpected ways.
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Are Political Views Hard-Wired in the Brain?

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.
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TedMed17: Chimpanzee Politics, Ebola, Music after Heartbreak

Day 1 of TedMed 2017 featured talks on chimpanzee politics, the sad aftermath of the Liberian Ebola epidemic, and new music created by Zoe Keating after her tragic loss.
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Was James Damore Right About Women in Tech?

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.
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Can You Believe in Science and Still Vote for Trump?

Most people understand the primacy of scientific facts in ordering our personal and public life, but a more primal imperative, tribalism, often wins out.
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Survival of the Human Race Depends on Being Social

Our brains are hard-wired to be social because of its survival value, so how does the 'me first' philosophy of libertarianism mesh with our biology?
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Prepping for Med School? How About Drawing Blood?

How working as a phlebotomist turned out to be good preparation for medical school.
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What is Non-Verbal Learning Disorder?

Children with Non-Verbal Learning Disability are usually more advanced in language than any other area but they have a deficit in visual-spatial processing.