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Why Your Teen is Out of His Mind

Teens don't take risks because they want to upset us or because they think they're invincible. They take risks because our species has been fine-tuned by evolution to do just that during adolescence.
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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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What Differentiates Creative Geniuses From the Rest

The difference between creative geniuses and the rest of us lies in the intensity of interactions of the association cortices. They see things in ways we cannot.
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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.
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Are Cultural Bias and Prejudice Inherited?

Thirty-seven years after Darwin published his masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, we have a plausible explanation of how the environment can generate heritable behavior.
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Why Political Beliefs Are So Resistant to Change

A large part of the brain, the DMN system, lights up when political beliefs are challenged. It may be responsible for visceral responses to such challenges.
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Age-Related Memory Loss and What Can You Do About It?

As we learn more about the anatomy and physiology of short term memory loss, therapeutics are starting to emerge.
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Can Deep Brain Stimulation Make You More Honest?

Advances in Deep Brain Stimulation allow for precise manipulation of areas of the brain that control functions in need of a reboot, even those that determine whether we are honest of not.
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The Consequences of Disbelieving in Free Will Are Too Awful

Studies about the concept of belief or non-belief in free will shed light on the question of how ostensibly religious people commit atrocities.
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Why It’s Hard to Change Your Worst Instincts

Epigenetic modifications and brain plasticity allow us to modify our behaviors throughout our lifetimes.
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How Did We End Up in a Post-factual World?

The common belief in alternative facts is not an accident; it makes the worldview of the true believers internally consistent, hence, its strength. And, once we form our view of the world, it is hard to change it.
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Why Are You Ticklish? It’s In Your Brain

The complex wiring in the brain that mediates ticklishness is well described, but why did ticklishness survive when natural selection usually eliminates useless or deleterious traits?