New research shows that we may be able to improve control over emotional actions by strengthening communication between brain areas using brain stimulation.
Intelligence is one of the most studied aspects of human cognition. However, it seems that IQ – the intelligence quotient – does not accurately represent intelligence. In fact, the way IQ is determined encourages racism, and the scientific community is not free from these biases.
After weeks of strict regulations, experts are deciding how we can leave lockdown without too many risks to our society. Importantly though, merely the way we describe risks can influence which strategy we choose.
For the last few weeks, the nationwide instructions have been clear: Keep your distance in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. But not everyone adheres to these rules. There are even “lockdown parties”, where groups of students party behind closed doors. Why do people partake in such behaviour? And even more important: How can we convince them to stop?
In many roles, as a student, citizen, or participant in an experiment, a certain obedience is expected of us. But how obedient are we actually, and is it always desirable?
In neuroscience, we not only try to find out how the brain works, but also what can go wrong in the brain and how we can solve such problems. But how far should we go with this?
Everyone is afraid of something; for instance, I have an excessive aversion towards moths. Not a big deal as long as this fear does not debilitate your daily life. Do you want to free yourself of it anyway? Read here about how you can get rid of your fears.
The association between violent videogames and aggression has already been a topic of discussion for years, if not decades. However, scientific research shows inconsistent results. Why do studies disagree?
If you ask scientists why they conduct research, they often give the grandest of reasons: curing diseases, ending world hunger, or ending our dependence on fossil fuels. I found out you can be in science with a relatively smaller goal, and that that’s okay.
In science, we not only try to show correlations between things, but we also try to say something about the underlying cause and what its effect is (causation). In most cases, we can only investigate correlations. It is thus important to know how causation works.