Eye expressions offer a glimpse into the evolution of emotion

New research by Adam Anderson, professor of human development at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, reveals why the eyes offer a window into the soul.   According to the recent study, published in Psychological Science, we interpret a person’s emotions by analyzing the expression in their eyes – a process that began as a […]

More NHS mental health patients treated privately – BBC News

Image caption Karl was sent to a private hospital far from his home Mental health trusts across the UK are becoming increasingly reliant on private hospitals to deliver care, a BBC Breakfast investigation suggests. NHS spending on private mental health inpatient beds went up 42% over five years across 40 mental health authorities that responded […]

According to Science, 25-Year-Olds are the King of Random

Can you think of a random number? Sure you can, but not as good as when you were (or will be) 25 years of age. Cognitive scientist Nicolas Gauvrit and colleagues at Laboratoire de Recherche Scientifique in Paris, France, tested more than 3,400 people on their ability to “be random” and discovered something interesting: that […]

How to Tell if You’re Normal

“Am I normal?” Robert, a 24-year old programmer, asked me a few months into our work together. “What makes you ask that question right now?” We had been talking about his new relationship and how he was feeling good about getting more serious. “Well I just wonder if it’s normal to feel as much anxiety […]

Believing is seeing – a cognitive scientist explains how we live in a reconstructed reality

Donald Hoffman Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman studies how our visual perception, guided by millions of years of natural selection, authors every aspect of our everyday reality.  Why you should listen In his research to uncover the underlying secrets of human perception, Donald Hoffman has discovered important clues pointing to the subjective nature of reality. Rather […]