Humans think using the brain’s navigation system. The system comprises two active cells: place cells in the hippocampus, and grid cells in the neighboring entorhinal cortex that work hand in hand to help us navigate, and think.
In a 2013 paper “The End Of History Illusion” published in the journal Science, three psychologists documented that people, regardless of their ages, are unable to predict change in their personalities and preferences as they transition towards the adulthood. The paper highlights the way individual of all ages think the person they are now is the final version of themselves, and that they won’t change in the future.
Researchers have discovered a new cognitive illusion called the liking gap – where people systematically underestimate how much strangers appreciate their company following a conversation.
A study finds that every individual has a unique brain anatomy. The uniqueness is attributed to a combination of genetic factors, individual experiences and life circumstances.
The concept of “love at first sight” has been a prominent theme in arts and literature for thousands of years, and many couples in real life often claim to have experienced it. But, is there such thing as love at first sight? Not really, instead what people are experiencing is probably “lust,” according to new study.
Studies have shown that we, humans, are not very good at evaluating ourselves accurately. In fact, we tend to judge ourselves as better than others. Psychologists call this phenomenon - the Dunning-Kruger effect.
The person you’re talking to is lying to you if he/she copies your body language closely and nods along in agreement. This is the conclusion of a new study carried out by a combined team of researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark and Arizona State University, USA. So if you suspect someone is lying about something, it would be wise to keep an eye on the person throughout the conversation.
Depression can lead to permanent changes in the structure of the brain. In a study conducted at the University of Edinburgh, researchers found alterations in parts of the brain known as white matter – the key component of the brain and spinal cord consisting mainly of nerve fibres. White matter is critical for normal functioning of the brain, and its disruption has been linked to problems with emotion processing and thinking skills.
Researchers from Cornell, Yale and University of Chicago have revealed that liberals and conservatives read different types of science books. According to study, while liberals opt for basic sciences, such as physics, astronomy and zoology, conservatives prefer books on applied and commercial science, such as medicine, criminology and geophysics.