Even though our brain didn't evolve to play chess we can all learn the game. Is being social just another hard problem we can learn how to solve or is there something deeper in our operating systems that make us social? Read More
Will Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram ruin the next generation? Is the mere time these take away from traditional social interaction preventing our kids from learning how to be normal social beings? Read More
Descartes told us minds and bodies are separate, but nearly every philosopher and scientist since have assured us they are not. If dualism can't be true, why do we continue to fall prey to the Mind-Body Illusion and why is it bad for our health? Read More
We all want more self-esteem. But at what expense? What is self-esteem really for and what happens when it stops measuring what its supposed to just so that we can feel better about ourselves? Read More
Philosophers have long debated whether free will exists. Would you change your life if free will turned out to be an illusion? Here I examine the neural assumptions about consciousness that lead us to assume free will cannot exist by definition. Read More
Exciting new psychological findings are published every week. How do we know which ones to trust? Are they all real? Are none of them? In this blog I sort it out and suggest a solution that will allow us to quickly figure out which findings are worth paying attention to. Read More
A recent paper fails to replicate a famous social psychological finding. More doom and gloom for social psychology. Not so fast. In this blog, get a grip on what the non-replication does and does not mean. Read More
Matthew D. Lieberman, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Social.