More Evidence for a Pain-Related Description of dACC

More evidence on the role of the dACC in pain

Comparing Pain, Cognitive, and Salience Accounts of dACC

Is the dACC for pain processes or cognition? The debate continues.

Anti-Vaxxers Love Their Children Too

Anti-vaxxers are seen as crazy or stupid. Psychology says otherwise.

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

The brain is built to trade off being analytical and social. What are the implications of this for leaders in the workplace?

Are We Wired to Be Social?

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?

Is Facebook Ruining Our Brains?

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?

Broken Hearts and Broken Bones

When you feel like someone "broke" your heart or "hurt" your feelings, what does this have to do with pain? Brain research tell us the answer is 'more than you might have thought'

The Neuroanatomy of a Retweet

Great ideas don’t just make us think—they make us want to tell others. But how can we know ahead of time which ideas will fly or flop. Recent brain science gives us a clue.

The Social Brain and Its Superpowers

Want to understand the superpowers of your social brain? If so, check out this discussion on the neuroscience of social. It might just make you smarter, happier, and more productive.

Reunions: Why Do We Go?

Every few years we have to decide whether to get together with the people who went through the scariest period of our life with us—high school. Why do we go? Why should we?

Thank You for Not Unfriending Me

Election season is a time when we unexpectedly find out the political stripes of old friends. If you've ever wanted to tune out those who are getting it all wrong, read on.

Why We Stop Learning: The Paradox of Expertise

Once you are an expert at something, it becomes harder and harder to keep learning. This post explores why and what to do about it.

The Mind-Body Illusion

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?

The Hidden Doublespeak of Willpower and Self-control

Willpower is in vogue. Its all good and more is better. But is there a more sinister dark side to self-control?

Self-Esteem vs. Esteemable Selves

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?

Free Will: Weighing Truth and Experience

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.

Results We Can Believe In

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.

Does Thinking of Grandpa Make You Slow?

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.