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Consciousness, Cognition, and the Brain at Work
Bobby Azarian Ph.D.
If we want smart robots that can interact socially, we must give them the ability to attribute mental states like beliefs, goals, and intentions to others.
If we want to inoculate society against the harms of fundamentalist ideologies, we must start thinking about how they function in the brain.
Racism is a complex and persistent bias, but we are beginning to understand the phenomenon on a psychological and neural level.
America is angry. New research suggests that the emotion is biasing our political reasoning and further polarizing America—which benefits President Trump.
Gaslighting refers to a type of psychological manipulation used to get people to question their direct experience of reality. It's also one of the President's favorite techniques.
The Dunning-Kruger effect refers to a bias in which people with little knowledge in an area believe they have superior knowledge. New research suggests this is affecting politics.
The president's backers share some consistent and troubling characteristics.
President Trump has increased collective anxiety, creating division and tribalism. But recognizing these psychological effects can allow us to reverse them with cognitive control.
The world of cryptocurrency is profitable and intellectually intriguing, but misinformation campaigns that use psychological manipulation are creating chaos for investors.
Research shows just one psychedelic therapy session can be a transformative experience that changes perspectives and reframes life priorities. What could it do for Donald Trump?
Conservatives and liberals don’t just have different outlooks and opinions. They also have different brains.
A recent study found that when participants were given exercises designed to trigger thoughts about death, support for Donald Trump increased.
Is anxiety over existential threat making people aggressive toward out-group members? Brexit and the presidency win of Donald Trump are part of a larger pattern that will continue.
The political ascent of Donald Trump seems to defy all logic, but psychology and neuroscience research explains how quirks of the brain underlie the mind-boggling phenomenon.
Are digital computers fundamentally incapable of supporting consciousness? It appears that symbol manipulation is insufficient for experience.
Although we generally prefer robots that have humanlike features, new research suggests that machines that look too much like people are perceived as less inviting and trustworthy.
The ideology of ISIS is a mental parasite that self-replicates, evolves, and spreads best through destruction. Stopping this viral replicator from infecting more brains is a must.
Does it feel like anything to be a beetle? How about a plant or a computer? One theory posits that consciousness exists wherever information is being integrated—and is measurable.
Bobby Azarian, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist and science writer in the Washington, D.C. area.