So you have now found the car, and you’re ready to start finding your actual car. This takes place in two steps: Contacting the seller, and doing the test drive. Before you start: a word on emotions. Again, choose your emotions wisely. Think of yourself as confident, cold and distant, evaluative, looking for the long term […]Read more "Neurocarbuying*: Evaluating a used car"
So now you’ve decided on a direction for your car buying that is based on some good feelings with a nice blend of short and long term reward. You may also hate the term neurocarbuying, and quite frankly so do I; it’s a crappy term but its my crappy term. The next step is to […]Read more "Neurocarbuying* How to find a car."
(*Again, sorry for the cheesy neuro-blank title, but I’m sticking with it.) I wanted to add a brief interlude here to advocate a personal opinion I have about how to decide what car to buy: I think people should buy cars that are one “degree” more fun than they are prepared to do. This is […]Read more "Neurocarbuying*: In defense of fun cars."
*Quite possible the the worst Neuro-“Blank” combination yet; I’m sticking to it. There are many guides to how to buy a used car, but how many are written by a neuroscientist? Do they need to be written by a neuroscientist? Probably not. Either way, I am asked regularly for advice on how to buy […]Read more "Neurocarbuying*: How to buy a car using the science of decision-making Part One"
Getting that sweater from Grandma can inspire groans, but it should inspire gratitude. Let’s assume we know that this is a time when we should feel grateful, but are not grateful. The question is: how can we generate gratitude for a gift that does not originally inspire gratitude? My passion is in understanding and […]Read more "How to be grateful when we should be grateful, but aren’t."
Vivid nostalgia is a fascinating experience. It can emerge from a single sensory cue from the outside world, careening us to another previous personhood. Nostalgia is like a lot of the things that interest me. It is difficult to define, but everyone seems to know what it is. The common definition of nostalgia is an […]Read more "Can nostalgia treat loneliness?"
Recently found this amazing Article, which demonstrates how our memory for words can change depending on how our heart is beating. This article is a fantastic piece on how seemingly impossible details in our physiology can impact cognition. Here’s how it works: your heart has a very well understood beating pattern, called the “QRS” complex: […]Read more "Your heart and brain, connected"