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"
Frontiers | Witnessing hateful people in pain modulates brain activity in regions associated with physical pain and reward | Cognitive Science. We published this paper about a year ago, and I thought it would be nice to provide a link to it here from my website as well. We showed that in a set of […]Read more "How do we process the pain of hateful people?"
I am often asked how I found my career. From an early age, I’ve obsessed over two things: automobiles, and psychology. The arc that carried me to a career where I can pursue these interests is rather long. I describe the journey here so that any readers interested in changing their paths to pursue an exotic interest […]Read more "How I became a neuroscientist"
Ironically, most of us ignore empirical evidence when we choose to understand how decisions are made. The evidence shows that we are biologically wired to feel our way toward good decisions, that no decisions are devoid of emotion, and that reason and emotion work together for good decision making. But most of us think that […]Read more "What is the Empiricist Blog?"