Can nostalgia treat loneliness?

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 […]

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Your heart and brain, connected

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: […]

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How I became a neuroscientist

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 […]

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What is the Empiricist Blog?

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 […]

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