The words used by men and women on social networks are different

Wonderful, happy, birthday, nervous, daughter, baby, and thankful. Enemy, freedom, win, lose and battle. The first batch of words are more used by women on social networks, the second batch, by men. This is the conclusion reached by a study by psychologists from the universities of Stony Brook and Pennsylvania and the University of Melbourne, … Read more

People perceive colors differently if they are sad

The popular phrase that we see everything gray when we are sad would make much more sense in light of a new finding by researchers at the University of Rochester, in the United States, whose results have been published in the journal Psychological Science . The study used 127 volunteers, who were divided into three … Read more

What’s the use of being angry?

We have all gotten angry at one time or another. We have screamed, we have thrown all kinds of curses, the vein in our foreheads has become very fat. But why? What are the evolutionary roots of this behavior? What good has it been that our ancestors got angry the way we do? Apparently, the … Read more

What are our wettest dreams about?

Some of our dreams have such a lubricious component that it almost seems that, instead of dreaming, we had accessed one of those repositories of X videos divided and classified perfectly by different kinds of filias: amateur, teen, BBW, creampie, hairy, etc. . Actually, a researcher at Shue Yan University, Hong Kong, named Calvin Kai-Ching … Read more

The Pygmalion effect at school

Teaching should not just be limited to imparting knowledge. It is also important how they are taught and, also, the kind of teacher who teaches them. In this sense, a teacher who inspires self-confidence in the student can radically change their academic curriculum. This is what is called the Pygmalion effect , and it was … Read more

How is the stress scale measured?

We often hear that someone is stressed, but is there a more or less objective way to measure the amount of stress we are under? It is something that Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe tried to do in 1967 after evaluating thousands of medical patients who were asked about their life experiences and experiences, looking … Read more

Indulging in an artistic activity could reduce your stress

A recent study published in the journal Art Therapy that has been carried out by experts from Drexel University in Philadelphia, suggests that creating art in any of its manifestations can reduce stress levels , regardless of the artistic ability that we harbor. And, in general, doing things by hand, by ourselves, not only has … Read more

When we go from the social contract to the economic one

Broadly speaking, we could say that we have two ways of behaving : one way is characterized by social exchanges and the other by mercantile (or economic) exchanges. Social norms are very delicate and can be transformed into mercantile ones, but it will hardly be the other way around. Imagine that you own a nursery … Read more

Are all the studies of the last 15 years with MRI wrong?

According to a study recently published in PNAS , a total of 40,000 studies carried out over 15 years could be wrong due to errors in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) software, one of the most useful imaging techniques to study the activity of the brain. The study took resting data from 499 patients around … Read more

We are designed to collaborate, empathize and be good people

Our brain is pre-wired to live in society. In that sense, selfishness or evil are not evolutionarily effective (unless a particular environment does favor it particularly strongly). This does not mean that the human being is cooperative with others in the most flower power sense (nor that we are all cooperators in the same degree), … Read more

What my wife says, or the problem of the experts

Although this may seem to erode our reputation, we must allow our wives or partners to correct us. This will prevent us from making so many mistakes . It also helps if we allow colleagues, parents, close friends and even strangers to correct us. The best way to detect errors in a text you have … Read more

The experiment of thinking of a divinity

In a 2006 study by neuroscientists Mario Beauregard and Vincent Paquette of the University of Montreal, Canada, they wanted to use brain imaging to shed some light on how the brain experiences beliefs or religious feelings. To carry out the study, 15 cloistered nuns belonging to an austere monastic sect of the Roman Catholic Church, … Read more

Are we really logical? Or the reason that there is so much pseudoscience

Our way of proceeding intellectually is far from cold, calculating, and logical, Spock-style. Rather, we swing from reason to emotion, mixing slow (rational) thinking with fast (instinctive) thinking, as the Nobel Prize in Economics Daniel Kahneman would say . Even much of our seemingly logical reasoning is infused with emotional streaks. That could also be … Read more

You never know how you are going to react (100%)

Those who are dedicated to following demanding and unquestionable moral codes are the ones who will later violate them more easily using a highly trained cognitive dissonance (that mental sleight of hand that allows you to believe one thing and the opposite, or say one thing and preach another. , and not noticing anything at … Read more

The birth of Cranioscopy or how our appearance defines us

Towards the end of the 1700s, the German anatomist and physiologist Franz Call announced the advent of a new science, which he baptized as cranioscopy, although his followers ended up designating it as phrenology. What Gall was suggesting is that different parts of the brain have specific functions, and that the surface of the skull … Read more

The woman who was blind but did not believe it

One of the strangest neurological cases occurs when the patient has lost his vision, is totally blind, but the patient is not aware of it: in fact, he denies it, and pretends that he is seeing perfectly . This is the case that, for example, Kathryn Schulz describes in her book In Defense of Error … Read more

French Rationalists VS British Sentimentalists

Questions like are we to pursue reason at the expense of emotion? they have begun to preoccupy philosophers and scientists in recent centuries. Or put another way: is our role model Spock, the ultra-nationalist character from Star Trek? Or should we look a little more at Homer Simpson? This reason VS emotion dichotomy refers to … Read more