Pam Weintraub
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Edited by Pam Weintraub

Essay/Social Psychology

Microaggressions?

Prejudice remains a huge social evil but evidence for harm caused by microaggression is incoherent, unscientific and weak

Scott O Lilienfeld

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

Cognitive dissonance helps old dogs with their new tricks

Suzanne Cope

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Idea/Stories & Literature

So I exaggerate a little – am I wrong to jazz up my stories?

Andrea Askowitz

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Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

How totalism works

The brainwashing methods of isolation, engulfment and fear can lead anyone to a cult. I should know – I was in one

Alexandra Stein

Essay/Social Psychology

The crisis of expertise

Experts are either derided or held up as all-seeing gurus. Time to reboot the relationship between expertise and democracy

Tom Nichols

Idea/Gender & Sexuality

Let’s delete sex-identity from birth certificates

Heath Fogg Davis

Essay/Personality

First impressions count

A judgment of competence is made in a tenth of a second on the basis of facial features. Thus political decisions are made

Alexander Todorov

Essay/Epidemiology

Who names diseases?

Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?

Laura Spinney

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Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Kate Fehlhaber

Idea/Medical Research

Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer’s

Clayton Dalton

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Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Our world outsmarts us

Social problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely under-engineered. Is democracy doomed?

Robert Burton

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Idea/Wellbeing

If money can make you happy, does debt make you sad?

Cassondra Batz

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

What lurks beneath

The grand drama of Freud’s ideas has obscured the reality: every school of psychology needs a theory of the unconscious

Antonio Melechi

Idea/Neuroscience

Why is the brain prone to florid forms of confabulation?

Jules Montague

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Essay/Stories & Literature

Watchers of the earth

Indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters. Scientists are now listening

Carrie Arnold

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Idea/Illness & Disease

How a generation of consumptives defined 19th-century Romanticism

Michael Barrett

Essay/Neuroscience

Touched

We ride a stream of naked neurons, stripped of their sheaths, to the most blissful moments and deepest intimacies of life

Steven M Phelps

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Essay/Human Rights

What do slaveholders think?

It is everywhere illegal yet slavery persists in many corners of the global economy. How do its beneficiaries justify it?

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

The bilingual brain: why one size doesn’t fit all

Angela Grant

Essay/History of Technology

Web of war

How the hair-trigger nuclear age and fears of Armageddon inspired visionary cold warriors to invent the internet

Sharon Weinberger

Idea/Sleep & Dreams

Sleepwalking is the result of a survival mechanism gone awry

Philip Jaekl

Essay/Gender

Who is a sportswoman?

Elite female athletes are subjected to invasive gender tests, and hormone treatments if they fail. This is deeply unfair

Silvia Camporesi

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Idea/Social Psychology

The seductive lie of ‘Patient Zero’ and the outbreak narrative

Leyla Mei

Essay/History

The Masada mystery

Have archaeologists proven the ancient tale of mass suicide in the Judaean desert or twisted science for political end?

Eric H Cline

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Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

On shared false memories: what lies behind the Mandela effect

Caitlin Aamodt

Idea/Illness & Disease

The very microbes that helped us evolve now make us sick

Asu Erden

Essay/Neuroscience

Living in the now

She can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Lonni Sue is teaching us much about memory.

Michael D Lemonick

Idea/Illness & Disease

Billionaires say they’ll end disease: evolution says otherwise

Jim Kozubek

Essay/Medicine

Nobody is normal

Are you average? Typical? Ideal? Adequate? The idea of ‘normal’ is a historical construct and it's time we got rid of it

Jonathan Sholl

Idea/Wellbeing

Feel-good fractals: from ocean waves to Jackson Pollock’s art

Florence Williams

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