Psyched out—the mental barriers that prevent us from solving global problems

In 1969, Psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross published a book outlining five key steps in the grieving process. Decades later, these five steps have entrenched themselves almost ubiquitously into western society’s understanding of grief, with references to them occurring in everything from academic research to pop culture. Flash-forward to 2015—another psychologist, Per Espen Stoknes, has published his … Continue reading Psyched out—the mental barriers that prevent us from solving global problems

Bye Bye Bad Memories

You may not be able to erase the memory of bad relationships yet, but one day soon you may be able to kick that pesky meth habit with selective memory erasing technology. Science constantly reminds us of how pliable our brains are. Whether its studies of addiction, memory, or identity, we are learning more and … Continue reading Bye Bye Bad Memories

Of Lab Rats and Men

Scientific research answers some questions--and raises many more--about brain function and consciousness Understanding the human brain is one of the last (or at least most challenging) frontiers of science. While the field of neurobiology has started to unravel the mystery of consciousness a strand at a time, we still don’t have a well-defined or agreed-upon … Continue reading Of Lab Rats and Men