The Frontal Cortex

Archives for May, 2010

Patience

I’m always fascinated by the ways in which societal issues impact the research program of modern neuroscience. (After all, the virtue of studying the brain is that it can be made relevant to just about anything, from the formation of financial bubbles to internet searches.) We’re still living through the aftermath of the Great Recession,…

The Underdog

Over at Slate, Daniel Engber has a fascinating (and thorough) investigation of why we root for the underdog. There are numerous factors at work, from the availability heuristic to our deep desire for equality. But I was most intrigued by this research, which tries to explain why we associate underdogs with virtuous characteristics, like effort…

Self-Tracking

Gary Wolf has a fascinating and really well written article in the Times Magazine on the rise of the “quantified self,” or all those people who rely on microsensors to measure discrete aspects of their lives, from walking speed to emotional mood: Millions of us track ourselves all the time. We step on a scale…