Neuroscience


An Empathetic Approach to Prejudice

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Mar 2016

An Empathetic Approach to Prejudice

In the first post of this series, I unpacked implicit prejudice and how it affects all of us on a day-to-day basis. The key idea in that discussion was that, as much as we would like to believe that we can make deliberate, controlled judgments and decisions when interacting with someone, the inevitable outcome is largely the product of many underlying, intersecting associations, generalizations and preconceptions that we just aren’t consciously aware of. So, what can we do about it? To this end, it might seem reasonable to look for ways to shift judgements towards a more conscious and controlled...

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No Butts: smoking on the brain

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Feb 2016

No Butts: smoking on the brain

It’s dirty, it stinks, it hurts your throat, it tastes bad, it kills your taste buds, your sense of smell, it’s harmful to others, it rots and stains your teeth, it gives you bad breath, it affects your breathing, it gives you wrinkles, it shortens your life, it makes you age faster, it clogs up your lungs, it wastes your money, it wastes your time, it stains your fingers, it strains your heart, it dictates your schedule… Sound like something you should be doing so often? But you knew all that already, didn’t you. Anyone want a smoke? The neuroscience...

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