It’s high time we put the most enduring myths about human behavior to bed, and see the mind—and the world—as it is.
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Cases of extraordinary mental ability
Berit Brogaard D.M.Sci., Ph.D, Kristian Marlow
Can you predict who will develop a psychotic disorder, such as Schizophrenia, on the basis of how people speak? Machines are developing that skill.
Are you insecurely attached? Read on to find out whether it's time to change your attachment style.
Why do psychopathic killers commit murder? The answer turns on their addiction to high-risk activities coupled with their deep-seated hatred for certain types of people.
Trump is far better with words than can be discerned from his tweets. When it matters, he is capable of manipulating semantics to his advantage.
When we say someone has been robbed of their dignity, we refer to a violation of their bodily or psychological integrity. Hate speech can violate dignity in this sense.
Waldron argues that the harm in hate speech lies in its defamatory nature. Defamatory speech, he says, violates the right to dignity. But is all hate speech defamatory?
Hate speech remains unregulated in the U.S., but how different is hate speech really from physical violence, including threats of physical violence?
When you feel that someone is to blame, you take them to be guilty of a wrong-doing. But blame is not merely a perception of someone's guilt. It is also a form of silent protest.
Trust is said to be the best proof of love. But it can be a source of misery when the other person exploits our gullibility. But what is it about trust that makes it so powerful?
Propaganda is a tool strategically employed to make us believe the most outrageous ideas without us ever questioning their truth.
How does the distorted body image that is prevalent in our culture lead to clinical eating disorders?
Your “naturally slim” friends stay slim, not only because of the low-calorie diets they “naturally” consume, but also because of their lower fat cell number.
As we are approaching the 80-year mark since Germany invaded Poland in 1939, which was the start of World War II and the Holocaust, we are still asking why.
It is commonplace to divide emotions into basic and complex. Unlike basic emotions, complex emotions have highly variable components and are not universally recognizable.
Publicists and news reporters could learn a thing or two from Kant’s golden principle “Treat people as ends, not merely as a means to an end.”
This is how verbal abusers use words to hurt.
Can a person who has no genetic predisposition become a monstrous serial killer? Desensitizing can go a long way.
In individualistic but not collective cultures, positive high-arousal affect, such as love of power, is held in high esteem. Paradoxically, this triggers misery and dysphoria.
Unipolar mania (mania without depression) is currently diagnosed as bipolar I disorder. But scientific evidence suggests that it may be a subtype of ADHD.
Brain zaps can be an unbearable side-effect of discontinuing an antidepressant. Although these brain shocks are often described as harmless, they may in fact be minor seizures.
Coffee may help alleviate depression by preventing inflammation to the brain and by making dopamine signaling in the brain more effective.
Even when we only get a chance to look at a person for a few seconds, our judgment of personality is fairly reliable. What is the reason behind this almost "magic" ability?
Genie spent the first 13 years of her life strapped to a potty or a chair in a homemade straightjacket. She was never spoken to but turned out to be highly intelligent.
Being rude to others fosters immediate gratification in most cases but in the long run it does nothing for your well-being.
The concept of a serial killer is best understood as a prototype concept. The prototype definition of a serial killer allows for a killer to be more or less of a serial killer.
New results strongly indicate that serotonin-altering drugs (SSRIs) may not work directly by inhibiting the serotonin transporter but may have an impact on the immune system.
Ketamine could be our first real wonder drug for the treatment of serious depression. But how does it work exactly?
It is peculiar that the common antidepressants SSRIs do not kick in for a long time. There is, however, a good scientific explanation of why they do not.
Hate speech is “the willful denigration of others based on ... group characteristics.” There is currently no clear legislation against hate speech in the U.S.
The skill of providing answers on the basis of the meaning that is literally given to us is not typically a useful skill.
Berit Brogaard, D.M.Sci., Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and the Director of the Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research at the University of Miami.
Kristian Marlow is a graduate student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a member of the St. Louis Synesthesia Lab.