Are you a wise person? In a rather informal survey using a smartphone app, I asked 159 people that exact question and surprisingly 37% of them would indeed call themselves wise. Now here comes the truly shocking news. I also asked another question: Did you know that there is quantitative research on the topic … Continue reading No Neuroscience of Wisdom: Time to wise up?
What do chocolate, TV and sports have in common? Apart from the fact that if you overindulge in the former two, you had better pick up the latter, all three also bring us a great deal of pleasure. Pleasure is essential to our well-being. It points us to the activities that are good for our … Continue reading Anhedonia: In search of pleasure
Will you let a computer drive your car? Are self-driving cars, or autonomous cars safe enough to be on the road? Set aside the question of whether cars can deal with ethical problems, driving itself is a highly complex task that requires constant sampling and processing of information from the environment. To teach machines to … Continue reading When smartphones are smarter than us: deep learning and neuroscience
Have you been feeling anxious or depressed lately? It’s okay, 2016 has been tough on all of us. Despite the discomfort that comes with negative emotions, they are a crucial part of our lives. However, when emotions get out of balance, they can lead to some pretty poor decision making. In extreme cases it can get … Continue reading When Emotions are misleading: Effects of Anxiety and Depression on Decision Making