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Understanding ourselves is critical to progress. By examining our biases, cognition, development, and interactions, we can leverage that knowledge to improve our individual and collective decision-making. By understanding our physiology, biology, and anatomy, we can better control, enhance, and protect our minds and bodies.

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Behavioural Profiling: Can Mice Help to predict Mental Illnesses in People?

Research shows that environmental stress can increase the risk of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Stressors, such as living in a large and noisy city and illicit drug use, are particularly harmful during adolescence and increase the risk for schizophrenia in later life. Prof. Moritz Rossner and doctoral candidate Dorota Badowska, from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in […]

Wild monkeys sign up to the maxim “When in Rome …”

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do” runs the familiar advice. When you visit a different culture you are going to fit in with the locals quicker if you are ready to adopt their habits, however different those may be from how you carried on back home. Our new research on wild vervet monkeys […]

The insecurely attached brain: How early social interactions can shape adult brain function

In a first review paper within the field, Patrik Vuilleumier and I recently proposed a model describing how attachment insecurities influence social brain function in healthy adults. It has been known for more than four decades that early social interactions can crucially shape social behavior throughout the lifespan. Evidence regarding the underlying neural mechanisms, however, […]

When they do not all look alike: Using identity to reduce own-race bias

Have you ever had the experience that members of another race “all look alike”? One of the most robust phenomena in social perception is the finding that people are better at remembering people from their own race. This effect – called the own-race bias – is often interpreted as the consequence of perceptual expertise, where by […]