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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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How can emotion regulation have long-lasting effects?

Whenever you regulate your emotions in response to something bad that you experience, you probably want that regulation to be long-lasting–you want it to benefit you both in the moment and in the future, especially if there’s a chance that you may re-encounter the negative situation. For example, imagine that you’re going through a bad […]

To whom are nice people nicer?

People high in a personality trait called Agreeableness are characterized by increased warmth, social affiliation, and compassion.  Agreeable people help needy others at higher rates, relative to Disagreeable people.  However, it is unknown how this tendency to help others depends on the characteristics of the potential recipient. We tested three alternative models of how Agreeableness may influence […]

What about Humor in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

In 1944, Hans Asperger claimed that individuals with Asperger’s syndrome (now part of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD) do not understand jokes, cannot be cheerful in a relaxed way, and do not understand the world in a peaceful way, which may be viewed as the basis of genuine humor. Moreover, he argued, if they try to […]