Elevated Testosterone Can Influence Bull Market Trading

Elevated Testosterone Can Influence Bull Market Trading

To this day, stock market, or “bull market”, trading floors are dominated by men. This chaotic arena of buying and selling stock, however, may be influenced by another, more subtle factor – testosterone. “Testosterone, a chemical messenger especially influential in male physiology, has been shown to affect economic decision making, and is taken as a…

Here's The World's First Psychological Profile Of The "Alt-Right"

Here's The World's First Psychological Profile Of The "Alt-Right"

Type “alt-right” into Google and you’ll stumble across plenty of think-pieces on the subject. Journalists and political commentators on all sides have attempted to understand this new and insidious force in (mainly) American politics, which doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. In fact, now that Trump is in the White House, it has…

What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About The Google Diversity Memo

What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About The Google Diversity Memo

Everybody seems to have an opinion about Google’s recent sacking of its malware software engineer James Damore for circulating a memo arguing that women and men are suitable for different roles because they are intrinsically different. The debate so far has centered mainly on the pros and cons of diversity programmes, which partly sparked Damore…

Why Do Humans Speak So Many Languages?

Why Do Humans Speak So Many Languages?

The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather in the shade of coconut trees and enjoy a breeze. I wandered from group to group, joining in the discussions….

It’s Possible To Create New Memories While Sleeping, Although It Might Not Be Good For You

It’s Possible To Create New Memories While Sleeping, Although It Might Not Be Good For You

French researchers have discovered that it is possible to create new acoustic memories while one is asleep. The researchers were able to make 20 test subjects learn a complex pattern of sounds while asleep. As reported in Nature Communications, the scientists played white noise (what one might call static) to the participants. Within these sequences of white…

Oxytocin Plus Peer Pressure Might Overcome Racism

Oxytocin Plus Peer Pressure Might Overcome Racism

It’s not surprising people who express hostility to those they see as foreign are disinclined to donate money to refugees, even when the need is clear. However, a combination of social pressure and a dose of oxytocin can soften hearts. Perhaps the so called “love hormone” can work where reasoned debate or religious teachings fail. Professor…

Even Most Educators Believe Harmful Neuromyths

Even Most Educators Believe Harmful Neuromyths

Americans on average believe two-thirds of a set of myths about the brain and learning. More worryingly, US teachers also hold to a majority of these long-disproved theories, sometimes harmlessly, but in other cases making it harder to identify and treat learning disabilities. Kelly Macdonald worked as a school teacher before becoming a graduate student at…