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Going Into Your Mind

The Brain, Revealed. Cutting-Edge Research. For Everyone.

February 21, 2016

B: how do you study for your exams?
P: I read my notes.
B: And then?
P: I go over them again.
B: How can you be sure that you’ve successfully learned the material?
P: ???
B: Don’t you quiz yourself?
P: …

This is a recent chat my Brother had with his Partner about the la...

February 14, 2016

Students who get higher grades seem to spend a longer time studying. Studying more, however, necessitates sacrificing other activities. What would you give up? Many students answer that they prefer not to forgo hanging out with friends, using Facebook or binging on Net...

February 8, 2016

The frantic battle against college finals is fast approaching my brother and his friends. As they arm themselves with the Trinity of student weaponry – coffee, sleep and course notes – I would like to offer them some fun science about how these influence learning and m...

January 31, 2016

Imagine you and I play the following game: first, I roll a dice privately, so neither you nor anyone else on Facebook can see the true result. I report to you the number I got. Then, you roll the dice privately (I can’t see the true result), and report the number you g...

January 23, 2016

Entrepreneurs developing innovative ventures are a fierce economical player: they provide 20% of new jobs in the US every year. To kick-start this process and the ensuing economical growth, these entrepreneurs first pitch their ideas to investors. If you were pitching...

January 17, 2016

You probably think – I myself mentioned it last time – that women academics are simply under-represented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM fields, like physics), but are well represented in social sciences and humanities (SSH fields, like psychology)....

January 10, 2016

Compared to men, strikingly few women pursue PhDs and faculty positions in science. In addition, women scientists are allocated fewer resources, and undergraduate women studying science sometimes report being treated unequally. Is this due to discrimination?

Some people...

January 3, 2016

The inspiration for the first paper I post here came from Inbal Orpaz, an Israeli journalist who wrote a series of articles about the underrepresentation of women in the workplace, especially in high-power positions. We all know that discrimination and stereotypes (ins...

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