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We're Only Human

Wray Herbert

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We're Only Human

We're Only Human

Wray Herbert

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We're Only Human is written and recorded by Wray Herbert for the Association for Psychological Science. For more insights into the quirks of human nature, visit the blog at www.psychologicalscience.org/onlyhuman.

Latest Episodes

You've Got to Feel the Zero

Most of us pay small prices in hopes for a big pay off in the future. It could be amassing college debt or sacrificing sleep to hit the gym. But not everyone is as focused on the future as gym rats and students. How can some of us see a particular tradeoff as advantageous, while others of us see precisely the same deal as foolish?

5 min2018 OCT 23
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You've Got to Feel the Zero

Neurons of Recovery

Everyone makes mistakes but not everyone learns from them. New research looks at two regions of the brain responsible for recognizing mistakes and helping us correct them. It turns out that that some peoples brains are more vigilant than others.

5 min2018 OCT 23
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Neurons of Recovery

Primed for Ripeness

Fresh. Young. Ripe. What do those words bring to mind? For most people, the image is a pleasant one. New psychological research argues that we have an innate preference for living things in their peak, and the reason extends as far back as our earliest ancestors.

7 min2018 OCT 23
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Primed for Ripeness

Polling the Crowd Within

They say two minds are better than one, but why? Psychologists have explored this phenomenon of group intelligence and found that the key to finding the correct answer lies somewhere in the middle.

4 min2018 OCT 23
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Polling the Crowd Within

"And I Feel Like I've Been Here Before"

A third of us report having had a deja vu experience. Today there is scientific consensus that deja vu is nothing more than a false memory experience. But why does it occur? New insights into the mechanics of memory and cognition are helping to answer that question.

4 min2018 OCT 23
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"And I Feel Like I've Been Here Before"

Nature at a Glance

Close your eyes and imagine you are standing in a field of flowers. What do you notice? The wispy clouds, the subtle brushing of the grass, the stream in the distance. Or, like our ancestors, are you focused on your next meal or the quickest escape route? It's remarkable how fast the mind sees what it needs to see.

4 min2018 OCT 23
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Nature at a Glance

How to Handle the Math

In the classroom, children are taught basic arithmetic by counting on their fingers. While this simple gesture may seem rudimentary, new research suggests gestures of any sort may actually enhance learning.

4 min2018 OCT 23
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How to Handle the Math

In the Eye of the Storm

We've all seen pictures of Hurricane Katrina survivors waiting on rooftops and rowing through the flooded streets of New Orleans. These striking images raise the question, "Why did these residents stay behind?"

4 min2018 OCT 23
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In the Eye of the Storm

The Myth About Binge Eating

Laboratory research has shown that indulging in a single bite of forbidden food can lead a dieter astray. But a recent study suggests that, in a real-life setting, one bite is actually just a temporary detour.

3 min2018 OCT 23
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The Myth About Binge Eating

"I am a Lovable Person." "Not."

Many of us repeat positive statements, such as "I am a lovable person," to boost our confidence and morale. But do these self-affirmations really work?

4 min2018 OCT 23
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"I am a Lovable Person." "Not."
the END

Latest Episodes

You've Got to Feel the Zero

Most of us pay small prices in hopes for a big pay off in the future. It could be amassing college debt or sacrificing sleep to hit the gym. But not everyone is as focused on the future as gym rats and students. How can some of us see a particular tradeoff as advantageous, while others of us see precisely the same deal as foolish?

5 min2018 OCT 23
Comments
You've Got to Feel the Zero

Neurons of Recovery

Everyone makes mistakes but not everyone learns from them. New research looks at two regions of the brain responsible for recognizing mistakes and helping us correct them. It turns out that that some peoples brains are more vigilant than others.

5 min2018 OCT 23
Comments
Neurons of Recovery

Primed for Ripeness

Fresh. Young. Ripe. What do those words bring to mind? For most people, the image is a pleasant one. New psychological research argues that we have an innate preference for living things in their peak, and the reason extends as far back as our earliest ancestors.

7 min2018 OCT 23
Comments
Primed for Ripeness

Polling the Crowd Within

They say two minds are better than one, but why? Psychologists have explored this phenomenon of group intelligence and found that the key to finding the correct answer lies somewhere in the middle.

4 min2018 OCT 23
Comments
Polling the Crowd Within

"And I Feel Like I've Been Here Before"

A third of us report having had a deja vu experience. Today there is scientific consensus that deja vu is nothing more than a false memory experience. But why does it occur? New insights into the mechanics of memory and cognition are helping to answer that question.

4 min2018 OCT 23
Comments
"And I Feel Like I've Been Here Before"

Nature at a Glance

Close your eyes and imagine you are standing in a field of flowers. What do you notice? The wispy clouds, the subtle brushing of the grass, the stream in the distance. Or, like our ancestors, are you focused on your next meal or the quickest escape route? It's remarkable how fast the mind sees what it needs to see.

4 min2018 OCT 23
Comments
Nature at a Glance

How to Handle the Math

In the classroom, children are taught basic arithmetic by counting on their fingers. While this simple gesture may seem rudimentary, new research suggests gestures of any sort may actually enhance learning.

4 min2018 OCT 23
Comments
How to Handle the Math

In the Eye of the Storm

We've all seen pictures of Hurricane Katrina survivors waiting on rooftops and rowing through the flooded streets of New Orleans. These striking images raise the question, "Why did these residents stay behind?"

4 min2018 OCT 23
Comments
In the Eye of the Storm

The Myth About Binge Eating

Laboratory research has shown that indulging in a single bite of forbidden food can lead a dieter astray. But a recent study suggests that, in a real-life setting, one bite is actually just a temporary detour.

3 min2018 OCT 23
Comments
The Myth About Binge Eating

"I am a Lovable Person." "Not."

Many of us repeat positive statements, such as "I am a lovable person," to boost our confidence and morale. But do these self-affirmations really work?

4 min2018 OCT 23
Comments
"I am a Lovable Person." "Not."
the END
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