Are narcissists born or made? Colloquially, narcissism often refers to the pursuit of personal gratification through the admiration of others, often for pretty superficial or vain reasons. Narcissism becomes a pathology when it disrupts relationships, work, financial affairs, or other parts of your life. Narcissistic Personality Disorder, then, is defined as “mental condition in whichContinue reading “How Does Someone Become a Narcissist?”
Category Archives: Neuroscience
Are Some Animals ‘More Conscious’ than Others?
In recent years, debates about animal consciousness have moved on from the question of whether any non- human animals are conscious to the questions of which animals are conscious and what form their conscious experiences take. How can we make sense of variation in consciousness across the animal kingdom? Animal consciousness research rests on theContinue reading “Are Some Animals ‘More Conscious’ than Others?”
Why Do Humans Experience Time Elastically?
Why does time fly when we’re having fun? Our sense of time may be the most basic foundation for all of our experience, but it’s an unsteady and subjective one, expanding and contracting, speeding up and slowing down. Emotions, music, everything in our surroundings, and shifts in our attention, all have the power to changeContinue reading “Why Do Humans Experience Time Elastically?”
Is Being Bored Making Us More Violent?
It will be a long time before we understand what exactly the pandemic lock down has changed us. Will we be more socially awkward? Will we start to store some canned food and toilet paper in case of emergency? Will it always feel super weird from now on to get on an airplane? In theContinue reading “Is Being Bored Making Us More Violent?”
Is a Spider’s Web Part of its Brain?
With the help of their webs, spiders are capable of planning, learning, and other complex cognitive tasks, challenging our ideas of intelligence. Earlier this year, biologist David Robson published an essay explaining a new extraordinary king of consciousness. A consciousness found in spiders that allows their minds to extend beyond their bodies. Spiders are basicallyContinue reading “Is a Spider’s Web Part of its Brain?”
The Brain’s On and Off Switch for Good Parenting
From an evolutionary perspective, the goal of any organism is to pass genetic material into future generations. We’re “wired” for procreation, but until now, what that exactly that wiring looks like has been opaque. Last week, Harvard biologist Catherine Dulac won the Breakthrough Prize for discovering the neural circuits that drive parenting behavior. For theContinue reading “The Brain’s On and Off Switch for Good Parenting”