What’s on your mind? A sneak-peek of your wandering thoughts
If you get a glimpse into all the thoughts you’ve had today, it will likely reveal pockets of time when they were focused on your ongoing task (for example when you rush through an assignment to meet a deadline); when they aimlessly wandered from one... click to read more
No need to stress when the dissertation deadline approaches
At most universities, students are supposed to write a dissertation at the end of their studies. Previous studies suggest that students perceive writing such dissertations as stressful. Such perceptions are dependent on a process called cognitive appraisal - the subjective reaction to what happens around... click to read more
Brain activity of conservatives and liberals diverge while watching the news
People with different political beliefs are often said to ‘see’ different realities. For example, in the United States, conservatives and liberals are sharply divided about the threat of COVID-19 and the extent to which the pandemic is under control. Why are there such stark differences... click to read more
Can placebos make you feel better?
Imagine you are feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed. You go to your doctor and ask for ways to manage these feelings. Instead of giving you anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication, which has many side effects, they tell you about a new treatment option: taking a placebo... click to read more