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Genes coordinating selfishness and altruism between parents and offspring

Parental care is an altruistic behavior broadly observed in nature. Altruistic parents provide their offspring with food and protection. These are costly behavior for parents, that are beneficial for the offspring's development and survival. However, parents can also be selfish. Selfish parents are interested in... click to read more

  • Min Wu | Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Views 2409
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 11, 2021
The struggle to comply with social distancing

COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our lives. To curb the virus's spread, we have tried to keep a distance from our neighbors, postpone large group gatherings, and frequently isolate ourselves at home. These social (or physical) distancing practices are at odds with the interactive nature... click to read more

  • Weizhen Xie | Postdoctoral Fellow at National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, USA
  • Stephen Campbell | Research Associate at Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
  • Weiwei Zhang | Associate Professor at Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
Views 3345
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 24, 2020
Our Unfolding Happiness

Questions about happiness are a tricky subject. As Daniel Gilbert points out in his book Stumbling on happiness, "Few of us can accurately gauge how we will feel tomorrow or next week. That's why when you go to the supermarket on an empty stomach, you'll... click to read more

  • Thomas Hills | Professor at University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Views 2896
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 11, 2020
The "reasonable irrationality" principle

So, what decisions are considered sound? Foundational theories in neo-classic economics address this question by pointing to the concept of rationality. A rational person is aiming to maximize their preferences, to de facto pursue their self-interests. According to economists, a rational person uses abstract rules,... click to read more

  • Igor Grossmann | Professor at Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Views 3591
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 26, 2020
When the girdle of social timing relaxes: Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleep

Do you know these Monday mornings when the alarm clock shakes you out of sleep way too early, and you already yearn for the next weekend, when you can finally lie in again? Actually, this illustrates a common situation in modern societies, where internally or... click to read more

  • Christine Blume | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel; Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • Marlene H. Schmidt | Graduate student at Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel; Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Views 4566
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 9, 2020