discovery of a new neural circuit in the brain that directly links the site of fear memory with an area of the brainstem that controls behavior.

“discovery of a new neural circuit in the brain that directly links the site of fear memory with an area of the brainstem that controls behavior.”  = fear memories trigger fight, flight, freeze instantly…..no time to think, feel, decide, etc. esp no “cognition.”

“when we make risky choices, it is primarily because of the failure of our control systems to stop us.”

A new study correlating brain activity with how people make decisions suggests that when individuals engage in risky behavior, such as drunk driving or unsafe sex, it’s probably not because their brains’ desire systems are too active, but because their self-control systems are not active enough.

“people’s minds are less efficient when they feel they lack something — whether it is money, time, calories or even companionship”

We don’t think anybody is perfectly rational, and there’s no reason to think the poor are terribly pathological or unusual in any special way. What if we just think about them as confused and biased, as we all are, and that when you make those mistakes in the context of poverty, the consequences are much […]