“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 […]

MRI brain scan highlights the insula, one of the areas of the brain that is reduced in volume in subjects with Conduct Disorder. Brain scans of teenage boys with severe antisocial behaviour have revealed differences in the structure of the developing brain.

Brain scans of aggressive and antisocial teenage boys with conduct disorder (CD) have revealed differences in the structure of the developing brain that could link to their behaviour problems…the brain differences were present regardless of the age of onset of the disorder, challenging the view that adolescence-onset CD is merely a consequence of imitating badly […]