Mere information provision doesn’t change people’s minds. But there might be another way…

Originally posted on A Brain for Business:
How politics makes us stupid – Vox. Worth a full read – summarises an important literature on why information provision alone will not cause people to change their minds on issues they feel deeply about. Money quote: [Dan] Kahan calls this theory Identity-Protective Cognition: “As a way of avoiding…

Decision making via nonconscious cognitive processes – AKA heuristics or ‘gut instincts’

Via my Brain for Business blog, a short piece on the adaptive rationality of nonconscious decision-making processes and the work of Gerd Gigerenzer. h/t: the  HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review.

What’s it worth? The economic case for medical research

Need to argue that investment in research is economically worthwhile*? This blog provides the (latest) case. Money quote: “The authors estimate that for every pound invested in cancer-related medical research there is a direct economic return of 10 pence year on year, far in excess of the UK Government’s stated minimum threshold of 3.5 pence… Read More

Why you need lots of good quality sleep: Sleep loss affects work performance, ethics, memory and health

New post at my Brain for Business blog: Why you need lots of good quality sleep: Sleep loss affects work performance, ethics, memory and health [Sleep is hugely under-rated as a cognitive enhancer – proper sleep is a necessity for learning and memory, processes at the core of cognition. But sleep has lots more functions than enhancing cognition…]

Developmental Plasticity and the “Hard-Wired” Problem

Originally posted on Patrick F. Clarkin, Ph.D.:
“Development is the missing link between genotype and phenotype, a place too often occupied by metaphors in the past … But a strong emphasis on the genome means that environmental influence is systematically ignored. If you begin with DNA and view development as “hard-wired,” you overlook the…