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.

Is it Better to Learn Something in Small, Frequent Chunks of Information?

Originally posted on TIME:
Answer by Robert Frost, author of training course and manual on the learning process, on Quora It is better to learn small chunks of information, frequently, than big chunks, infrequently. I will explain by presenting several ideas from experts on learning and then combining them. In 1956, a cognitive psychologist, from…

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

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
What’s it worth, a report published today, is one of the first ever estimates of the economic gains from investment in publicly funded UK cancer research. The research was commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, Academy of Medical Sciences, Cancer Research UK and the Department of Health. Liz Allen, Head…

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…