Neurotypica

"We should be able not only to predict what rats will do in a maze... but what a man will do under the complex conditions of everyday life".

Clark L. Hull, Psychological Review (42).

Feeling, acting, and thinking, it all goes through the brain: the answer to many questions. This collection is about that funny little object.

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Honey-bees are smarter than they should be.

March 29, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Every now and then, the tiniest creatures show glimpses of the highest-orders of cognitive ability. What I mean by that is—there are plenty of animals that do very clever stuff they really shouldn't be able to do, given the way we currently conceptualise cognition. This doesn't just raise questions about how they do it, but also what really makes humans different.

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On attraction and love

March 13, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Much is written on the subject of attractiveness. It has become synonymous with beauty. Attractive celebrities, attractive influencers, attractive art. And through this myopic lens, attraction becomes something ugly. Something that people have or do not have. Something to be jealous of. Something to be torn down. But it doesn't have to be. It can actually be something very beautiful indeed.

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Avoiding the scientific ego problem

June 15, 2019 by Dorian Minors

Science is often an egoistic pursuit. Something about developing a theory seems to inject an arrogance into the method which can lead to a relentless pursuit of a theory in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary. This hurts us, but it doesn't have to.

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Alert - IQ scores are meaningless

January 11, 2019 by Dorian Minors

The Intelligence Quotient, or IQ, is commonly considered a representation of your raw intelligence. At least, that’s the folk wisdom. But the folk wisdom is wrong.

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Learned helplessness is darker (and less understood) than you think

May 3, 2018 by Dorian Minors

As a psychological theory, 'learned helplessness' has an even worse origin story than the grittiest Batman reboot you can imagine. But the story also has a deeper meaning that's often lost in the telling.

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Why your unconscious isn't the bad guy

January 24, 2018 by Dorian Minors

The idea that humans are on autopilot a lot of the time is not new psychological research, and it's probably not new to you. So many of the self-improvement soundbites that are written and rewritten in our feeds and on our Pinterest boards revolve around the idea that freedom comes from unchaining ourselves from the routines of the everyday. But, something very valuable gets lost in these pithy reminders.

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