How the brain builds a sense of self from the people around us – new research

How does the brain distinguish between the "self" and the "other"? A new study gives a clue.

Sam Ereira, Postdoctoral researcher of Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL • conversation
today ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience social-psychology fmri cognitive-psychology self human-brain

Humanizing the coronavirus as an invisible enemy is human nature

Thinking of SARS-CoV-2 as an invisible enemy with an evil personality and humanlike motivations is a natural offshoot of the way people evolved to anthropomorphize so as not to overlook threats.

Stewart Guthrie, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Fordham University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus anthropology sars-cov-2 viruses cognitive-science faces anthropomorphism david-hume cognitive-psychology

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