As workload increases and artificial lights abound, Americans are expected to work around-the-clock, depriving themselves of one of the body’s most vital needs: sleep. The National Geographic documentary Sleepless in America elaborates on the detrimental health consequences provoked by lack of sleep and provides compelling arguments for why we should put in the extra effort to rest at least six to eight hours per night.
A search to answer the question “why can’t we tickle ourselves?” leads to a surprising insight into the human brain.
Modernization of mental healthcare has shifted patient information from purely psychosocial to more heavily biological. However, a recent study conducted by researchers at the Yale Thinking Lab suggests that psychosocial explanations for mental illness actually elicit greater clinician empathy, and might thus be more effective after all.
People have accepted tears of joy as commonplace for years, but Yale postdoctoral associate Oriana Aragón seeks to understand the science behind them.
Yale researchers have discovered that societal perception of the elderly has become increasingly negative over time. This trend could adversely affect the health of the older generation.
With government and corporations controlling the many aspects of our lives, it’s important to understand how we perceive groups. Professor Joshua Knobe’s latest research attempts to illuminate how we attribute mentalities to group agents in comparison to individuals.
Drawing from ideas sociology, psychology, economics, and biology, and utilizing tools from applied mathematics and computer science, Professor David Rand studies the basis of why organisms cooperate. The Yale Scientific Magazine speaks with Professor Rand to find out how he works, his other interests, and more.
For opioid addicts, it’s all too tempting to give the drug one more try. A heroin euphoria—temporary warmth, dulled senses, painlessness—slips away after 10 or 15 minutes, abandoning the addict to several days of withdrawal symptoms that could fade with the easy pleasure of one more dose.
Many people wish they had the memory of fictional detective Cam Jansen, who can remember scenes so vividly and so accurately, it is as if she is looking at a photograph. As amazing as this ability is in helping Cam Jansen solve mysteries, evidence suggests that it is not possible in real life.
Recently, the Nonhuman Rights Project fought for legal personhood for a 26 year-old chimpanzee named Tommy. The case relates to current research on primate genetics, cognition, and emotion.