News articles tagged with "social_science"

04/28/2015 11:00:18
Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech researchers find the brain regions responsible for making snap decisions about cause and effect.
01/26/2013 18:47:21
Douglas Smith
Getting married and moving out of your parents' house may be key to your personal economic development, but are marriage patterns key to an entire society's development as well? Professor of Social Science History Tracy Dennison tells us what love's got to do with it at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
01/14/2013 18:03:33
Marcus Woo
When offered spinach or a cookie, how do you decide which to eat? Do you go for the healthy choice or the tasty one? To study the science of decision making, researchers in the lab of Caltech neuroeconomist Antonio Rangel analyze what happens inside people's brains as they choose between various kinds of food. The researchers typically use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the changes in oxygen flow through the brain; these changes serve as proxies for spikes or dips in brain activity. Recently, however, investigators have started using a new technique that may better tease out how you choose between the spinach or the cookie—a decision that's often made in a fraction of a second.
12/12/2012 09:36:19
Katie Neith
Humans have a tendency to spontaneously synchronize their movements. For example, the footsteps of two friends walking together may synchronize, although neither individual is consciously aware that it is happening. Similarly, the clapping hands of an audience will naturally fall into synch. Although this type of synchronous body movement has been observed widely, its neurological mechanism and its role in social interactions remain obscure. A new study, led by cognitive neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has found that body-movement synchronization between two participants increases following a short session of cooperative training, suggesting that our ability to synchronize body movements is a measurable indicator of social interaction.
11/25/2012 17:21:18
Marcus Woo
A team led by Colin Camerer and Shinsuke Shimojo has found a way to predict the severity of hindsight bias and has identified a technique that successfully reduces it.
11/12/2012 00:18:16
Marcus Woo
Researchers at Caltech have found that people make speed-dating decisions based on a combination of two different factors that are related to activity in two distinct parts of the brain.
10/18/2012 06:04:16
Marcus Woo
Thanks to better voting technology over the last decade, the country's election process has seen much improvement, according to a new report released today by researchers at Caltech and MIT. However, the report notes, despite this progress, some problems remain.
10/16/2012 16:04:09
Michael Rogers
Erik Snowberg, a Caltech professor of economics and political science, is an expert on the relationship between economics and politics. With the U.S. presidential election just about a month away, he recently answered a few questions about the presidential race.
06/04/2012 19:00:00
Katie Neith

Interested in how the brain makes connections between touch and emotion, neuroscientists at Caltech have discovered that the association begins in the brain's primary somatosensory cortex.

05/09/2012 16:00:00
Marcus Woo

In sports, on a game show, or just on the job, what causes people to choke when the stakes are high? A new study by researchers at Caltech suggests that when there are high financial incentives to succeed, people can become so afraid of losing their potentially lucrative reward that their performance suffers.

01/23/2012 08:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

Our cognitive abilities and decision-making skills can be dramatically hindered in social settings where we feel that we are being ranked or assigned a status level. These findings fly in the face of long-held ideas about intelligence and cognition that regard IQ as a stable, predictive measure of mental horsepower.

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