The Media’s Climate Change Misinformation Campaign

The recent surge of attention surrounding anthropogenic climate change (APC) has resulted coverage by various media outlets and influenced social, business, and political actions. The climate change issue is fundamentally scientific at its core, yet the news that is reported and the opinions that are broadcasted reveal the political and social biases continue to manipulate the information. In order for …

The Neuroscience of Design: Eye-tracking Studies Predict Consumer Choices

Whether it is what someone clicks on in their social media feed or what someone chooses to buy from a vending machine, consumers are incredibly difficult to predict because humans are different from each other. Although consumers’ choices have long been regarded as puzzling mysteries, researchers have begun harnessing eye-tracking data to calculate an algorithm to quantify the nature of …

The Neuroscience of Aggression: Why Humans are Drawn to Violence

A detailed analysis of aggressive behavior in our modern world, in conjunction with an examination of human history, reveals that our species has a significant, deeply complex connection with violence. Every year, approximately 1.6 million people across the world die because of violent behavior and conflicts, and many more are injured or gravely affected [1]. Even beyond real life violence, …

False Memories: Impact on Justice Systems

Since the first DNA exoneration in 1989, 312 convictions have been overturned [1]. Nearly 75 percent of the cases were determined based on faulty eyewitness testimonies, and one-third involved two or more incorrect recollections [2]. Each exoneree, an average of 27 years old upon conviction, served around 13.5 years in prison [1]. Furthermore, 18 exonerees served time on death row, …

Scientific Illiteracy: An Analysis of America’s Silent Epidemic

Every week, millions of people around the world tune into the show “Cosmos,” presented by Neil Degrasse Tyson, which compiles scientific discoveries and theories spanning from our own planet to the known universe, and presents them to the viewer in a seamless flow of visuals and commentary from Tyson himself. Thirty-four years prior, astrophysicist and science popularizer Carl Sagan presented …

Narrative Inquiry: Why Your Story Matters

“Our curse as humans is that we are trapped in time; our curse is that we are forced to interpret life as a sequence of events – a story – and when we can’t figure out what our particular story is, we feel lost somehow [1].” Douglas Coupland, Player One: What Is to Become of Us Everyone has a story. …