Category Archives: Thinking

Beauty requires thought: Study supports philosophical claim

Does the experience of beauty require a person to think? And can sensuous pleasures, like eating or sex, be beautiful? Such questions have long preoccupied philosophers, with Immanuel Kant making the famous claim that beauty requires thought, unlike sensuous pleasure, … Continue reading

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How Homo became Sapiens – on the Evolution of Thinking

Our ability to think is one of our most puzzling characteristics. What would it be like to be unable to think? What would it be like to lack self-awareness? The complexity of this activity is striking. Thinking involves the interaction … Continue reading

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Think Fast! Take Risks! A Link Between Fast Thinking and Risk Taking

New experiments show that the experience of thinking fast makes people more likely to take risks. This discovery suggests that some of the innovations of the modern world—fast-paced movies, social media sites with a constant flow of fresh updates—are pushing … Continue reading

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Examining How Scientists Think

Nancy J. Nersessian‘s research is driven by the question “How do scientists think?” Nersessian’s research focuses on how the cognitive and learning practices of scientists and engineers lead to creative and innovative outcomes. She is a Regents’ Professor of Cognitive … Continue reading

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Training in ‘concrete thinking’ can be self-help treatment for depression, study suggests

New research provides the first evidence that depression can be treated by only targeting an individual’s style of thinking through repeated mental exercises in an approach called cognitive bias modification. The study suggests an innovative psychological treatment called ‘concreteness training’ … Continue reading

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More Than Child’s Play: Ability to Think Scientifically Declines as Kids Grow Up

Read Young children think like researchers but lose the feel for the scientific method as they age. Since the 1990s studies have shown that children think scientifically—making predictions, carrying out mini experiments, reaching conclusions and revising their initial hypotheses in … Continue reading

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