Is the Brain Really Like a Computer? With Age Comes Wisdom, plus more weekly links


A selection of recent behavioral science news, articles, and resources of note:

  • Ninety-nine billion capabilities but being a computer ain’t one. Current discussion of the brain’s processes relies on an information processing metaphor. But recent neuroscience research calls into question the idea that the brain is a computer, revealing the brain is incapable of even basic computer tasks such as storing memories. (Aeon)


Image: Samuele Ghilardi

  • You should listen to your grandma. Anil Ananthaswamy explores the research on wisdom, which, it seems, does come with age. (Nautilus)
  • What does science’s replication crisis mean? Eric Bradlow, a quantitative social scientist, explores the benefits of replicating experiments, even when they fail. He finds beauty in the mistakes—”The process is never ending and there will always be more things to uncover.” (NPR’s Hidden Brain)
  • The ability to gain the hearts of their followers is a quality all great leaders share. Claudio Ranieri, the coach of the underdog soccer team, Leicester City, certainly captured the hearts of his players, the fans, and even the world. He and his team overcame 5,000 to 1 odds (the same odds as Elvis being found alive) to capture the prestigious English Premier League title. What else can we learn about leadership from Ranieri’s remarkable triumph? (The Psychologist)


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