In the last episode of Season 1 we learn all about one of the weirdest but most important of all human brain-oddnesses: pluralistic ignorance. When you think something and lots of other people also think that thing but none of you think anyone else agrees with you, so nothing changes. Got that?
Dave is joined by Professor Deborah Prentice from Princeton University to get his noggin around this deeply human trait. On the menu: just how common is it that we think we’re alone in an idea when...
Being alive can be a lonely business, as can trying to do something about climate change. But how important to our brains is connecting with others? And in our individualised world, might we be hugely undervaluing the importance of interpersonal connection in helping society take meaningful and effective action on climate change?
Joining Dave this week is coach, facilitator, and expert in the growing field of positive psychology, Alison Crowther. Alison works to encourage deeper...
Food: yum! It keeps us alive and keeps our brains healthy (or unhealthy, all-too-often). And the food that we eat - what it is and where it comes from - is one of the most important things we're going to have to get right when it comes to climate change.
Kind of a problem then that there are very few things about which we're quite so uppity and strange. Food is drenched in cultural meaning, status, and individuals' neuroses, associations and family history.
So what is our...
In this debut episode of Your Brain On Climate, Dave talks all things RISK with Dr Adam Corner (@ajcorner).
How do our brains understand risk? Are we still part jittery lizard, and if so which part? How do we - individually and as a society - decide what's risky enough to do something about? What can we learn from the wretched pandemic? And what can all of that teach us about the fact that while there's a climate emergency going on, it's not being treated like one?
Dr Adam Corner is an...