How much of what we do is driven by the automatic and the unconscious? Science has revealed that a surprising amount of our behaviour is driven by unconscious automatic systems in our brain. In fact, conscious thinking can sometimes get in the way of smooth performance. Barry Smith, Director of the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London and Nicholas Shea, Philosophy Professor at King's College London, present a new research project bringing together philosophy, psychology and neuroscience to explore the purpose of consciousness.
This animation shines a light on those quirks of our psychology that make it hard to change our (and other people’s!) behaviour. Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin explains the four personality ‘tendencies’ and their respective strengths and weaknesses.
Dexter Dias QC has identified ten ‘types’ of human behaviour; ten deeply ingrained evolutionary drives, which provide tools for decoding the best and worst that humans do.
Cognitive scientist Hugo Mercier and his colleague Dan Sperber have made waves with the surprising results of years of research – that our power to reason has nothing to do with accuracy or truth-seeking.