Experts who study the way we think and make decisions say that it can be more than politics driving our decision-making this year. The unprecedented nature of the pandemic undermines how we process… Open at source
5 min read · 2020-03-27 · In a lockdown, we can see the essence of politics is still what Hobbes described: some people get to tell others what to do, says David Runciman, professor of politics at Cambridge University
8 min read · Jul 20th · The most vital quandary of mental health disorders and therapies today is not whether they change the brain but how
their GP will usually either offer them an antidepressant drug or put them on a waiting list for psychological therapy. These treatments are somewhat effective: each treats depression successfully in about half of cases. The problem is, there is currently no way to tell whether someone would be more likely to get better after therapy or after drugs (or a combination of the two).
A brain-based approach to mental health disorders might also help us invent new treatments.
A crucial scientific challenge of our era will be measuring the cognitive and biological changes occurring in mental health on an individual level, and mapping out their relationships with treatment outcomes.