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People attribute minds to robots, corpses that are targets of harm

As Descartes famously noted, there's no way to really know that another person has a mind — every mind we observe is, in a...

Subconscious mental categories help brain sort through everyday experiences

Your brain knows it's time to cook when the stove is on, and the food and pots are out. When you rush away to...

Good Intentions Ease Others’ Pain, Add to Pleasure

A nurse's tender loving care really does ease the pain of a medical procedure, and grandma's cookies really do taste better, if we perceive...

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