Category archives: Psychology

Between science and fascination:  An interview with Dr. Nancy Segal

Between science and fascination: An interview with Dr. Nancy Segal

EvolutionGeneticsPsychology

By Ignacio Amigo

How does the Zika virus cause microcephaly? Why do some people develop schizophrenia or mental disease while others don’t? Is our sexual orientation hardwired in our genes? As seemingly unrelated as these questions might sound, they can all be addressed using the same scientific tool: twin siblings. Nancy Segal (Boston, 1951) has been chasing twins […]

Bilinguals and the theory of mind

Bilinguals and the theory of mind

NeurosciencePhilosophy of sciencePsychology

By José Ramón Alonso

Theory of mind is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, knowledge, etc.— to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions, and perspectives that may be different to ourselves. Attributing thoughts to others allows one to predict or explain their actions, and to posit their intentions. It enables one […]