News this week of a human to human brain interface. This was one person moving another person’s finger by thought power across the University of Washington Campus. The internet used to be a way to connect computers – now it’s a way to connect brains.
Guilt is also contagious – you can catch it just from sitting on a chair someone guilty has been on. A new study demonstrates ‘moral transfer’ between people – shaking hands with an exam cheat or sitting on a chair a thief has used bring up negative emotions in us.
But on the positive side – altruism and generosity may be instinctual in people. Maybe it’s survival of the kindest rather than fittest. Mathematicians are showing that selfish strategies don’t succeed in evolution. It applies to people, social insects and even viruses and bacteria, the mathematicians say.
If you’re one of those mature people who worries that every time you lose your glasses you’re getting Alzheimers….some good news. Age related memory loss is different to Alzheimers, and may be treatable. Memory loss associated with a deficiency of a protein in the hippocampus, and its reversible, and distinct from Alzheimers say Columbia University researchers.