Ph.D Work at Yale Validating Intuition

Joy Hirsch, Ph.D. neuroscientist at Yale University has scientifically studied intuition.

“…scientists who study the phenomenon say it’s a very real ability that can be identified in lab experiments and visualized on brain scans. Read the article below to verify findings regarding your gut feelings, plus surprising ways to tune in to your body’s signals and tap the inner powers of your mind.”

And please check your gender bias at the door just because it’s a female Ph.D.

Here is the article;  Science backing intuition

Here is another one that is a little more white coat, cold hard laboratory stuff that some people think is transcendent.  Here is the “Significance”;


The role of intuition versus deliberation in human cooperation has received widespread attention from experimentalists across the behavioral sciences in recent years. Yet a formal theoretical framework for addressing this question has been absent. Here, we introduce an evolutionary game-theoretic model of dual-process agents playing prisoner’s dilemma games. We find that, across many types of environments, evolution only ever favors agents who (i) always intuitively defect, or (ii) are intuitively predisposed to cooperate but who, when deliberating, switch to defection if it is in their self-interest to do so. Our model offers a clear explanation for why we should expect deliberation to promote selfishness rather than cooperation and unifies apparently contradictory empirical results regarding intuition and cooperation.

Here is the abstract.

Intuition, deliberation, and the evolution of cooperation

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


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