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How Emotions Trick Your Brain

Published: 02nd May, 2018 at 00:00
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Lisa Feldman Barrett reveals why happiness and sadness are just an illusion.

On sale date: 2nd May 2018


Issue: 321

How emotions trick your brain

Lisa Feldman Barrett reveals why happiness and sadness are just an illusion.

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We find out how psychological profiling can turn Facebook Likes into votes.

Down on the body farm

Discover why the UK’s forensic scientists want to watch you rot.


How social media apps are designed to reel you in.

Planet Earth’s fertility problem

Plastics and pollution aren’t just bad for the environment: they could be fuelling a fertility crisis.

Beyond the silicon chip

How graphene, living chips, quantums and memristors will change computing.


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Eye opener - Fabulous images from around the world.

Discoveries - This month’s biggest science news.

Michael Mosley - Have you jumped on the dairy-free bandwagon? Maybe jump back off it…

Innovations - The coolest tech and gadgets to hit our desks. PLUS: Vive Pro virtual reality on test.

Helen Czerski - Helen ponders why trees are tree-shaped.

Out there - All the best science books and activities. PLUS: Summer festival lowdown.

Crossword - Give your brain a workout.

My life scientific - Helen Pilcher talks to Tim O’Brien about space and music.

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