How do we become who we are? Traditionally, people’s answers have placed them in one of two camps: nature or nurture. The one says genes determine an individual while the other claims the environment is the linchpin for development.
In the past week, a set of trippy images revealed on Google’s research blog brought the complexity of the human visual system—as simulated by an artificial neural network called GoogLeNet, developed by Google software engineers—to widespread attention.
At least, according to a recent article published in Psychological Science by Anuj K. Shah, Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan. In a series of studies, Shah and colleagues examine how scarcity—not having enough of a precious resource such as time or money—affects people’s perceptions of value.