What a mask brawl on Nextdoor reveals about the human brain

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A long fight about face masks broke out on the Nextdoor app. It reveals how the emotional brain can bulldoze rational thought. Photo by Nextdoor.com.

A fight about masks on Nextdoor is typical of pandemic tensions. What’s not typical is that everyone in this fight agrees on the importance of wearing masks. KCRW talks to USC neuroscientist Jonas Kaplan about the psychological and emotional traps we fall into when wrestling with tough issues.



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