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10 Quotes for Mindful Living

Last year when my wife Stefanie Goldstein, PhD and I started The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles, our intention was to provide a space for …

Want to feel happier? Watch a film that makes you cry

Watching a tearjerker will spark a burst of happiness 90 minutes after the film has ended scientists have found<p>It is said that laughter is the best medicine, but when it comes to feeling blue, crying might be the best cure.<p>Researchers in the Netherlands videoed a group of 60 volunteers watching two …

Scientists have found another dangerous thing lack of sleep does to your brain

Persistent insomnia is even worse for you than you thought.<p>In addition to the weight gain, memory problems, inability to perform, depression, and increased cancer risk that come with sleep deprivation, it turns out that not getting enough sleep also allows neurotoxins to build up in your brain, …

Sleep

Meet the Mumbai neurosurgeons who use surgery to cure mental illness

While a majority of neurosurgeons and psychiatrists seek more research before surgery is considered to treat psychiatric disorders, a few doctors are …

Depression

A journalist who spent his career studying 500 millionaires pinpointed a success skill that anyone can develop

A common thread he noticed among the men he studied was their ability to cooperate with others — they were all likable.<p>"Success comes through the application of power, and power is attained through the cooperative efforts of other people," he wrote.<p>It's been 78 years since Hill published "Think and …

Self-improvement

11 Morning Habits That Will Change Your Life (And Make You More Creative)

<i>Your alarm clock goes off and it’s time to mindlessly shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, then head to work. Is that really all there is?</i>In …

Creativity

How Sugar Destroys Your Health & Literally Makes You Stupid

Sugar, primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is the largest source of calories in the United States today. While its mass appeal …

Miniature brain in a dish reveals an outsized secret about autism

Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism have grown a passel of miniature proto-brains in a lab, using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain's earliest days of development. From these small creations have come potentially big insights into autism, a diabolically complex …

'Mad genius' no more: the genetic link between creativity and psychosis is pretty weak

Leave Schumann alone<p>The creative mind is often baffling. Why are some people so much more imaginative than the rest of us? How do they come up with their ideas? And where does their talent come from?<p>For some, the mystery that surrounds creativity is at least partially rooted in the concept of the …

Creativity

El Chapo embodies all of America's misguided anxieties about Mexico

He exemplifies our story of Mexico as impoverished, backward, violent, dirty, dumb – a corrupt state, a failing state, a failed state<p>Americans need Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman like a machine needs grease. We don’t need the flesh and blood of the infamous Mexican drug lord, who escaped from prison for …

Mexico

We Asked a Theoretical Physicist How Time Travel in the Terminator Movies Works

We talked about everything from quantum mechanics to why Arnold has to be naked.<p>According to a Hollywood myth, the original <i>Terminator</i> came to James Cameron in a dream. By that I mean, Cameron once said he came down with a fever in the 80s and imagined a killer chrome skeleton-bot. But as for the …

Physics

'Celebrity mind game' may reveal clues to memory

<b>Researchers have used "mind games" to reveal clues about how nerve cells may change when making new memories.</b><p>The team asked 14 volunteers to view pictures of people and faces, while recording the activity of single brain cells.<p>Scientists said they spotted "dramatic" differences in nerve activity at …

Neurophilosophy

Oldest Human DNA Reveals Mysterious Branch of Humanity

The oldest known human DNA found yet reveals human evolution was even more confusing than thought, researchers say.<p>The DNA, which dates back some …

South-east Asia

Researchers Discover New Epigenetic Mechanism in Brain Cells

<b>For decades, researchers in the genetics field have theorized that the protein spools around which DNA is wound, histones, remain constant in the</b> …

Neuroscience

This cognitive bias explains why we constantly misunderstand other people

For example: Your coworker turns in a project late, and you assume he's a slacker. The next week, you turn in a project late, and you tell yourself it's because you were preoccupied with relationship issues.<p>Psychologists call this phenomenon the "fundamental attribution error" or the …

Psychology