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Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Walking Between Worlds: How a Shaman Experiences Reality, and What That Means for Mental Health

—“You know there’s no cure for that,” a therapist once told me in discussing my PTSD diagnosis. Yeah, thanks for that, Helpy Helperton. “Oh, but you …

"Octonion" Math Could Underpin Physics

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Burned Virginia Teen Is a Reminder to Stay The Hell Away From Giant Hogweed

Photos reveal extensive third-degree burns caused by the plant's sap.<p>Not many plants have emergency hotlines you can call if you happen across them, …

These Gravity-Defying Hills Are One of The Strangest Natural Phenomena We've Seen

Where cars drift uphill.<p>Scattered across the world are a number of bewildering 'mystery spots' that appear to defy gravity - places where cars seem …

How I improve my writing without actually writing anything

To get better at anything you need deliberate practice and discipline. Without consistency no skill can be sustained or attained.<p>You must be …

Creative Work

10 things I learned by writing 2000 words a day and 60000 in a month

So the story goes like this, One day I decided that I need to have my own blog.<p>So before launching my website, I decided that I must write 30 …

Writing

The Story of Bowlby, Ainsworth, and Attachment Theory

Attachment theory is focused on the relationships and bonds between people, particularly long-term relationships, including those between a parent …

'Where do I fit in?': Meghan Markle's struggle to accept herself as mixed race in a divided America

<b>When Meghan Markle says “I do” to Prince Harry next month, she will single-handedly drag the royal family into the modern world.</b><p><b>Not only is she an</b> …

Can This Neuroscientist Solve the Autism Puzzle?

“I think of it as the Mount Everest of disorders.” Karen Parker is speaking about autism, a condition that the United Nations estimates affects up to …

What Happens After Death? New Theory Suggests Consciousness Moves To Another Universe

A book titled “<i>Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe</i>“ has stirred up the internet, because …

Autism-Related Brain Changes May Begin in the Womb

The growing body of research about the causes of autism continues to point toward pregnancy and delivery as moments when the brain changes associated with the disorder can occur. Earlier this week, a study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reporting that inducing …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Can you learn in your sleep? Yes, and here's how

Sleep is known to be crucial for learning and memory formation. What's more, scientists have even managed to pick out specific memories and …

Brainwaves

Your Elastic Mind

Not long ago, if we wanted to take a trip, we'd check out a guidebook or two, get AAA maps, and call the airline and hotels, or we'd talk to one of …

LSD Brings Your Brain to the Edge of Chaos

This new LSD study is like an acid trip all on its own.<p>One Saturday in 1964, neurologist Oliver Sacks took a bit of amphetamines, LSD, a “touch” of cannabis, faced a white wall in his home, and said “I want to see indigo now—now!”<p>“And then,” he wrote in the New Yorker in 2012, “as if thrown by a …

No one noticed when this man’s speech was fed to him by a 12-year-old. Welcome to the Cyranoid Illusion

Imagine if the words that came out of your mouth were spoken by another person. Would anyone notice? This idea was explored by social psychologist …

Did everyone 3,000 years ago have a voice in their head?

Today, plenty of us talk to ourselves, but relatively few of us hear voices. According to one psychologist, as little as 3,000 years ago it was the …

Brain overload explains missing childhood memories

Scientists -- and parents -- have long wondered why we don’t remember anything that happened before age 3. As all parents know, no matter how momentous an event is in a toddler’s life, the memory soon drifts away and within months there isn’t even a wisp of it left.<p>Now a new study shows that …

Yes, Your Toddler Really Is Smarter Than A 5-Year-Old

Parents, does your 18-month-old seem wise beyond her years? Science says you're not fooling yourself.<p>Very small children can reason abstractly, researchers say, and are able to infer the relationships between objects that elude older children who get caught up on the concreteness of things.<p>In …

Kaggle Learn review: there is a deep learning track and it is worth your time

Right from my undergrad days when I was starting out with machine learning to this date, my admiration for Kaggle continues to grow. In addition to …

Want to Remove Yourself From Toxic Situations? Try This Decades-Old Japanese Art"

Save and read this every time you find yourself in a toxic situation.<p>You are stuck and frustrated, sinking into the black hole of your circumstances. No matter what you do, you keep falling back into this quagmire of negative energies and thoughts, from which there is seemingly no escape. These …

Is all that holiday drinking hurting your brain?

For many, the holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Families and friends come together and enjoy food, good cheer — and often, …

Neuroscience

How Building 1 Keystone Habit Can Transform Your Life

Making significant change in your life can be as easy as starting each day with a glass of water. No...really.<p>This is the time of season where gym membership enrollment goes through the roof. I am sure self-help books are flying off the shelves right now too. We are telling ourselves that this is …

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

This Italian Family Feels No Pain, And Scientists Finally Understand Why

A real-life superpower.<p>Scientists have identified a mysterious genetic mutation that effectively negates the sensation of pain, enabling people with …

To Unlock the Brain’s Mysteries, Purée It

One day in June 2012, at São Paulo’s international airport, Suzana Herculano-Houzel hauled two heavy suitcases onto an X-ray-machine conveyor belt. As the luggage passed through the scanner, the customs agent’s eyes widened. The suitcases did not contain clothes, toiletries or any of the usual …

Scientists Successfully Use Hypnosis to Trigger Color-Number Synesthesia

The strange phenomenon may not be completely hardwired.<p>Synesthesia is an extraordinary neurological condition in which a person simultaneously and …