Beverly Placide

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How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias

<i>“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope,”</i> Helen Keller wrote in her 1903 treatise on optimism. But a positive outlook, it turns out, isn’t merely an intellectual disposition we don — it’s a deep-seated component of our evolutionary wiring and the product …

Does speaking a second language really improve cognition?

It’s become accepted as fact that learning two languages improves brain function. New studies indicate otherwise<p>Simon Makin<p>January 4, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>The idea that learning to speak two languages is good for your brain has come to be …

Linguistics

Creative people’s brains really do work differently

What makes highly creative people different from the rest of us? In the 1960s, psychologist and creativity researcher Frank X. Barron set about finding out. Barron conducted a series of experiments on some of his generation’s most renowned thinkers in an attempt to isolate the unique spark of …

Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist

Movies and television shows often portray therapy for an emotional or mental illness as lying on a couch in an office while pouring out your heart to …

The Science of Smiling

When we are happy, our natural response is to smile. But if you flip that around, does the reverse hold true? When we smile, is our natural response then to be happy? Science says yes.<p>When we are happy, our natural response is to smile. But if you flip that around, does the reverse hold true? When …

Botox

Can A Parasitic Worm Make It Easier (Or Harder) For A Woman To Conceive?

The giant roundworm looks a lot like an earthworm. It's pinkish, up to a foot long and can live for two years.<p>Right now, the worms are living comfortably in the small intestines of about a billion people worldwide. They're the most common worm infection in humans. The worms typically don't cause …

Immune System

This Cosmologist May Have Found Evidence of a Parallel Universe

Scientists have examined a great cosmic glow in the sky, and at least one cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology thinks he has found …

How to learn 30 languages

Some people can speak a seemingly impossible number of tongues. How do they manage it, asks David Robson, and what can we learn from them?<p>Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, …

Language Learning