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How complaining rewires your brain for negativity

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable -- such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast -- complaining isn't good for you.<p>Your brain loves …

A Princeton psychology professor told me a truth about human behavior that's both fascinating and sad

There are tons of cognitive biases that affect our daily decision-making.<p>There's the halo effect, which explains why we think physically attractive …

Obesity alters brain structure and function

It’s not just your waistline that suffers as you put on weight. Researchers are beginning to find puzzling new links between obesity, memory loss and dementia<p>Lucy Cheke and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge recently invited a few participants into her lab for a kind of ‘treasure …

The Brain

No Need For An App--Here Are 4 Smarter Ways To Train Your Mind

Brain-training games are fun, but they may not actually make you smarter.<p>It's the end of the day, you have no idea where the day went, and you still have a day's worth of work to do. If only you could get more done in the day--if only your brain worked faster! We've all had these thoughts. In fact, …

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

The Brain

31 Psychological Defense Mechanisms Explained

In our last article, <i>Defense Mechanisms: Psychological Techniques We Use to Cope With Anxieties</i>, we looked at the way in which the psyche deals with …

Psychology

How to Transform Your Stress Into Insane Productivity, According to Harvard Psychologists

Stress is sometimes unavoidable — here’s how to turn it into your best friend.<p>We know that stress is bad for us, and that it causes everything from …

7 memory skills that will make you smarter

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."<p>"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues. ... If you're good at …

The Brain

Here's How You Can Plant Feelings In People's Heads, Neuroscientists Show

It's not quite "Inception," but it's fascinating nonetheless.<p>Planting new emotions in unwitting people’s minds is probably nothing short of a superpower. And scientists have done just that.<p>Using a relatively new brain-training technique known as neurofeedback, scientists at Brown University were …

The Brain

20 Scientific Truths About Success (Some May Surprise You)

Sometimes the reality of what creates success can be quite different from what you've been taught.<p>We all grow up dreaming of what we will become. Visions of grandeur are commonplace, because when you are a kid, you have nothing but time and pure hope.<p>But as we age, the messages we get about success …