Olga Kotelko helped researchers discover just how beneficial exercise is for the brain. Aga Burzynska is rock climbing on a bluff outside Fort Collins, CO, as she often does. While she reaches for craggy
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
[This column was originally published by Truthdig.] Does Donald Trump only say crazy things, or does he say crazy things because he actually is crazy? In a speech delivered on the third day of the Democratic
I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading--a lot. But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than blogs
More buildings are being designed to make people feel safe. Architect Aaron Betsky is not a fan of the Freedom Tower. The 1776-foot-tall building, officially called 1 World Trade Center, is a contemporary
Nearly two and a half millennia ago, Aristotle triggered a revolution in happiness. At the time, Greek philosophers were trying hard to define precisely what this state of being was. Some contended that
Do our verbal stumblings unveil our unconscious desires – or are they simply an innocent glitch in the brain’s workings? BBC Future investigates. It was 1988 and the then-vice president, George H. W. was
It isn’t that we’re making bad decisions. More often, we aren’t even aware there’s a decision to make. Wednesday. Hump Day. The part of the week when we’re over the hill and begin sliding toward the weekend.
Mind your food, friends! Dr. Seuss once said, "You've got a brain in your head and feet in your shoes, you can eat any food you choose!" Well, he actually said "steer yourself in any direction you choose,"
Hint: It's not money, success or puppies. (Sorry.) Do you know what makes you joyful? Maybe you think it's a vacation, a promotion or a new car. Perhaps it's a night in with your spouse, a good book or
The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us
Happiness is an important life goal for a lot of people, so we should spend a lot of time thinking about how to be happy, right? Actually, no. Thinking a lot about happiness is a pretty surefire way to
This is often a good thing. Think about it: Good reflexes can help you avoid a car accident or jump to a friend's aid without hesitation. But we get into trouble when we let emotions rule those reactions.
The oldsters in the presidential race might be exceptions to the rule, but science says brain function often declines noticeably at that age. If the polling numbers for the primaries have the voters’ pressure