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25 Historical Pictures Of Women Who Had The Ovaries To Take On Life

Forget having the "balls" to do something. We all know that this is what the expression should *really* be.<p><i>This post was translated from Spanish.</i>

Women's History

How a Brain Researcher Discovered the Fountain of Youth in a 93-year-old Athlete

Olga Kotelko helped researchers discover just how beneficial exercise is for the brain.<p>Aga Burzynska is rock climbing on a bluff outside Fort Collins, CO, as she often does. While she reaches for craggy fingerholds in the veined surface, Burzynska, a neuroscientist, calculates and recalculates, her …

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 …

Teaching

What Do High Heels Say About Conformity?

It may not surprise you to know that heel heights vary by U.S. state — they're higher in flashier states like Florida, lower in more conservative …

It actually feels good to fight conformity - Futurity

If you find yourself surrounded by people you disagree with, remember this study: Cardiovascular responses show that bucking conformity is …

The Psychopathology of Donald Trump

[This column was originally published by Truthdig.]<p>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 National Convention, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg openly questioned the GOP …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading-- a lot.<p>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 reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Literature

Architects Are Designing Buildings for the Age of Mass Shootings

More buildings are being designed to make people feel safe.<p>Architect Aaron Betsky is not a fan of the Freedom Tower.<p>The 1776-foot-tall building, officially called 1 World Trade Center, is a contemporary behemoth in the New York City skyline, and the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere. …

Milgram's Conformity Experiment Revisited in Lab and on Stage

A conversation following a play about the famous Milgram experiments about conformity and authority included mention of a just-published new version …

How Nazi's Defense of "Just Following Orders" Plays Out in the Mind

In a 1962 letter, as a last-ditch effort for clemency, Holocaust organizer Adolf Eichmann wrote that he and other low-level officers were “forced to …

Do You Tip Here? The Power of Compliance and Acceptance

What is the psychology behind giving extra money to those who provide goods and services? Let’s talk about compliance and acceptance.<p>Social …

Psychology

A Better Kind of Happiness

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 it sprang from hedonism, the pursuit of sensual pleasure. Others argued from the perspective of …

What Freudian slips really reveal about your mind

Do our verbal stumblings unveil our unconscious desires – or are they simply an innocent glitch in the brain’s workings? BBC Future investigates.<p>It was 1988 and the then-vice president, George H. W. Bush, was on a routine visit to Idaho. He was supposed to give a dry speech on agricultural policy …

Psychology

Your Brain Is On Autopilot More Than You Think–Here’s How To Wake It Up

It isn’t that we’re making bad decisions. More often, we aren’t even aware there’s a decision to make.<p>Wednesday. Hump Day. The part of the week when we’re over the hill and begin sliding toward the weekend. If hitting midweek feels even a little bit better than slogging through Monday or Tuesday …

Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer's proteins from brain cells - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

LA JOLLA — Salk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can …

This Is What Food Does To Your Brain

Mind your food, friends!<p>Dr. Seuss once said, "You've got a brain in your head and feet in your shoes, you can eat any food you choose!"<p>Well, he actually said "steer yourself in any direction you choose," not "eat any food," but that's how we like to interpret it.<p>In all seriousness, thought, what …

Nutrition

Nine Prayers for the Not-Yet Married

Singleness can be a long, lonely, and confusing road, especially when it’s unwanted. Through most of my twenties, I felt like I was <i>born</i> wanting to be …

Loneliness

Researchers May Have Just Discovered What Really Makes You Happy

Hint: It's not money, success or puppies. (Sorry.)<p>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 some time with your dog.<p>In reality, it's none of these things. However, researchers do believe …

Happiness

6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

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 tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

This Totally Counterintuitive Mind Trick Will Make You Much Happier

Chasing happiness usually backfires. Try this instead.<p>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 make yourself miserable, according to a …

Facebook's effects on teenagers' brains revealed in UCLA study

The same parts of the brain activated by winning money and eating chocolate is activated when teenagers see large numbers of social media "likes" on …

The Beautiful Chaos of Crashing Waves

Australian photographer Luke Shadbolt has traveled the world chasing waves.<p>For the past five years, Shadbolt has been shooting surf and underwater …

Hormone Causes Decline in Cognition After Social Stress

<i>Summary: Researchers explore how stress can influence our cognitive performance.</i><p>Source: Max Planck Institute.<p><b>How does stress influence our cognitive</b> …

How a Street Artist Secretly Painted an Urban-Scale Mural in Cairo

All over the world street artists have become famous by surreptitiously adding swabs of paint or wheatpaste to city walls. But the most remarkable …

One simple practice that will dramatically increase your emotional intelligence

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.<p>But we get into trouble when we let emotions rule those reactions. For example, how do you typically respond when:<p>You read an email that implies you dropped the …

Emotional Intelligence

Is Donald Trump Too Old to Be President?

The oldsters in the presidential race might be exceptions to the rule, but science says brain function often declines noticeably at that age.<p>If the polling numbers for the primaries have the voters’ blood pressure spiking, imagine what it’s doing to the presidential candidates themselves. Actually, …

The Brain

Effective Yoga Stretches For Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief

Yoga

Rare Pictures of Frida Kahlo’s Childhood Taken by her Father

Well known for her self-portraits, artist Frida Kahlo has also been the subject of portraits during her life. Rare pictures of her childhood were …

Art