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How much consciousness does an octopus have?

What about an iPhone? And how much consciousness can we meaningfully ascribe to someone in a coma?<p>Animals ranging from parrots to elephants continue …

Consciousness

12 mind tricks that will make people like you and help you get ahead

Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the brain's natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you encounter.<p>None of these tricks are deceitful or disingenuous, except for number six, and I trust that you'll only use that one with good reason.<p>As soon as you become …

Self-help

This Graphic Explains 20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making

We all make bad decisions sometimes, but have you ever wondered what mental obstacles can lead you astray? This infographic goes over 20 of the most …

Critical Thinking

5 TED Talks That Will Help You Understand--and Improve--Your Brain | Inc.com

Without it you couldn’t keep breathing, let alone reading this column. Yet how often do you think about your own brain–how it works, what it needs, and how it could work better? Your brain is both the most important and least understood organ in your whole body. But in these fascinating TED Talks, …

TED Talks

Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level - MIT Technology Review

It’s been almost 20 years since IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat the reigning world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, for the first time under …

Machine Learning

10 Ways It Pays Off To Be A Jerk

In today’s world, we are often taught that being kind and respectful is the right way to get what we want. After all, the Golden Rule does state to …

Psychology

6 Facts You Should Know About Introverts That Have Significant Leadership Implications

Much has been written about the differences between introverts and extroverts. Susan Cain’s book <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking</i> provides the single greatest source of data compiled on the differences between introverts and extroverts (at least that I’ve found) and …

Personality

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

University of Oxford

How to tell if someone is lying

For those of us that aren't in that camp, lying can be one of the most confusing, least understood parts of human nature.<p>The Ashley Madison incident prompted lying expert Paul Ekman, Ph.D. to send us a list of the 8 myths about lying.<p>Ekman is famous for his research on lying. The television series …

Psychology

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Grammys<p>Turtlenecks and gold chains as far as the eye can see.<p>18 Photos1 day agoView More<p>Best of GQ<p>John Jeremiah Sullivan contemplates the secret, …

Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results

Of 100 studies published in top-ranking journals in 2008, 75% of social psychology experiments and half of cognitive studies failed the replication test<p>Psychology experiments are failing the replication test – for good reason<p>A major investigation into scores of claims made in psychology research …

Psychology

Charismatic leaders bad for business, says psychologist

JASON DORDAY/stuff.co.nz<p>International social scientist and psychologist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, talks about what makes good business leaders and why …

Populist personalities? The Big Five Personality Traits and party choice in the 2015 UK general election

<i>To what extent are decisions at the ballot box driven by a voter’s personality? In this article, James Dennison examines the association between</i> …

Extroverts Sparkle, Introverts Glow: What You Bring To The Dating Game

My best friend in high school was a pretty, outgoing, talkative extrovert. Not only did she have gorgeous skin, a cute figure, and shiny brown hair that fell practically to her bottom, she was also flirtatious, opinionated, and quick to laugh. Boys were irresistibly drawn to her, and it seemed to …

Empathy

Why Introverts Make Better Business Leaders | Inc.com

When making the case for introverts, <i>Inc.</i> contributing editor Geoffrey James puts it most eloquently: "The business world is full of loser extroverts who never get anything done because they're too busy shooting the bull."<p>Originally coined in 1921 by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, the word …

Psychology

The world’s first true “smart drug” enhances cognition and is deemed safe by health experts

Most people looking for a cognitive boost in the morning reach for a cup of coffee or tea. But all caffeine really does is lift up your mood and improve focus, and that is why it isn’t considered a “pure cognitive enhancer.”<p>There is, however, a real contender for that title: modafinil (also sold as …

The Brain

Two Types of Narcissism and How to Tell the Difference

The two types of narcissist present very different problems in relationships and very different realities about the prospects for change. Here’s how …

This Firefighter Lost 30 Pounds, Added Muscle—and Got Faster

See how “hybrid training” can give you speed, endurance, and more power.<p><i>This article orginally appeared on Men's Health.</i><p>A year ago, Jonathan Montgomery, a 37-year-old firefighter with the Hillsborough County Florida Fire Rescue, was overworked, overweight, and sluggish. “I was strong, but slow and …

Fitness

How Can I Know Anything at All? BBC Animations Feature the Philosophy of Wittgenstein, Hume, Popper & More

How did everything begin? What makes us human? What is the self? How do I live a good life? What is love? We've all asked these questions, if only …

Philosophy