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Surprisingly smart crows ace card game

Crows can remember faces and use tools. Now new research shows they also have the brain power to spontaneously solve higher-order matching …

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These Animated Cinemagraphs Are Like Living Photos

We’ve written about moving photography a couple of times, but we’re extra impressed with Strasbourg-based photographer Julien Douvier‘s cinemagraphs that depict the living, breathing aspects of both city life and nature. Parts of the image remain quietly still, while others (like a river current or …

The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds

<i>“Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind,”</i> I wrote in reflecting on the 7 most important things I learned in 7 years of <i>Brain Pickings</i>. It’s a conundrum most of us grapple with — on the one hand, the awareness that personal growth means transcending our smaller selves as we …

Take A Nap! 5 Secrets That’ll Make You Happier And Smarter

For many of us, more hours of shut-eye at night just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Is there anything we can do? Yes.<p><b>Naps. Wonderful, glorious naps.</b><p>…

Scientist Prove DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies

Only 10% of our DNA is used for building proteins, while the other 90% are called “Junk DNA”<p>Russian researchers, however, convinced that nature was …

The piano said ‘play me’ so she did. Bohemian Rhapsody on street piano

This piano said play me, so she did.<p>Shaqaila Uelese played a rough cover of Bohemian Rhapsody on a piano in the streets of Napier, New</b> …

36 Lessons I’ve Learned About Habits

I’ve learned these lessons the hard way.<p>I struggled to quit smoking in the early 2000s, failing seven times before finally succeeding in late 2005. I …

Self-improvement

Why Trees Are Even More Awesome Than You Think

Would it surprise you to learn that, like animals, trees communicate with each other and pass on their legacy to the next generation?<p>In this …

Watch Music Bring Back Memories for Alzheimer's Patients

How songs can help people whose minds are deteriorating.<p>One day in 2006, New York social worker Dan Cohen realized that with today's devices, all of his favorite music—he's a fan of '60s rock—is at his fingertips, but he might no longer be able to listen to it if he winds up in a nursing home when …

Utah Is Ending Homelessness By Giving People Homes

By: Amanda Froelich,<p>It seems a tragic paradox that there are more empty houses in the United States than there are homeless people, yet 1,75,000 …

2 Months Later, This Toddler Is Still Napping With His Puppy

A few months ago we wrote about Beau, his puppy Theo, and the adorable naps they liked to take together. Although the two pals are growing bigger …

21 Furniture Ideas for Pet Lovers And Their Furry Friends

When we furnish our apartments or homes, it’s easy to forget our animal companions. Getting furniture just for your cat or dog might be a bit …

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57 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up How We Think

From attentional bias — where someone focuses on only one or two of several possible outcomes — to zero-risk bias — where we place too much value on reducing a small risk to zero — the sheer number of cognitive biases that affect us every day is staggering.<p>Understanding these biases is key to …

How to Hone Your Creative Routine and Master the Pace of Productivity

We seem to have a strange but all too human cultural fixation on the daily routines and daily rituals of famous creators, from Vonnegut to Burroughs to Darwin — as if a glimpse of their day-to-day would somehow magically infuse ours with equal potency, or replicating it would allow us to replicate …

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

<i>“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,”</i> William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, <i>”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like</i> …

Mind and Cosmos: Philosopher Thomas Nagel’s Brave Critique of Scientific Reductionism

<i>“The purpose of science is not to cure us of our sense of mystery and wonder,”</i> Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky famously noted, <i>“but to constantly reinvent and reinvigorate it.”</i> And yet, we live in a media culture that warps seeds of scientific understanding into sensationalist, definitive headlines about …

2 Easy Ways To Increase Willpower — Courtesy Of The Cookie Monster

Willpower Is Destiny<p>Haven’t we all heard of Mischel’s Marshmallow Self-Control Test by now? If not, here’s a quick summary:<p>Stick a little kid alone …

The Art of Cleanup: Ursus Wehrli Playfully Deconstructs and Reorders the Chaos of Life

As a longtime fan of Swiss artist and comedian Ursus Wehrli’s playful crusade to organize the world, I was thrilled for the English release of <b>The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy</b> (<i>public library</i>). From bringing new meaning to ordering the cosmos to arranging alphabet soup in alphabetical …

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How to Easily Heat Your Home Using Flower Pots Tea Lights

Wanting to cut costs on the energy bill, especially now that temperatures are dropping for the season? Economics may be one reason to seek more …

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

A picture is worth a thousand words, but not all pictures are created equal. The pictures we usually feature on Bored Panda can be cute, beautiful, …

Top 10 FBI Behavioral Unit Techniques For Building Rapport With Anyone

Robin Dreeke is head of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program.<p>In his book It’s Not All About “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for …

Shake: Slow Motion Photos Of Dogs Shaking Their Heads Published As Book

Just yesterday, award-winning U.S. photographer and animal trainer Carli Davidson published her book “Shake.” The much-awaited photo collection …

RSA ANIMATE: Changing Education Paradigms

The Foundation Of A Good Relationship

There are many theories about what makes a good and lasting relationship. In our present age, where romance seems to dominate the way we look at a …

10 Psychological Studies That Will Change What You Think You Know About Yourself

Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think. As Charles Dickens once put it, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …