George Connor Thorpe

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Why your smart friends can seem like such slackers

People who like to use their brains are a lot less physically active than people who don't, according to research published this month in the Journal of Health Psychology.<p>Now, you may think this isn't terribly surprising. Smarter people are probably more likely to go to college and take jobs that …

12 signals our body sends to tell us we are too stressed

Our body is an incredibly complex machine that reacts not only to external changes but to internal ones too. Dr. Susan Babel, a psychologist who …

Self-help

How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

We’d all like to learn how to read people like Sherlock Holmes. And research shows understanding things like body language is even more powerful than …

Why Do Our Minds Wander?

Sometimes the mind wanders. Thoughts pop into consciousness. Ideas or images are present when just a moment before they were not. Scientists recently have been turning their attention to making sense of this.<p>One natural picture of the phenomenon goes something like this. Typically, our thoughts and …

Consciousness