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Face blindness – when you can’t recognise a familiar face

Last month, Kate Szell was judged the winner of the Wellcome Trust’s science writing prize in category B for “anyone with a non-professional interest, including undergraduates”. More than 640 articles were submitted in total, with the top 20 judged by a panel consisting of neuroscientist Sophie …

The Weird Science of First Impressions

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past five years of working as a journalist it’s that success can come down to the two seconds after you first meet someone.<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked TNW Conference …

Bankers in Study Find Honesty Elusive With Jobs on Mind

What is it with bankers?<p>Bank employees, when primed to think about their finance-industry jobs, are more likely to cheat, researchers found in a …

Motivational posters: do they actually work?

I recently went to the gym for the first time in months, because my inability to climb the two flights of stairs to my office without needing to be defibrillated was becoming annoying.<p>It was while desperately grappling some infernal contraption like I’d just fallen into the workings of Big Ben that …

Why do we only worship 'real' works of art?

Generations stand in wonder at the cast courts of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The east court reopens later this month, burnished and refurbished, with Michelangelo's David buffed up and every monument cleaned of darkening decades of dirt. In the west court, Trajan's column is next to …

This is your brain trying to be funny

Scientists claim to have detected the first stirrings of neural activity that flicker across the brain when a person thinks up a joke.<p>The signature points to what the researchers call the “neural genesis of a joke” and involves areas of the brain that deal with associations between disparate ideas …

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes.<p>"Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what was there," says Andrew Parker, a biologist at London's Natural History Museum who studies the evolution of color.<p>Simple animals …

The Four Types of Sleep Schedules

A new study suggests that some people are neither "owls" nor "larks"<p>Erwin Schrödinger, the Nobel-prize-winning Austrian physicist, was able to make major contributions to the fields of quantum mechanics, general relativity, and color theory during his lifetime. There was only one caveat: He was not …

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Royal Society books shortlist: Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik – review

From chocolate to Samurai swords, a fascinating take on the sensory and social dimension of materials<p>Pop a piece of dark chocolate in your mouth, says Mark Miodownik, and “for one blissful moment you will be in thrall to the most deliciously engineered material on Earth.” If you resist the urge to …

Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind

Procrastinate often? Caroline Williams does, so decided to find out if brain training could tackle her wandering mind. What she discovered could help everyone.<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge …

The Psychology of Language: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk

One of the things I fuss about a lot (especially at Buffer) are words—very simple words, in fact. Should it say “Hi” or “Hey?” Should it be “cheers” …

Dysprosody: When You Can't Stress Words or You Can't Stress Words

What's the difference between telling people they <i>shouldn't</i> do something and telling them <i>they</i> shouldn't do something? If you have dysprosody, nothing. …

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart rates increase and palms sweat. I know this to be true because instead of enjoying the movie myself, I am measuring the brain activity of a dozen viewers. …

5 Beloved Traditions Invented to Make You Buy Stuff

<b>By Rebecca Zerzan</b><p><i>Here's how some beloved traditions came about, including diamond engagement rings and the ubiquitous green-bean casserole.</i><p>1. Rudolph …

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Wall Street's Brightest Minds Reveal The Most Important Charts In The World

Business Insider Here they are: the most important charts in the world.<p>A lot has changed since the last time we published this collection back in July.<p>The economic situation in Europe has deteriorated, the unemployment rate in the US has fallen below 6%, and the Fed looks poised to conclude its …

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

How does a sunset work? We love to look at one, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her eighth-graders to really think about it, to wonder and question.<p>So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of …

Identifying the Biases Behind Your Bad Decisions

By now the message from decades of decision-making research and recent popular books such as Daniel Kahneman’s <i>Thinking, Fast and Slow</i> should be clear: The irrational manner in which the human brain often works influences people’s decisions in ways that they and others around them fail to …

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Daniel Kahneman changed the way we think about thinking. But what do other thinkers think of him?

'He revolutionised large parts of psychology'<p><b>Steven Pinker</b> <b>is a psychology professor at Harvard University. He is frequently named one of the world's top intellectuals and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer prize.</b><p>I've called Daniel Kahneman the world's most influential living psychologist …

How To Be Efficient: Dan Ariely’s 6 New Secrets To Managing Your Time

It’s hard to be efficient.<p>Sometimes it feels like the world doesn’t make any sense. Sometimes you don’t make any sense. And sometimes it feels like …

This Guy Executed An Epic Revenge Plan On His Roommate Using Facebook's Targeted Advertising

Brian Swichkow did the only thing you can do when a friend plays a well-thought out and possibly humiliating prank on you: He got even.<p>According to Adweek, Swichkow retaliated by using Facebook Custom Audience, paying a small price to Facebook: $1.70 to be exact. But it was worth it.<p>In a blog post, …

How To Say “This Is Crap” In Different Cultures

I had been holed up for six hours in a dark conference room with 12 managers. It was a group-coaching day and each executive had 30 minutes to describe in detail a cross-cultural challenge she was experiencing at work and to get feedback and suggestions from the others at the table.<p>It was Willem’s …

58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do

In fact, we are prone to hundreds of proven biases that cause us to think and act irrationally, and even thinking we're rational despite evidence of irrationality in others is known as blind spot bias.<p>The study of how often human beings do irrational things was enough for psychologists Daniel …

You Don't Know What You're Saying

If you think you know what you just said, think again. People can be tricked into believing they have just said something they did not, researchers …

The Brain

What’s Up With That: Why It’s So Hard to Lose an Accent

Author: Nick Stockton. Nick Stockton Science<p>Date of Publication: 09.30.14.<p>Time of Publication: 2:39 pm. 2:39 pm<p>I was only going to be in France for a …