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The 6 Stages of Behavior Change

Anyone who has ever made and broken a New Year’s resolution can appreciate the difficulty of behavior change. Making a lasting change in behavior is …

Self-help

Antidepressants work, but for children there's a better way

Pills may help adults, but most depression has its roots in our early years, and helping children who are struggling could stop it before it begins<p>Sian was just 14, brought by her misery to the edge of self-harm, when I met her in a cafe at the top end of one of the old mining valleys. Neutral …

Mental Health

These Antidepressants Are Most Effective, Study Says

Millions of people take antidepressants for depression. But there’s long been debate over just how effective the medications actually are. On …

Depression

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

Physicists Say They've Created a Device That Generates 'Negative Mass'

Say what?<p>Physicists have created what they say is the first device that's capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative …

This Incredibly Tiny Probe Can Record Brain Activity Like We've Never Seen Before

It will change what we know about the brain.<p>The more detail we can get on the inner workings of the brain, the better our chances of understanding …

Neuroscience

The Concept of Schizophrenia Is Coming to an End – Here's Why

"The syndrome is already beginning to breakdown..."<p>The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have …

Schizophrenia

High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It

“There’s no team without trust,” says Paul Santagata, Head of Industry at Google. He knows the results of the tech giant’s massive two-year study on team performance, which revealed that the highest-performing teams have one thing in common: psychological safety, the belief that you won’t be …

Psychology

The concept of schizophrenia is coming to an end – here's why

The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have been fatally wounded by psychiatry, the very …

Schizophrenia

Researchers Have Discovered the Mechanism for Memory Retrieval

Where Memories Form<p>New research suggests that the subiculum, a part of the hippocampus that is rarely studied, is central to the memory retrieval …

Neuroscience

You can build one of these tiny backyard offices in less than a week for under $7000

Austin-based Sett Studio designs tiny offices that take conventional workspaces to task. These micro-offices can be used for a variety of …

Design

The 20 Cutest Dog Breeds That Don't Shed

Whether you can't stand picking fur off your clothes or suffer from severe canine-induced allergy attacks, don't count out dog ownership just yet. …

Low-cost wooden home has all its plans available for free

Open and airy<p>If you ever saw a bare-bones wooden house and thought, <i>Hey, I could roll with that</i>, you’re in luck: The architects of this fab pared-back dwelling in France have made all building plans and other relevant documents available to download for free here. Appropriately named Open Source …

Science reveals what happens to your body and brain when you get drunk

Alcohol consumption has been a part of human civilization for thousands of years. But while we have a general understanding of alcohol's effects — most people can recognize when one more drink is one too many — the specifics of what happens to your body as you get drunk are fairly complicated.<p>We've …

Alcohol

Are Your Brain Cells Safe? Doing Drugs, Stress And More Ways To Kill Them Off For Sure

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have a limited supply of brain cells. Sure, the majority of them grow early in life, but some areas of the brain …

The trick to persuading people you’re right, according to experimental psychology

It’s an old trope that humans don’t like change—especially when it comes to their opinions. Ancient Greek philosophers complained about the masses refusing to heed their advice. Scholars spearheading the scientific revolution in the 17th century bemoaned their predecessors’ stubbornness. And today, …

75-square-foot micro home packs in all the essentials

The Ecocubo is clad in cork and lined with particle board<p>Another micro-living solution has arrived, courtesy of Ecocubo, a Portuguese concept. Measuring just 7 square meters, or approximately 75 square feet, the tiny cubic structure, which is sustainably constructed, of course, is clad in cork and …

What happens to your brain when you give up sugar

Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have.<p>My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania -- the "Chocolate Capital of the World" -- doesn't help either of us.<p>But Andrew is braver than I am. Last year, he gave …

Nutrition

Renovated cave ruin makes for a surprisingly cozy modern home

Courtyards, arches, and a light tunnel<p>Over in the Loess Plateau in Shanxi, China, the traditional cave dwelling got a modern makeover courtesy of Chinese architecture studio hyperSity Architects. The striking home takes over a barrel-vaulted recess in the earth, and comprises a combination of new …

US Scientists Have Cautiously Backed Permanent Gene Editing in Humans

A brave new world.<p>In a controversial move, a senior US scientific committee has given the green light to one of the most contentious forms of genome …

Genetics

Sleep Meditation for Energy Healing

This beautiful sleep meditation will help you drift to sleep with the power of your own positive healing energy. So that you can wake up feeling …

Meditation

This Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh Will Help You Let Go of Hate and Become More Compassionate

If you’re anything like me, you’re bothered by all of the uncertainty and tension in politics. Since the election of Donald Trump, there seem only to …

Meditation

Preschoolers' Personality Traits May Be 'Contagious' Among Peers

The way kids' personalities develop may have more to do with their peers than their parents, according to a new study.<p>My 3-year-old is stubborn like I am; she's also very sweet and lovable like my husband. But now, new research out of Michigan State University and published online in the <i>Journal of</i> …

Parenting

We've Been Wrong About Where the Brain Processes Language for 141 Years

Where word salad is really made.<p>The map of where and how the brain processes speech has been modified again. Researchers from Northwestern University just published a paper in the journal <i>Brain</i> wherein they demonstrate that the famous Wernicke's area, thought to be the center of language …

Linguistics

The Science Of Gender: No, Men Aren't From Mars And Women From Venus

Testosterone Rex is extinct.<p>That's the central conclusion of a fascinating new book by University of Melbourne psychologist Cordelia Fine. Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society hit the bookstores Tuesday.<p>"Testosterone Rex" is a nickname for the view that women and men are essentially …

Psychology

10 design tips to help create your dream home office

Find a space and make it your own - no matter how small it is, you'll be happier and more productive if you love your work space.<p>When starting a …

10 Mysterious Facts About the Pineal Gland

René Descartes once described the pineal gland as “the principal seat of the soul.” Though medical knowledge has vastly progressed since then, here …

This prefab London backyard studio is as cool as a custom cottage

This modern garden studio outside London looks totally custom, but it’s not. The cedar-clad structure, which does double-duty as a home office and …

Why bees could be the secret to superhuman intelligence

A tool inspired by swarming insects is helping people predict the future - making groups of people smarter than their members are by themselves.<p>Louis Rosenberg thinks he has found a way to make us all a lot smarter. The secret to this superhuman intelligence? Bees.<p>Rosenberg runs a Silicon Valley …

Artificial Intelligence