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Researchers Discover 'Idiosyncratic' Brain Patterns in Autism

<b>Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been studied for many years, but there are still many more questions than answers. For example, some research into</b> …

A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh has opened heads, cut into brains and performed the most delicate and risky surgeries on the part of the body that controls everything — including breathing, movement, memory and consciousness.<p>"What is, I think, peculiar about brain surgery is it's so dangerous," Marsh …

Anxious people have one big thing in common when it comes to an important social skill

People are pretty good at judging whether a crowd is friendly, but anxious people may be worse at this task, a new study finds.<p>The research, which was presented Monday at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, could point toward a better way to diagnose anxiety and other mental-health …

14 free online personality tests that'll help point you in the right direction

There's something wonderful about personality tests — the idea that you can put yourself into a category (or categories), just like that, is so …

Why does walking through doorways make us forget?

Forgetting why you entered a room is called the “Doorway Effect”, and it may reveal as much about the strengths of human memory, as it does the weaknesses, says psychologist Tom Stafford.<p>We’ve all done it. Run upstairs to get your keys, but forget that it is them you’re looking for once you get to …

Behavioral Sciences

Horror movies do something strange and incredible to your brain

That's a powerful effect.<p>Think of the last time you jumped, yelped, or gasped during a horror film.<p>"Usually when we're watching something we've shut down the motor regions of the brain, and yet those stimuli [from a shocking scene] are so strong that they overcome the inhibition to the motor …

Why We Act Irrationally: A Harvard Psychologist Reveals the One Word That Drives Our Senseless Habits

It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen Langer and her research team at Harvard University were about to conduct a …

How Confirmation Bias Affects You Every Single Day

What would you think if your best friend, who texts you almost daily, hasn’t been in contact for over a week. Let’s say that you’ve texted, emailed, …

How Personality Traits Tip Over Into Mental Illness

Disorders like depression and ADHD may be genetically linked to personality traits.<p>Psychologists are aware that personality can factor into mental health ― for example, perfectionism leading to clinical depression and anxiety disorders ― but the relationship between certain personality traits and …

10 Things That Don't Make Sense To Introverts

A loud, crowded party? Hard pass.<p>Introverts are falsely known for being standoffish or preferring their own “personal bubble” ― but there’s so much more to being a “quiet” type than that.<p>To love an introvert is to know them (and, yes, respect their space). That means accepting their little quirks. …

Introverts: You Can Fake Being Outgoing at Work. Here’s How

Introverts: Remain calm. You are fantastic — smart, observant, focused, responsible, flexible — all-around, a joy to work with. This title does not mean we think you should change your personality, because you shouldn’t. We need you, and to be honest, an all-extrovert world sounds utterly …

A leading procrastination expert reveals which personality types tend to put stuff off

If you're impulsive, disorganized, or consider yourself a perfectionist, Pychyl says you might not be knocking out tasks in a timely fashion.<p>Pychyl is an associate professor at Carleton University. He has been studying procrastination for the better part of two decades, which makes him perhaps the …