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You are Not Living in Reality Because Your Brain Doesn’t Want You To

Every cognitive bias exists for a reason—primarily to save our brains time or energy. I’ve spent many years referencing Wikipedia’s list of cognitive …

Critical Thinking

Losing sleep: Lack of sleep can hurt grades, health, happiness | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis

There are reasons you will want to skip sleep your first year at college: That exam, that party, that all-night conversation with the floor mate who …

What a Bad Decision Looks Like in the Brain

Economics hasn’t been able to explain irrational choices. Can neuroscience?<p>Humans often make bad decisions. If you like Snickers more than Milky Way, it seems obvious which candy bar you’d pick, given a choice of the two. Traditional economic models follow this logical intuition, suggesting that …

Humanity

Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

Research proves there are ways to learn new skills and concepts with speed and ease.<p>Whether it’s a new technology, a foreign language, or an advanced skill, staying competitive often means learning new things. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers have taken a course or sought additional training to …

Take a step inside the classroom of tomorrow

When you cast your mind back to the days of school, you probably think of dusty textbooks, graffiti and chewing gum, lessons that were both boring …

This is the best scientific argument that your brain isn't a computer

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. The central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Singularity

Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas

<b>A new brain map, based on multiple scans of more than 400 individuals, has carved the "cortex" into 180 different compartments - 97 of which are new.</b><p>This crumpled outer layer of the brain is home to our advanced cognition, perception and movement.<p>It has been mapped in various ways for centuries, …

The Man Who Woke Up From a Coma With Memories of Another Person’s Life

Most of the time, when memory conflicts with reality, it’s in the little things: Your keys are somehow on the floor even though you <i>know</i> you left them …

The Brain

The mind isn’t locked in the brain but extends far beyond it

Where is your mind? Where does your thinking occur? Where are your beliefs? René Descartes thought that the mind was an immaterial soul, housed in …

Consciousness

How Do We Improve Our Working Memory?

Our working memory refers to the ability to recall as well as process information, and is a type of memory that plays an important role throughout …

The Brain

Use your eyes, voice -- and thoughts -- to replace passwords

From CNET Magazine: Password protection is so last century. Take a look at the future of security.<p>I'm sitting in an office at the University of California, Berkeley with an electrode strapped to my head. A black headband holds a connector to my forehead and presses another to my earlobe, beaming my …

Google is making its educational tools more powerful

Students will be able to cast their screens to the teacher's projector<p>It’s no secret that Google’s Chromebooks have seen the most success in the classroom, and have quickly become the de facto education computer in the US thanks to their low cost and easy management. Today, Google is announcing new …

Meet 'Medical Minecraft,' An Educational Experience Powered By IBM Watson

IBM's Watson gained global fame as a “Jeopardy!” master that beat former all-time winner Ken Jennings at his own game. While the superprogram is no …

New Fitbit-style smartphone app aims to help reduce number of university dropouts

The Independent is reporting that a new smartphone app is aiming to help reduce the number of university dropouts and enhance students’ learning …

How Stories Told Of Brilliant Scientists Affect Kids' Interest In The Field

Researchers found that students perform better in science where they read stories about how famous scientists struggled rather than when they read stories about what those scientists achieved.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>So if I asked you to name a few famous scientists, maybe you would say Albert …

Albert Einstein

3 Ways to End Technology Distraction

Not feeling yourself lately? Lacking motivation at work? Losing patience with people? Before making a drastic change in your life, read on, because the problem and solution may be simpler than you think.<p>In fact, the better, more relevant question to ask ourselves may be, how often do we check our …

Productivity

This Professor Enrolled as an Undercover Student

Mike Cross describes what motivated him, what secrets he learned, and how hard many community-college students have it.

College & University
Psychology

Reading on computer screens changes how your brain works, scientists say

Reading on computer screens and smartphones has made people unable to fully understand what they are reading as our brains retreat into focusing on small details rather than meanings, a study claims.<p>Researchers found that those who filled in forms, read short stories or studied using computer …

Humanity

How to Be More Knowledgeable

Becoming more knowledgeable takes time and practice and everyone learns in different ways. Find out with method is most effect for you.

How To Improve Your Memory And Concentration

Your brain is like a muscle. Without going to the gym and feeding your muscles with the right food, they simply won’t grow. The same applies to your …

The Brain

The future classroom: how will technology change learning?

To imagine how different the future classroom might look, we need only think about the classroom ten years ago.<p>What was so different in 2006? There …

The Surprising Science Behind What Music Does To Our Brains

You’re probably listening to music in your headphones at work right now. Whether you are powering through your to-do list or brainstorming creative ideas, here is how the tunes you are playing affect how your brain works.<p>I’m a big fan of music, and use it a lot when working, but I had no idea about …

A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching

Bloodletting to keep the "humors" in balance was a leading medical treatment from ancient Greece to the late 19th century. That's hard to believe now, in the age of robot-assisted surgery, but "doctors" trusted lancets and leeches for centuries.<p>To Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, the college lecture is …

Pedagogy

How unconscious memory trips us up

Almost everybody's had the experience: On your day off, you pull out of the driveway —and without thinking — turn the car as if you were headed off to work. Or those times when you drop your car keys in the regular spot at home — and then not remember doing it.<p>Those moments of absentminded action …

7 science-backed tips for reading faster and retaining more

But as modern readers, it's hard to find time to spend in their company.<p>Adding to that is the fact that, even when we do find the time, it's not always a given that we'll retain what we've read.<p>But what if we could? Would you feel more confident at work? Would you start a new project? Would you be …

The Brain

Sorry, You Can’t Speed Read

OUR favorite Woody Allen joke is the one about taking a speed-reading course. “I read ‘War and Peace’ in 20 minutes,” he says. “It’s about Russia.”<p>The promise of speed reading — to absorb text several times faster than normal, without any significant loss of comprehension — can indeed seem too good …