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A leading theory about how consciousness works may be wrong

Until now, it had been widely accepted that conscious thought requires complex, sustained and widespread brain activity, while the mind's unconscious workings involve much shorter and simpler processes.<p>However, the paper, which appeared in the journal Cortex, seems to show that some of the …

Consciousness

How Your Beliefs Can Sabotage Your Behavior (And What You Can Do About It)

There are many reasons why it can be hard to stick to good habits or develop new skills. But more often than not, the biggest challenge is sitting between your two ears.<p>Your mind is a powerful thing. The stories you tell yourself and the things you believe about yourself can either prevent change …

5 science-backed habits that lead to long-term happiness, regardless of your genes and upbringing

But when researchers actually <i>study</i> happiness, they find some surprising quirks.<p>For example, you might suppose that great news like winning the lottery, dropping 20 pounds, or getting a new job would make you happy.<p>And it does — briefly. But it's only a spike.<p>(If that <i>sentence</i> makes you less happy, …

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

Dark Matter

4 surprising ways science is battling aging

It takes 70 or 80 years to get really good at the whole business of being alive, and no sooner does that happen than mortality begins looking your way, tapping its watch and discreetly reminding you that there's a line waiting for your table.<p>It's the job of aging—and the multiple diseases that …

The psychological benefits of gratitude closely mirror those of meditation

Recently, I was watching television with my son when an ad came on for a cell phone company. The tagline for the ad said, “Get ready for Thanksgetting.”<p>“Wow.” My 17-year-old looked at me in disbelief. “It kind of seems like they are missing the point.”<p>I still am not entirely sure how we were …

Mindfulness

Science Shows How Crossing Your Arms And Legs Can Hugely Change Your Brain

The human brain is fascinating and mysterious. It rules our very existence.<p>We can participate in a number of actions and activities to enhance our …

The Brain

Does Your Stomach Actually Grow or Shrink Based on How Much You Eat?

Changing your eating habits is difficult. Change, period, tends to suck. But we've got good news: If you can make it five weeks eating smaller, …

Holistic Medicine

Your brain cells can now be turned on and off like a bedside lamp: A new discovery in optogenics

<b>(Alex Mit via Shutterstock)</b><p>Two neuroscientists from MIT and Stanford have won a Breakthrough Prize for their revolutionary work in the field<p>Simon Makin<p>November 14, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Optogenetics is probably the biggest buzzword in …

Neuroscience

Why the placebo effect is getting stronger

The placebo effect is strange—and it’s getting stranger. A sugar pill—if not revealed to the patient—can sometimes heal. Over the past two decades, a lot of clinical trials are showing that the sugar pill’s effects are getting stronger.<p>In a new study, published in the journal Pain, researchers …

Immune System

Why Nature is Good for Our Brains

Gardening, hiking, bird watching, or just walking outdoors not only makes us feel better, it may keep our brains healthier.<p>We know the benefits of …

Why you often believe people who see the world differently are wrong

In psychology they call thinking that you see the world as it truly is, free from bias or the limitations of your senses, naive realism.<p>According to …

Neuroscientist And Former Addict Explains What We Get Wrong About Addiction

He says addiction is "not a disease" -- and recognizing that may be the first step to better treating it.<p>The prevailing view that addiction is a disease, just like depression or diabetes, is wrong, according to a leading neuroscientist.<p>Marc Lewis, the author of <i>Memoirs of an Addicted Brain</i> and <i>The</i> …

Mental Health

How Do You Make Decisions? Not The Way You Think

If you are not familiar with David Eagleman’s work, you are missing out on some seriously fascinating stuff.<p>Eagleman, a neuroscientist at the Baylor College of Medicine, is the author of the bestselling <i>Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain</i>. He is also writer and presenter of the new six-episode …

Will Power

Four cognitive biases which mean you can't trust your instincts

How many times have you made a decision based on a hunch?<p>People often say they have “a feeling” about something before making a decision, or that …

Not Just Brain To Body: Researchers Discover That The Heart Sends Signals To The Brain

I'm in!<p>A group of prestigious and internationally recognized leaders in physics, biophysics, astrophysics, education, mathematics, engineering, …

Is It Harmful to Use Music as a Coping Mechanism?

Putting on headphones to regulate emotions may not always be beneficial.<p>Listening to music is aform of emotional self-care that many of us turn to every day, without much conscious thought. The streaming service Spotify, well aware of this, offers a collection of “Mood” playlists, from “Anthems of …

Is Your Tongue The Key To A Neuroscience Breakthrough?

We know that the brain is neuroplastic — adapts to changes in behavior, environment, thinking and emotions — and may even rewire itself in certain ways. Life experience also teaches us that the tongue is a learning tool that shapes our brain. During early development, babies test everything by …

U.S. Army

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

Genetics

The Neuroscience of Superfluidity

Consciousness means "the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings." Since the days of René Descartes and John Locke, philosophers have …