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.
But when researchers actually study happiness, they find some surprising quirks. For example, you might suppose that great news like winning the lottery, dropping 20 pounds, or getting a new job would
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
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.” “Wow.” My 17-year-old looked at me in disbelief.
More generally, optogenetics refers to any method for communicating with cells using genetics plus optics—and that can mean observing cell activity, not just turning a neuron on or off. Nongenetic approaches,
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 effects
He says addiction is "not a disease" -- and recognizing that may be the first step to better treating it. The prevailing view that addiction is a disease, just like depression or diabetes, is wrong, according
If you are not familiar with David Eagleman’s work, you are missing out on some seriously fascinating stuff. Eagleman, a neuroscientist at the Baylor College of Medicine, is the author of the bestselling
Putting on headphones to regulate emotions may not always be beneficial. Listening to music is aform of emotional self-care that many of us turn to every day, without much conscious thought. The streaming
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
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. Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just
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. This story is part