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The Brain Exercise That Boosts Creativity

Making this simple and short exercise a part of your daily routine will help you and your business.<p>Many corporations use meditation to help employees bring new ideas to the table--Shell Oil, Google, General Mills to name a few. I think it's also important for entrepreneurs to make meditation part …

How to Make People Like You: 6 Science-Based Conversation Hacks

So you want to know how to make people like you? It’s easier than you think.<p>A while back I posted about how to master conversation skills. Here are 6 …

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Mind

4. Use All of Your Senses<p>Sensory memory consists of iconic (visual), echoic (auditory), and haptic (touch-related) memory and is usually very …

The 10 Best Apps To Train Your Brain

<i>By Perry Santanachote for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>“Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and …

How To Train Your Brain To Master Uncharted Terrain

A Leadership Coach Turned Restaurateur shares his eight principles that help him successfully navigate a dizzying list of career shifts.<p>It took me three hours to figure out exactly what Jason Watt does for a living. He’s a branding guy. He’s a leadership coach. He’s a restaurateur. Tomorrow, he …

69 Awesome Brain Hacks That Give You Mind-Blowing Powers

We don't know much about computer hacking here at Cracked, because that stuff involves numbers, but we've come across a whole bunch of different …

7 Psychology Tricks To Influence People And Get Exactly What You Want

You really can have it all. And there's a science behind getting it. These tips will help you infliuence people to do what you want them to do.<p><i>Produced By Matt Johnston.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video: On Facebook</b>

Psychology

The Neuroscience of Changing Toxic Thinking Patterns (1 of 2)

Your brain is wired to produce change, a constant in the brain, as it is in life.<p>Change involves learning, and all learning generates change in the …

The 'Circle Of Competence' Theory Will Help You Make Vastly Smarter Decisions

<i>"I'm no genius. I'm smart in spots—but I stay around those spots."</i><i><br>— Tom Watson Sr., Founder of IBM</i><p>The concept of the "Circle of Competence" has been used over the years by Warren Buffett as a way to focus investors on only operating in areas they knew best. The bones of the concept appear in his …

Self-improvement

Why we’re all so obsessed with deep learning

You might have noticed the flurry of activity lately around deep learning. It’s an approach to data analysis centered around stacks of artificial …

5 Tools for Mastering Fear

Of the many unpleasant emotions we can experience, fear may just top the list.<p>But fear is more than just physically unpleasant. Fear can also keep us from pursuing the things in life that really matter -- like following our dreams, and developing and taking care of important relationships.<p>I have …

How Mindfulness Meditation Permanently Changes Your Brain

<b>What's the Latest?</b><p>While many studies have focused on how mindfulness meditation affects newcomers to the practice, a new study out of the University …

Meditation

5 Ways Fatherhood Changes A Man's Brain

Fatherhood can change a man's life. It also changes his brain, in ways that it seems to equip dads with the very same "baby sense" that's often attributed to moms.<p>From an animal kingdom perspective, human dads are unusual. They belong to a group of less than 6 percent of mammal species in which …

Reprogram Your Brain

We live in a food-abundant environment. From break rooms to advertising, we are bombarded with food, images of food, and talk about food. For some of us, these exposures set off a chain reaction of thoughts and feelings, conflict and struggle, and sometimes overeating.<p>And it all starts with a …

4 Weird Brain Hacks That Make You a Better Person With Almost No Effort

We tend to think of our personalities as pretty set in stone. If you have always been short-tempered or shy or change-averse, you may think that it's …

How to Rewire Your Brain for Success

The latest neuroscience suggests you can literally "edit" your memory. Here's what this big breakthrough means for you.<p>The most recent edition of <i>The New Yorker</i> magazine contains an article about neuroscientists who study the way the brain retrieves memories. What they've found out is probably the …

Sanjay Gupta Shares 4 Ways To Strengthen Your Memory

By Sanjay Gupta, MD<p>When I was younger, I had little trouble rattling off lots of information—phone numbers, names, random facts—but these days, remembering anything with that level of detail seems a lot harder. It's easy to blame a forgetful mind on aging. The real culprit, however, may be a kind …

Study: An Intellectual Life Could Protect Against Dementia

Even for people with less education, mental activity in mid and late life gave them at least three years of protection against cognitive impairment.<p>As America ages, the specter of cognitive decline looms. In a 2012 AARP membership survey, 87 percent of respondents said they were extremely or very …

5 Science-Backed Health Benefits Of Hypnosis

It sounds like the work of sorcerers and scam artists, but hypnosis can play a very real role in protecting and promoting health.<p>This isn't the “You are getting very sleepy..." hypnosis you're used to seeing in pop culture references, but a clinical procedure used in conjunction with other …

7 weird things money does to your brain

<b>(Alexander Kalina via Shutterstock)</b><p>The emerging field of neuroeconomics helps explain what your brain looks like on cash. It’s not always pretty<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>July 3, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Money is packed with meaning, and it impacts our personalities, …

Would You Rather Be Alone With Your Thoughts Or Get Shocked?

Most people really don’t like being in their own heads, new research suggests. Some would even rather give themselves an electric shock instead of facing their thoughts.<p>Timothy Wilson, psychology professor at the University of Virginia (U.Va.), and colleagues from U.Va. and Harvard conducted 11 …

Creativity, the Fireworks of the Mind

A few years ago, a local teacher asked me if I would give her students a lesson on how to be more creative. Teaching creativity is something of a daunting task and all the how-to blogs and articles full of bullet points only give us a pinhole's insight into what creativity is and how to achieve …

Children Reason Differently from Adults

Editor’s note: Brain Basics from <i>Scientific American Mind</i> is a series of short video primers on the brain and how we feel, think and act. Below is a …

Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory

A team of scientists recently discovered that repetition is a terrible way to memorize information—and their findings highlight much better …

Body-Language Tricks to Make Anyone Instantly Like You

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>There's no question that body language is important.<p>And according to Leil Lowndes in her book "How To Talk To Anyone," you can capture — and hold — anyone's attention without saying a word.<p>We've selected the best body-language techniques from the …

Body Language

Infographic: Here’s How to Live a Regret-Free Life

You’ve heard about brain games that promise to boost your cerebral prowess, but Happify’s “science-based” games and activities profess to bolster emotional strength. It takes only two months, according to the company’s website, for 86% of Happify members “get happier.”<p>Skeptical? Happify’s latest …

Hard Evidence We Can Slow Alzheimer's By Exercising The Body And The Mind

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most feared diagnoses among patients. It destroys people’s minds, their personalities, the very essence of who they are. And once the disease has been diagnosed, there is nothing modern medicine can do to stop it.<p>But it can be slowed, and a new study presented by …

9 Ways to Smash Your Limiting Beliefs | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Limiting beliefs are beliefs that limit us. Put another way, they are excuses on why we fail or why we refuse to even try. Hold a belief long enough …