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Can you live a normal life with half a brain?

A few extreme cases show that people can be missing large chunks of their brains with no significant ill-effect – why? Tom Stafford explains what it tells us about the true nature of our grey matter.<p>How much of our brain do we actually need? A number of stories have appeared in the news in recent …

The Brain

9 Surprising Ways Your Body Can Influence Your Mind

Psychologist Alice Haddon explores the intriguing relationship between our minds and our muscles.<p>Most of us are aware that a positive attitude can improve health and speed recovery from illness, but does this also work the other way around?<p>'Embodied cognition' is a term used by psychologists to …

Yoga and mindfulness practices found to assist breast cancer recovery at cellular level, Canadian study finds

Breast cancer survivors who are involved in support groups, or who practice meditation and yoga, can make a positive physical impact at the cellular …

Do These 5 Things Before Bed & Wake Up Happier.

Wanna get happy? Just do this one thing.<p>Noooooooooooo. Of course not.<p>Happiness—or a consistent state of contentment—is very much something we can …

The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling

Why, throughout human history, have people been so drawn to fiction?<p>When an English archaeologist named George Smith was 31 years old, he became enchanted with an ancient tablet in the British Museum. Years earlier, in 1845, when Smith was only a five-year-old boy, Austen Henry Layard, Henry …