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How Taking An Acid Trip Is Answering Big Questions About Brain Function

The psychedelic drug LSD just helped researchers uncover the process the brain uses to attach meaning to experience. That’s another big science win for a drug that’s been clouded in controversy for more than half a century.<p>Psychedelics are proving to be fantastic tools for getting at the deepest, …

The Brain

12 Negative Habits You Should Give Up If You Want to Be Successful

The sooner you can ditch these, the better.<p>When it comes to "achieving success," the hardest thing for people to wrap their heads around tends to be the idea that small wins add up to big victories. It's a whole lot easier to imagine the end goal, the big celebration, than to think about each tiny …

How Do Connectomes Contribute to Human Cognition?

The human brain is an extraordinarily complex network, comprising an estimated 86 billion neurons connected by 100 trillion synapses. A connectome is …

Neuroscience

How Fasting Allows The Brain To Recharge Itself

When done correctly, it could even ward off cognitive decline, research finds.<p>We know that fasting can be great for the body, with benefits including …

Liftware levels the playing field for disabled diners

Most of us might don't have to think twice about how we feed ourselves, but for people with limited movement in their hands and arms, dinnertime can …

This 6-Step Morning Ritual Will Change Your Life

Imagine what your life would be like if you woke up every morning inspired and ready to take action. This 6-step morning routine will show you how.<p>"You are what you do every day, not once in a while."<p>It's no secret that the most successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, and high performance athletes start …

20 Tough Truths About Life No One Wants to Admit

We all struggle. We all suffer on the inside. Every day…We worry.<br>We procrastinate. <br>We feel overwhelmed.<br>We feel angry.<br>We feel lonely. <br>We don’t feel …

Adverse effects of cannabis scientifically verified, a world first

Researchers have clarified important mechanisms involved in the formation of neural circuits in the brain. This group also discovered that …

A Newly Explored Undersea Volcano Is Teeming With Alien Life Forms

Earlier this month, a three-crew submarine dove to Cook seamount, a 13,000-foot-tall extinct volcano off the coast of Hawaii that had never been …

Nature

The personality types that make the most and least amount of money

A lot of things determine how much money you make: your level of education, the job you choose to pursue, the company you work for, your hard skills, your performance, and your ability to negotiate.<p>But one thing you really have no control over that can affect your pay is your personality …

You are almost definitely not living in reality because your brain doesn’t want you to

• Information overload sucks, so we aggressively filter.<br>• Lack of meaning is confusing, so we fill in the gaps.<br>• We need to act fast lest we lose our chance, so we jump to conclusions.<br>• This isn’t getting easier, so we try to remember the important bits.<p><b>We don’t see everything.</b> Some of the information we …

4 Secrets to Getting Through Difficult Situations (and Really Bad Days)

The human experience is filled with love, passion, creativity, joy, connection, compassion, laughter… and the taste of chocolate. But because we as …

Behind the sugar industry's 50-year mission to axe its link to heart disease

Trust no one.<p>That’s the takeaway of a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which claims the sugar industry in the 1960s launched a campaign in which it paid for nutrition research to downplay evidence linking America’s rising sugar consumption to …

Diabetes

One Simple Yoga Pose Can Eliminate Chronic Lower Back Pain

Chronic back pain — especially when it concerns your sciatic nerve — is the exact opposite of fun. It's anti-fun. If Fun was a superhero, Chronic …

Are you a Dolphin or a Lion? The best time to wake, eat, sleep, exercise or go on a date

You’ve probably already seen a lot of tricks and tips about the “what” and “how” of success (how to lose weight; what to say to your boss to get a pay increase, etc). “What” and “how” are excellent and necessary questions – but there is another crucial question that must be addressed in order to …

10 Proven Ways To Help Learn Anything Better

A Map of the Brain That Is Unlike Anything Seen Before

The cerebral cortex is the area of the brain where thought, cognition, and the processing of complex sensory information takes place. Recently, an …

A Harvard psychologist says too many people think about happiness all wrong

Generally speaking, trying hard is a great way to achieve most of what you want in life.<p>Put in more effort at work and your prospects for a promotion will almost definitely improve — at least more than they would if you simply accepted the status quo of being a slacker.<p>Date a lot of people and …

Living Rooms

Your Money: Solve a Buddhist riddle about managing your money

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Zen "koan" is a Buddhist riddle designed to get you thinking. So here is one: your money situation is not really about the numbers.<p>That is what Bari Tessler wants you to ponder for a minute.<p>The Boulder, Colorado-based financial therapist and author of the newly-released book …

Ready to get serious about your diet? Here are six great weight loss apps

Back in the 1970s, when my mom wanted to lose weight, she turned to her palm-sized calorie counter book. She dutifully looked up, wrote down and added up the calorie counts for all the things she ate each day.<p>I, on the other hand, can use an app on my smartphone for dieting help.<p>I can use one …

Weight Loss

Are You Lacking Focus? This Easy Week-Long Ritual Can Help

This short exercise helps clear the mental underbrush. And the biggest skeptics need it the most!<p>You know the benefits of meditation. But still, you don't do it. Hmmm.<p>Maybe it's time to consider an alternate approach. Not an alterna-<i>tive</i>--I have no doubt that meditation is everything you've heard. …

8 signs you're in a strong relationship — even if it doesn't feel like it

Sometimes they're candlelit date nights, walks through grassy meadows, and feeding each other cake at your wedding.<p>But sometimes they're doing the dishes, comforting a screaming baby, and fighting over whose turn it is to do the dishes or comfort the screaming baby.<p>Which is to say: While sometimes …

The 5-Minute Yoga Routine That's as Good as a Cup of Coffee

Whether your drink of choice is coffee, tea, matcha chai or anything in between, the sense of warmth and ritual that a morning beverage brings is a …

I'm Spending My Summer Vacation In A Monastery

<i>By Gigi Falk, Duke student</i><p>At 4:30 a.m. I awake to the sound of my alarm. My weariness dissipates as I walk to the meditation hall, cool English air permeating my cotton pants and t-shirt. Crossed-legged with a small brown book in hand, I join in fifteen minutes of Buddhist chants before the ringing …

A Weekend in a Psychiatric Hospital Showed This Podcaster Just How Broken Our Mental Health System Really Is

Despite his master's degree in psychology, he never expected a psychiatric hospital to be like this.<p>I first met Alan Motter last year when he interviewed me for the Introvert/Extrovert Podcast. In the subsequent months, I've spoken with Alan several times about mental strength and our mutual …

How Nature Benefits Your Mental Health

Recently, scientists have been working out whether grass and trees could be used to treat depression and anxiety.<p>Have you ever come home from a day in the countryside and felt... better? Mood altered, anxiety soothed, mind hushed? It seems obvious that getting out of the clanging grind of the city …

Massive Study Finds Genetic Links To Happiness And Depression

The rush is on to find genetic links to happiness, depression and other psychological traits. In the latest study—one of the largest ever conducted on the subject—more than 190 researchers in 17 countries analyzed genomic data from nearly 300,000 people.<p>The results zeroed in on a handful of genetic …

Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

If the brain could brag that’s pretty much all it would do. It’s easily the most complicated organ in your body, and, more than that, the nimblest …

What LSD tells us about human nature | Marc Lewis

Our brains, with their intrinsic tendency to segregate, are designed to veer toward over-control. Psychedelics blow all that apart – and we can learn from them<p>I was in San Francisco last week, visiting my brother and revisiting the years we spent there as young men. We walked through Golden Gate …

What an Anti-Memory Is and How It Frees Your Mind

Neuroscientists at Oxford just discovered how your brain moves memories into long-term storage. It’s called an anti-memory, and it’s more helpful …

Neuroscience