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I went from sedentary academic to 100-mile marathon runner—thanks to the science of self-control

Most people have days they’ll never forget. For me, that day is April 26, 2011.<p>It was my first time appearing on National Public Radio. As part of the program <i>All Things Considered</i>, host Michele Norris interviewed me about my research that suggested increasing narcissism in pop music lyrics. Michele …

Self Control

Personality

Your personality is what makes you, well, you — even if experts can’t settle on an exact definition of the word. Most agree, however, that …

University of California

<b>It seems that psychedelics do more than simply alter perception. According to the latest research from my colleagues and me, they change the structures of neurons themselves.</b><p>My research group has been studying the effects of psychedelics on neuronal structure and function, and we found that these …

How memorising 'chunks' can improve your memory

Remembering directions, holding on to phone numbers, and other tasks require your short-term memory. Tactical 'chunking' might give your memory that edge you've been looking for.<p>Forming little memory groupings (or chunks) is a phenomenon well-known by cognitive psychologists. This nifty little …

Short-Term Memory

Increasing Blood Flow in the Brain

In the past, we knew very little about the science of plant extracts. But over the past 20 years, we have learned a great deal about how they prevent …

Your Ideal Self Is Your Unadapted Self: 9 Key Attributes

<b>Why We Develop an “Adapted” Self (and It’s Not Really a Choice)</b><p>When we’re fresh out of the womb, we’re innocent. Not yet subject to powerful outside …

The Neuroscience of Perseverance

Perseverance separates the winners from the losers in both sports and life. Are you someone who perseveres despite difficulties and setbacks, or do …

A daily dose of ibuprofen can help prevent onset of Alzheimer’s, study finds

A new Vancouver-based study says taking ibuprofen every day can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.<p>If started early enough, Canadian …

Personality Formation and Development

It is our personality that makes us who we are, but how exactly do our personalities form? Personality development has been a major topic of interest …

How to Accept Yourself, Your Life, And Your Reality

You''ll never be able to create the right reality if you aren't willing to let the wrong reality go.<p><b>Accepting the reality</b> of your life sounds like it should be easy enough. But many, many people <b>hold to a different version.</b> It may be based in regret, disappointment, denial, or just <b>waiting for</b> …

Warning: You'll Probably Quit the Gym After Doing This At-Home Workout — It's That Good

You don't need a gym membership, fancy studio, or even a lot of time to get in shape. What you do need is a solid workout and dedication. We'll …

Curcumin May Reverse Memory Problems, Improve Mood

With more and more of the aging population affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and clinical trials for new medications often providing underwhelming results, a new study in <i>The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry</i> may be especially promising. It finds that taking a daily dose of curcumin, the …

Can staying awake beat depression?

Making people stay awake for hours in a hospital may seem an odd way to battle depression – but for some people it is proving a promising therapy. Linda Geddes reports.<p>The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, …

Literacy, Multiple Intelligences, and the Brain

By now, you will have probably recognized that this story is a thinly disguised attempt to describe the history of literacy acquisition and the …

Here's What Happens When You Give Psychedelic Drugs To Spiritual Leaders

Researchers are working with religious teachers to better understand the healing potential of hallucinogens.<p>On April 20, 1962, a group of theology students and professors gathered outside Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, waiting for Good Friday services to begin. These particular services were to …

Psychedelic Drugs

Why You Need an Imaginary Scapegoat

DJ Khaled, the one-man internet meme, is known for warning his tens of millions of social media followers about a group of villains that he calls “they.”<p>“<i>They</i> don’t want you motivated. <i>They</i> don’t want you inspired,” he blares on camera. “<i>They</i> don’t want you to win,” he warns. On Ellen DeGeneres’s …

Scientists Have Figured Out How Our Brains Sharpen Our Memories While We Sleep

We snooze to lose.<p>We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists …

Does brain training make you smart | Caroline Williams

You can boost your brainpower, says Caroline Williams, but it’s not as simple as just giving your head a work-out<p>Can we really train our brains? The hope that maybe we can is based on the idea of “brain plasticity”: that no matter how old you are, and how set in your ways, your brain is constantly …

Understanding Emotions and How to Process Them

The mental health of our society is far from ideal. Rates of stress, depression and anxiety are increasing.The data on college students is especially …

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 …

The 4 Mental Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Social Life

As a cognitive psychologist, no matter what reason people have to see me—depression, anxiety, self-esteem—we inevitably end up discussing their …

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Sleeping While Awake

<i>“It was literally true: I was going through life asleep. My body had no more feeling than a drowned corpse. My very existence, my life in the world,</i> …

Going on a “trip” to cure your depression

I’ll start by putting my cards on the table: I’m 30 years old, and I’ve been suffering from depression on and off for most of my adult life. …

Psychedelia

Be A Fanatic About Your Running Gait And Heal Your Plantar Fasciitis

<b>I Felt Her Pain</b><p>During the August 2016 Anchor Down 24 Hour Ultra, I slowed down to make sure a limping fellow runner was OK. It was a few hours after the 7 pm start. My headlamp shined on her face and hers on mine. She had a scrape and a bruise below her left eye. She had fallen on the trail after …

National Parks

Researchers Think They Know How to Make Your Brain Learn Like a Kid Again

Make our brains great again.<p>Kids have amazing brains. They can pick up two languages in early childhood just as easily as they can learn one. Early …

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Our IQs have never been higher – but it hasn’t made us smart

We tend to assume that our intelligence is simply a matter of nature and nurture – but as the celebrated psychologist James Flynn explains to BBC Future, many other factors can stunt or boost your IQ, right down to the person you choose to marry.<p>James Flynn is worried about leaving the world to …

Brain Disruptions Similar Across Many Emotional Disorders

<i>Summary: Researchers discover common white matter abnormalities in multiple emotional disorders.</i><p>Source: UIC.<p><b>Researchers have long known that</b> …