Samr Chaudhuri

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The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of all-time.<p>For this research study, Bartlett recited a Native American folk tale called "The War of the Ghosts" to each participant. Then, Bartlett followed up …

Self-improvement

The Easiest Way To Get A Better, Smarter Brain

Extraordinary abilities -- from memory to supercharged creativity -- may be within reach for all of us, says neuroscientist Berit Brogaard, PhD, coauthor of the new book <i>The Superhuman Mind</i>. We asked her to tell us more.<p><b>Q: You say ordinary people possess talents they haven't even tapped into. Can</b> …

The Brain

Fields Medal winner Cédric Villani: 'the human brain is not designed for maths'

The flamboyant mathematician, whose semi-autobiographical book is published this week, reveals his pet dinosaur, teaching methods and mysterious love of spiders<p>Professor Cédric Villani, 41, is a French mathematician who focuses chiefly on the theory of partial differential equations and …

How to Make Our Best-Ever Chicken Noodle Soup

Our double-dark chicken noodle soup begins with a deeply flavored stock made from chicken wings.<p>Nothing channels "warm and cozy" like a bowl of chicken noodle soup. And although we're not going to allege that our version is better than your grandma's, <b>digital food editor Dawn Perry</b> has some tips and …

Cooking

Murder, artistry and sex: the mysterious horrors of sleepwalking

As a student reveals that she ate an entire wheel of cheese while asleep, what are the weird realities of sleepwalking?<p>Sleep isn’t simply a nightly indulgence, but one of the great human mysteries. Scientists struggle to understand why we need sleep, and the brain’s night-time behaviour is largely …

What a Happy Cell Looks Like

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.<p>“What is the truest form of human happiness?” Steven Cole asks.<p>It’s a question he’s been considering for most of his career—but Cole is a genomics researcher, not a philosopher. To him, this …

Consciousness

'Three-parent IVF babies should be offered to infertile older women'

A doctor who helped pioneer the controversial three-parent baby technology has applied to hold trials to use it to treat age-related infertility<p>Older women struggling to have children could soon be offered the controversial “three-parent” IVF technique recently backed by MPs, a pioneering doctor …

The Best Filet Mignon Steak for Your Best Lady

With a truffle mushroom ragout.<p><i>For Valentine's Day this year, we asked the great Charlie Palmer (of his eponymous Steak) to craft the ultimate dinner menu for you. Of course, it's really not for you, but for the special person in your life. So join us in cooking up something truly unforgettable,</i> …

Cooking

Extract: A man walks off his Parkinsonian symptoms

In this passage from his book The Brain’s Way of Healing, Norman Doidge describes how John Pepper consciously retrained his movements to overcome his foot drag and tremor<p>Norman Doidge: the man teaching us how to change our minds<p>My walking companion, John Pepper, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s …

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