Sarah Odrosky

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We Finally Know Why It's So Damned Hard to Pull Phone Books Apart

Several years ago, the Mythbusters famously tried to separate two thick phone books with pages tightly interleaved. They couldn’t do it. Scientists …

Dog Cognition: How Do Dogs Perceive The World?

Dogs and humans share one of the strongest bonds between two different species on Earth. The connection has grown so deep, it’s literally become coded into our genes. And a wave of new research is shedding more light on these all-important dog-human relationships and what our furry friends are …

5 things that will make you happier, according to neuroscience

Let's get more specific: what's going to make your <i>brain</i> happy?<p>And let's focus on things that are simple and easy to do instead of stuff like winning the lottery.<p>Neuroscience has answers.<p>I've discussed this subject before and it was so popular I decided to call an expert to get even more dead simple …

Happiness

Can You Think Yourself Into a Different Person?

<i>We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true? Will Storr wades through the</i> …

3 scientific ways to prevent awkward conversations

You’re in the middle of a conversation, about to chime in but then…you <i>totally blank</i>. A conversation that should have flowed easily turns awkward, your conversation partner looks at you like you’re an alien and your confidence sinks.<p>Has that ever happened to you?<p>It’s common to feel nervous during …

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: An Owner's Manual For The Uninitiated

When I was first diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (by a neurologist in the middle of a migraine appointment), I thought, "Great! Search terms! Let's get cozy, Google."<p>But I was wrong to assume simple screen time was going to help me find my path with my anxiety disorder. I found little …

Learn How to Stop Obsessive Thoughts for Your Well-being

After my very first article which is about Mind Power, some of my readers came up to me asking what they can do to stop their obsessive thoughts for …

Self-help

Why People Who Are Always Afraid to Be Hated Won't Be Happy

What’s Happening in Your Brain and Body as You Listen to Music

You wake up to a song as your alarm clock, stream music while you crunch numbers at work, blast power workout playlists at the gym, and attend music …

Computer trick shows pitch is just perception - Futurity

Researchers are investigating differing perceptions of pitch—a note's highness or lowness. "The way you perceive the note can change in surprising …

Why Coloring Is Good for the Mind, Body, and Soul

Trendiness is rarely next to Godliness. Occasionally though, every once in while, a trend comes along that is interesting, uplifting, and actually helpful. One of those trends is adult coloring books. Coloring books for adults have become so popular lately that they have topped the <i>New York Times</i> …

20 ways being left-handed impacts your health

With just 10% of the population being left-handed, it can be easy for everyone else to forget we're living in a right-handed world. But aside from making it tough to cut a straight line with a pair of scissors designed for righties, being a southpaw can also have some subtle effects on our physical …

CNN

23 Body Language Tricks That Make You Instantly Likeable

You send people signals all day, without paying attention to them. The way you move your eyes, the way you shake a hand and so on. There are things …

Body Language

Silicon Valley's Best-Kept Productivity Secret: Psychedelic Drugs

Tech entrepreneurs are finding LSD and other mind-altering substances to be surprisingly effective tools for improving their work.

Silicon Valley

15 Ways Your Brain Fools You On A Daily Basis

Consider this post the red pill.

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

Kaspersky Lab

Why We Fall in Love: The Paradoxical Psychology of Romance and Why Frustration Is Necessary for Satisfaction

“All love stories are frustration stories… To fall in love is to be reminded of a frustration that you didn’t know you had.”<p>Adrienne Rich, in contemplating how love refines our truths, wrote: “An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word ‘love’ — …

Relationships

A clinical psychologist explains why people are getting FOMO

The fear of missing out is an old—actually an ancient—fear, being triggered by the newest form of communication: social media.<p>Our survival as an individual within a tribe, and thus our survival as a species, once hinged on our being aware of threats both to ourselves and to the larger group.<p>To be …

Psychology

Drugs and Talk Therapy Affect the Brain in Different Ways

Psychiatric drugs and psychotherapy mostly have the same purpose: to make us feel better mentally and emotionally. However, it seems like common …

Psychotherapy

Understanding What ‘FOMO’ Is

<i>Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: What is the psychology behind FOMO? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from the thread.</i><p>Fear …

How Pressure To Be On Social Media 24/7 Affects Well-Being - PsyBlog

The effect of pressure to be on social media 24/7 on young people’s mental state.<p>Pressure to be available 24/7 on social media is linked to …

Neuroscience's New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality" -Carl Sagan<p>It appears that we are approaching a unique time in the history of man and science where empirical measures and deductive reasoning can actually inform us spiritually. Integrated Information …

Why Mindfulness Is Overrated

Mindfulness has its upsides, but the human brain isn’t wired to be so attentive all the time.<p>The shower might be the most creative place on Earth. Every day, people stop mid-rinse, struck by a sudden burst of creativity. Yet the idea of “aha!” moments stands in stark contrast to the current …

What Space Does to Your Body and Mind

Expedition 44 to the International Space Station has been successfully completed after three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan. The mission saw a …

How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your Brain

Acoustic biologists who have learned to tune their ears to the sounds of life know there's a lot more to animal communication than just, "Hey, here I am!" or "I need a mate."<p>From insects to elephants to people, we animals all use sound to function and converse in social groups — especially when the …

Music Production