Shahzad Ahmad

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New study suggests non-lyrical music is best for cognitive function and productivity

The notion that music generally enhances cognitive function and productivity is not news to most. But fewer are aware of just how music impacts …

How to become a productive writer: 10 simple rules

Productivity is essential to improving as a writer, but many writers struggle to keep their production consistent or to raise their word counts. …

Productivity

A Quirky New Trick to Beat Procrastination | Inc.com

Entrepreneurs aren't the only people who struggle with procrastination. Psychologists, it seems, do too. At least that's what you'd have to conclude from the number of scientific studies addressing the root causes of putting stuff off and how to overcome the tendency to procrastinate.<p>Now there's a …

Procrastination

How to Remember Anything, According to Research

The best way to pick a password or hiding spot you’ll remember is to choose one quickly because you want something that will return to mind …

Southern Methodist University

St. Paul English language teacher is named state’s best of the year

Standing in front of a conference hall packed with fellow teachers Sunday, Amy Hewett-Olatunde said she’d be more at ease in a classroom of English …

Education

The Art and Science of Presenting: Episode 10 – Body Language

In episode 9 we said that ‘If there’s a mismatch between what we are saying and how we are saying it then the impact of the words we use is …

Body Language

Language entrepreneur: Smaller languages could be lost in the Digital Single Market

Opening borders may undermine smaller languages, unless research initiatives support making translation more competitive, says Andrejs Vasiljevs.

Entrepreneurship

Cheap Filipino Language Schools Draw English-Obsessed Koreans

<b>BAGUIO</b> — In South Korea, learning English is a national obsession. Families pay billions of dollars a year on extra curricular education so their …

Language Learning

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages.<p><b>1. Some continents have more languages than others</b><p>Not all continents are equally diverse in the number of spoken languages. Whereas Asia leads the …

Language

Body language tips for speakers

Body language tips to improve your speaking<p>Improving your understanding and delivery of nonverbal communication takes time and practice to improve. …

"One Language Two Scripts: The Hindi Movement in Nineteenth Century North India" (1994), by Christopher R. King

ONE LANGUAGE, TWO SCRIPTS:<br>The Hindi Movement in Nineteenth Century North India <br>by Christopher R. King <br>New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1994<br>This …

Language

The Case for Doing More Things Alone

Finally, a study we can all get behind.<p>Long before I met my fiancé, I spent a lot of my free time alone. I relished meals out, afternoons in the park, and seeing what movies I wanted (always dramas). People would ask if I didn't feel lonely, but the answer was simple: I liked my own company. Sure, …

Business School

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

The Brain

How to Debug Your Brain and Build Better Habits

Wouldn't it be great if you could debug your brain as though it were bad code? We might not be able to reprogram ourselves, but we can use the …

3 editing secrets for writing your best cover letter yet

You know that it's beneficial to have a second set of eyes review your application materials. Someone who can tell you that your resume looks good — …

You should never diet again: The science and genetics of weight loss

To maintain a new weight, you have to fight evolution. You have to fight biology. And you have to fight your brain<p>I’ve given you the bad news: diets fail in the long run. Now, let’s try to understand why.<p>In social psychology we often say that if you find that most people behave in the same way, …

Fitness

He, She Or Hen? Sweden's New Gender-Neutral Pronoun

The official dictionary of the Swedish language is getting a fresh infusion of 13,000 new words, editors of the Swedish Academy have announced.<p>Among the additions is a gender-neutral pronoun. Instead of just he <i>(han)</i> and she <i>(hon),</i> there will now be <i>hen</i> as well.<p>The Guardian says: "The pronoun is used …

Gender-Neutral

One Of The Most Important Strategies For Changing Your Habits

In an excerpt from her new book, best-selling author Gretchen Rubin explains how to schedule habit change into your daily routine.<p>The Strategy of Scheduling, of setting a specific, regular time for an activity to recur, is one of the most familiar and powerful strategies of habit formation. …

Andy Warhol

Pedants make right royal mess of the English language

So pleased that for last week’s piece Catherine Bennett (Modern tribes, Weekend, 28 February) didn’t have to look too far for inspiration for her grammar pedant. (“It’s almost as bad as saying historic for historical. I wrote to the Times about it: anyone capable of that kind of outrage ought to be …

Language

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

Here's how your handshake can affect whether you get a job

But what you may not know is that your handshake says a lot more about you than you'd probably like it to.<p>And given that first impressions are formed in just 100 milliseconds, it's imperative that you send the <i>right</i> message with that handshake.<p>According to Colin Shaw, CEO of Beyond Philosophy, a …

Body Language

You have 8.8 seconds to impress with your CV. Here's how

New research has shown that you have less than 9 seconds to grab the attention of a potential employer. On the UK's busiest day for career development, Louisa Symington-Mills, unpicks the best way to make yours stand out<p>If one of your goals for this year was to take charge of your career, then …

How To Create ‘Internal Flow’ In Decision Making

Many of us often make big decisions at the start of a New Year. In the UK, for example, January 5th (the first working day after Christmas) was …

Outsourcing

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

Five Ways Ghostwriting Is Good for the Soul

On New Year's Day, I sat on the floor of a thrift store near Wells, Maine, leafing through the yellowing pages of an Alice Notley narrative poem. I silently read each stanza, startled by the way its strange staccato rhythm entered me, and thought: <i>I once believed all books would eventually be found</i> …

Writing

Is this proof that male and female brains really are wired differently?

Study finds that men are less likely to react to emotional images, and forget them much quicker than women<p>The oft-repeated mantra that men are from Mars and women are from Venus has been lent credence by a major new study, which claims to show that the two genders process emotion differently.<p>Not …

The Brain

Vines Gone Wild: 10 Rooms with Creeping Greenery

What better backdrop to banish winter than an indoor jungle? Here are 10 of our favorite rooms where vines and climbers cover the walls like …

7 ways writing by hand can save your brain

It's time to put pen to paper.<p>Our tech-dependent society has put keyboards at the tips of our fingers at all times, from our smartphones to our …