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Is the Brain’s Awareness of the World All or Nothing?

We often think of consciousness as binary: you’re either fully aware of something, or you’re not.<p>Yet according to a team of cognitive neuroscientists …

Consciousness

The Science of a Happy Mind, Part 2

Richard Davidson: The invitation in all of this work is that we can take more responsibility for our own brains. And shape our brains wittingly in a more intentional way by cultivating healthy habits of mind.<p>I'm a psychologist and neuroscientist by training. And at the very beginning of my career I …

Mindfulness

Psychologist probes possible link between prodigy, autism

<i>Joanne Ruthsatz and Kimberly Stephens</i><p><i>Current, $28</i><p>In 1998, Joanne Ruthsatz traveled to Louisiana to meet a 6-year-old musical genius. Ruthsatz, a …

Autism

6 tips to keep your Facebook clean, secure and private

NEW YORK (AP) — Got hundreds of Facebook friends you hardly know?<p>Now is a good time to do some digital cleanup, while the year is still fresh. Review your security and privacy settings, and make sure those casual acquaintances you met at a bar eons ago aren't still getting the most intimate details …

Information Systems

Eating Carbs Helped Humans Develop Big Brains

Take that, Atkins diet<p>Humans are physically different from other apes in some important ways—including the fact that humans have much bigger brains, which use about a quarter of the calories we consume. But figuring out the diet that facilitated our big, energetically expensive brains hasn’t been …

Parents Sue Doctors For Deciding Their Kid Is A Girl

In a first of its kind lawsuit, Greenville, S.C., residents Pam and Mark Crawford are suing the doctors who gave their adopted son sex assignment …

Why Everything You've Heard About Birth Order Is Basically Wrong

Firstborns grow up to be successful carbon copies of their parents, while youngests are dimmer and more rebellious. And middle kids? They'll do whatever they can to grab attention.<p>These timeworn tropes about birth order affect how parents treat their kids, how health officials target prevention …

How to delete your Amazon browsing history

Want to remove your embarrassing searches from Amazon? Check out these steps to delete any of the items you've looked up in the past.<p>Amazon provides a relatively private shopping experience. Whether you're just price-checking on gifts for friends and family, or searching for items that you might be …

Interconnected rats' brains create organic computer

Scientists have been experimenting with brain-to-brain interfaces for years. Miguel Nicolelis, a neurobiologist at Duke University Medical Center, in particular, has been making strides with his research on the subject. His team recently created a "Brainet" or a network of interconnected brains …

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.<p>Thanks to technology, we’re reading more than ever—our brains process thousands of words via text messages, email, games, social media, and web stories. According to one report, the amount people that read tripled from 1980 to the …

DoubleTwist's CloudPlayer for Android streams music from all your online storage

Got a ton of tunes stashed in the cloud? DoubleTwist’s new Android app can play it all, with support for multiple storage services as well as your local media.<p>CloudPlayer supports Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive, features a clean Material Design-inspired interface and can play lossless formats. …

Music Industry

Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 to anyone who tests it

While there was some confusion over Microsoft giving away Windows 10 to pirates, the software giant is now being clear about its free upgrade plans for Windows 10. We already know that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will get Windows 10 as a free upgrade (providing you install within a year of July …

5 digital tricks you'll use almost every day

Did you know that the quickest way to open a link on a Web page in a new window or tab is to click the link with the middle button on your mouse? If you're a keyboard person, in Windows, press the Control button and click the link. On a Mac, use the Command button and click the link.<p>There are …

Sex education in the U.S. is screwing our kids

Government-funded abstinence programs and a lack of instructor training are failing the country’s teens<p>When Stephanie* began working as a reproductive-health educator in a school-based clinic, she had her work cut out for her. The initial hurdle: convincing the students of confidentiality. Her …

Edit, sign, append, and save with 12 of the best PDF editors

PDFs are a common file type, one that’s popular among businesses and individuals who are attempting to go green and save on paper. PDFs essentially …

Software

Can Your Job Help Your Brain Age More Gracefully?

A new study looks at whether retired surgeons have better memory skills than retired painters.<p>For the most part, I've never felt self-conscious about my memory skills until I heard of the world of memory championships. With intense training and special techniques, memory champions can memorize and …

Opening minds: the biotech company aiming to change stroke victims’ lives

Olav Hellebø and his firm Reneuron have developed a procedure to help patients by injecting stem cells into their brains<p>He wants to bore a hole in your head. But don’t panic, Olav Hellebø is not a modern-day trepanist and it will be a top-notch surgeon, not the 49-year-old Norwegian businessman, …

Broccoli chemical may improve autism symptoms

Massachusetts General Hospital found that young adults and teens with autism reported fewer symptoms when taking sulforaphane, a chemical found in broccoli<p>A chemical found in broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage may improve some symptoms of autism, a new study has found.<p>Autistic teenagers and young …

Autism

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …

First hint of 'life after death' in biggest ever scientific study

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Science

Cannabis can be highly addictive, major study finds

Research conducted over 20 years links long-term cannabis use with mental illness, lower academic attainment and lower birth-weight of children<p>Cannabis can be highly addictive, cause mental health problems and lead to hard drug use, according to a major study led by a leading British expert on …

Cannabis

Neuroscience: How to Become Immune to Stress

New research shows that exercise really does combat the ill effects of workplace stress.<p>Most people intuitively understand that exercise can improve your mood, but it was only last week that scientists figured out how it works. Their findings are of enormous importance to everybody who experiences …

New York Times

This is your brain on narcissism: The truth about a disorder that nobody really understands

The term “narcissist” gets thrown around more and more often these days. But almost everyone’s getting it wrong<p>In Greco-Roman myth, Narcissus, a beautiful young man, catches sight of his reflection in a body of water and falls deeply in love with his own image. This is, of course, where we get the …

Chimps are naturally violent, study suggests

For years, anthropologists have watched wild chimpanzees "go ape" and attack each other in coordinated assaults. But until now, scientists were unsure whether interactions with humans had brought on this violent behavior or if it was part of the apes' basic nature.<p>A new, 54-year study suggests this …

The Freaky Thing Your Brain Can Do While You're Asleep

It turns out that our brains do way more when we snooze than was once thought -- and a new study suggests we can even identify and categorize words while we're sleeping.<p>"We show that the sleeping brain can be far more 'active' in sleep than one would think," study co-author Sid Kouider, a cognitive …

The one-question narcissism test

New research suggests it only takes one question to work out whether a person is a narcissist. What is it?<p>How can you tell whether someone is a narcissist? Simple: you ask them.<p>It’s not a joke but the result <b>of a study</b> conducted at The Ohio State University, which found that a quick and reliable way …

Psychology