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Brain injuries can cause some people to become violent criminals and pedophiles — here's what scientists know so far about why that is

Four years ago, Chelsea fell head first onto the hardwood floor at her college. She had a seizure and stopped breathing, causing an anoxic injury — when the brain is damaged from not receiving enough oxygen.<p>Before the accident, Chelsea experienced a level of anger similar to any other person. She …

The Brain

These brain cells could explain your anxiety

Anxiety is common, but how it affects the brain is, as yet, poorly understood. New research has revealed "anxiety cells," which provides a fresh …

Neuroscience

Scientists found a new way to slow Alzheimer’s progress

One of the biggest tragedies of Alzheimer’s is by the time patients suspect something is wrong, there’s usually not a whole lot that medicine can do to help.<p>The disease causes buildups of amyloid plaques and tau protein tangles that irreversibly degrade the brain, which leads to symptoms like …

Dementia

The Only 4 Exercises You Need for an Effective Workout

<i>Photo: M</i><i>ihailomilovanovic</i> <i>/ Getty Images</i><p>Walk into any full-size gym and there are more free weights and machines than most people know what to do …

The Best Way To Win An Argument, Based On Your Myers-Briggs Type

Sometimes, trying to convince another person to see things from your point of view is an exercise in frustration, especially if neither of you …

Psychology

What Is High-Functioning Anxiety–and Could You Have It?

While high-functioning anxiety isn’t exactly a real medical diagnosis, it’s become a term people use to describe themselves and their emotions more …

Taking GABA for Sleep: The Science Behind It and If It Really Works

Sleep is very, very important to us. Our busy lives (and technology addiction) cause seemingly perennial exhaustion—making the little time we allow …

Sleep

7 ways to tell if you're talking to a psychopath or a narcissist

Generally speaking, you shouldn't walk around looking to diagnose your friends and coworkers as psychopaths and narcissists.<p>If someone looks over your shoulder while you're talking or seems weirdly distant, there's a good chance they're just having an off day and don't have a pathological …

Psychology

Young couples are fighting over a topic their parents never even considered

In the days when I was single and dating, I used to do this thing where I'd refuse to tell my friends the name of the guy I was currently seeing. Instead I'd give him code names like, say, "X" or "the doctor." The logic being, of course, that if I gave him a concrete identity, I'd "jinx" any chance …

Social Media

14 Netflix Series And Movies That Will Totally @#$%&! You Up

If Black Mirror wasn't enough for you, here are some picks with more nightmares, disturbing visions, and very weird plots.<p><i>This post was translated from Portuguese.</i>

Dystopia

30 Must-Read Books

1 of 30<p><i>The Great Gatsby,</i> by F. Scott Fitzgerald<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 30<p><i>A House for Mr. Biswas,</i> by V. S. Naipaul<p>3 of 30<p><i>A Tale for the Time Being,</i> by Ruth …

10 of the best apps for independent travellers

Looking for holiday inspiration for 2018? These free smartphone apps mean you can carry insider travel tips for hundreds of destinations in your pocket<p>Luckytrip<p>Want an adventure and don’t care where? Luckytrip is the smarter version of showing up at the airport and buying the first flight you can …

These three strategies can help you master any subject

I learned a lot in 2017. I learned about how the European Union works, because Britain decided to leave it. I learned what a social media-obsessed presidency looks like, and the distinctive outlines of a political party that picks power over principle. I learned that a Trump presidency can force a …

Pedagogy

It's Possible to Plant False Memories Into Your Brain, And It Could Be a Good Thing

Your brain is protecting you.<p>Have you ever had an argument because you disagree about the way something happened? You were both there, you saw the …

This Chart of How Long Foods Last in the Freezer Will Blow Your Mind

If you've ever reached into your freezer for something – anything – to make for dinner, and spent a good 15 seconds wondering how long it's been in there (and the followup question: is it still good?) before anxiously deciding if it belongs on your plates or in the garbage, you are going to want to …

How to Talk to Someone Who Refuses to Accept Reality, According to Behavioral Science

How to have a productive conversation with your local alternative facts fan.<p>Holiday family gatherings are right around the corner, which means you may soon find yourself face to face with that one kooky relative who believes that Obama is a Muslim, 9/11 was an inside job, or NASA staged the moon …

75 Percent of Super High Achievers Come From Troubled Families. Here's Why

We can all learn something from the resilience a tough start in life can teach.<p>Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz grew up in a tough housing project. Oprah Winfrey faced horrifying abuse as a girl. Eleanor Roosevelt's father drank himself to death.<p>These aren't isolated incidents. According to a …

How to Make It Easier to Wake Up in The Morning, According to Science

Just five more minutes...<p>Getting a good sleep can be tough, and this can lead to feeling less than refreshed when you wake up in the morning.<p>Falling …

Having older brothers increases men's likelihood of being gay

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're a guy with an older brother, there's an increased chance you're gay.<p>Scientists have noticed this pattern in previous research, but now they think they have a biological explanation as to why, and it starts long before birth. The results were published in the journal PNAS on Monday.<p>…

CNN

What interviewers really want to hear when they ask 'Why do you want to work here?'

"So why do you want to work here?"<p>Eventually this question comes up in every interview. Over the course of the last 30 years, I have been and I continue to ask this question all the time.<p>I have learned there is a limited set of answers applicants give in response to this question and one particular …

Employment

Why does restless sleep predict Parkinson's disease?

Rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder is associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease. For the first time, researchers …

15 reasons why people deny themselves happiness

I've been on a Brene Brown kick recently, and I'm not fighting it.<p>While reading Dr. Brown's book, The Gifts of Imperfection some time ago, I was struck by her, "Worthiness Prerequisite List." The worthiness list is basically a list of stuff in your head that you think needs to happen before you can …

Bridget Jones

There's a reason time seems to speed up as you age — but it's possible to slow it down

Ask an older person to recall their most vivid memories, and there's a good chance that many of them will come from the same time period — between the ages of 15 and 30.<p>That's the time period when six of the 10 most important events in a person's life typically happen, according to a 2004 study: …

Psychology

Keep Gaming Forever to Save Your Brain, Scientists Say

Playing video games is better than learning to play the piano. Take that, parents!<p>By on<p>Filed Under Health & Mental Health<p>The revolution will not be …

Did Religions Arise from Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

Humans have been claiming to hear the voice of God for eons, but one psychologist's controversial theory disputes whether we ever heard it at all. …

It's OK not to be OK: why we need to embrace sadness

I don’t suggest depression isn’t a serious health problem or that it shouldn’t be professionally treated. But we should distinguish it from ordinary sadness<p>I have never suffered from a depressive episode. I’ve never thought of harming myself or been suicidal, nor have I been afflicted with any …

This Extreme Diet Reversed Type 2 Diabetes in Up to 86% of Patients

It could improve millions of lives.<p>Type 2 diabetes isn't necessarily for life, with a new clinical trial providing some of the clearest evidence yet …

Artificial organs: We're entering an era where transplants are obsolete

No More Heart Transplants<p>Around the world, lists of patients in need of an organ transplant are often longer than the lists of those willing (and …

Want to Boost Memory by 20 Percent? Science Says Do This 1 Simple Activity

Time outside changes how active specific parts of the brain are, offering clearer, freer thought.<p>If you like to spend your break time with a quick jaunt around the corner to buy a coffee, nobody's judging. But according to science, you might be better off if you took time out of your day to get on …