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Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Can Laughter Make Our Lives Better?, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Researchers report humor can be good in certain situation, but its effectiveness depends on your end goals.Source: University of Arizona.Why …

Physicists Just Experimentally Confirmed The Existence of 'Excitonium'

A strange new form of matter.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois have announced an exciting finding - the discovery of a new form of matter: …

Mindfulness Is More Than A Buzzword: A Look Behind The Movement

The popularity of mindfulness in the western world has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s on the cover of magazines and appears on the evening news. Celebrities swear by it, scientists study it, monks still practice it and business leaders use it to thwart burnout.<p>As mindfulness becomes a buzzword …

Mindfulness

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Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

The Brain

Ancient Philosophers Reveal 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happier

Alright, you’ve probably read a zillion articles about happiness online and you’re not a zillion times happier. What gives?<p><i>Reading ain’t the same as</i> …

This Internal 'Master Clock' Could Be in Control of All Our Circadian Rhythms

How the body keeps pace with itself.<p>Scientists studying the pattern of circadian rhythms have found that one central body clock could be controlling …

Neuroscience

Neuroscientists rethink how the brain recognizes faces

Brain cells in monkeys are tuned to react to specific combinations of features, rather than to a whole face.<p>People can pick a familiar face out of a …

Why are people left or right-handed? Mystery deepens as brain not the source of asymmetry

Left or right-handedness may arise in the spinal cord and not the brain.<p>The origins of handedness have been a scientific puzzle for many years. …

Intelligence May Stem From a Basic Algorithm in the Human Brain

Theory of Connectivity<p>The human brain is the most sophisticated organ in the human body. The things that the brain can do, and how it does them, have …

Humans have unique brain 'fingerprints,' scientists confirm

People say "our brains are wired differently," and now a team of scientists led by Carnegie Mellon researchers have proven that's <i>literally</i> the case. The group developed a way to "fingerprint" the human brain using diffusion MRI and found that its structural connections are so unique, they can be …

Reward-related brain circuit is vital for sleep, researchers discover

Problems sleeping? You're not alone; every year, around 40 million Americans experience insomnia, with some cases warranting drug treatment. But new …

How Meditation Can Help Make Your Mind Happier

So is meditation just another fad that pops up from time to time like bell-bottom jeans? Nope. Research shows it really helps you be healthier, …

Mindfulness

5 Ways to Build Resilience Every Day

Resilience is the process of effectively coping with adversity—it’s about bouncing back from difficulties. The great thing about resilience is that …

You’ve got a nerve

SINCE nobody really knows how brains work, those researching them must often resort to analogies. A common one is that a brain is a sort of squishy, …

Angela Merkel

25 Small Life Changes That Create Lasting Success

The guaranteed way to increase your luck is to increase the number of times you bet.<p><i>What are some of the best life tips? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Dean Yeong on Quora:</b><p><b>Start before</b> …

Self-improvement

7 Exquisite Ways You Can Enhance Your Brain Power

Read more on my blog!<p>www.joeyt.net/blog<p>No matter who you are or what you do, there are so many different ways that you can enhance your brain power …

7 Things our brain does without us thinking about it

The human brain is amazing! It is a vital part of human body. It controls our body and enables us to do everything. There are many things human brain …

A Bug in FMRI Software Could Invalidate 15 Years of Brain Research

This is huge.<p>There could be a very serious problem with the past 15 years of research into human brain activity, with a new study suggesting that a …

Consciousness and the Modularity of Mind

Trying to characterize the “architecture of the mind” is one of the central projects in cognitive science. From understanding what neurons actually …

Consciousness

Brain Science Says This 1 Habit Can Hugely Improve Your Memory

Want something you just learned to stick long-term? Take a break, and then do this.<p>Whether you're memorizing your biz pitch or have just learned 25 new names at a networking event, remembering it all is hard. It's become especially difficult as we sink deeper into the multitasking hole, which …

Humanity

4 Ways to Calm Yourself When You’re Anxious

The human brain is good at creating anxiety. The good news is that it's possible to undo your anxiety when you know how you created it, instead of …

Monkeys

If You Want to Remember This, Go for a Run 4 Hours From Now

For lots of different reasons — like that you sit at your desk all day or that the psychological discourse has a sneakily pervasive insistence that …

What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills?

For some people it’s David Bowie. For others it’s Franz Liszt. But regardless of the genre, when the right chords combine, many people will get goose …

This Headphone Uses Neuroscience to Help Athletes Train 50 Percent Faster

By targeting specific areas of the brain, this headphone helps athletes pick up training regimens faster.<p>A new headphone is helping athletes train for their sport 50 percent faster.<p>The technology, based on the concept of neuropriming, is already helping the military to train fighter pilots and …

Headphones

The daily pain of having extreme perception

When a gentle glow feels like a spotlight and everyday sounds hurt your ears, life can get anxious and painful. But there may be an upside to being a highly sensitive person.<p>At the age of six, Jack Craven started telling his mother he wanted to die. “God made a mistake when he made me,” he would …

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

But we’re better off believing in it anyway.<p>For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can …

Neuroscientists Have Recorded The Brain Activity of a Man at The Exact Moment He 'Saw God'

A serious case of epilepsy gave him a 'religious experience'.<p>Medical case reports are incredible things. Like real-life episodes of <i>House</i>, they offer …

Understanding why some people take their lives – and some don’t | The Star

Arthur Sommer Rotenberg was a doctor in Toronto with a promising career. He had a large, loving family and was both studious and athletic, once …

Conflicts Between Science And Spirituality Are Rooted In Your Brain

"They are different kinds of insight, so there is really no reason for so much conflict to arise."<p>The standoff between science and religion -- between fact-based and faith-based ways of thinking and explaining the world -- is nearly as old as human thought itself.<p>In fact, the conflict may be rooted …