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Examining the ancient technique of "memory palaces" with brain-imaging

A small (51 men aged 24 +/- 3 years) study published in <i>Neuron</i> tasked experimental subjects with practicing the ancient Greek mnemonic technique of …

The Brain

11 TED Talks that show how strange and mysterious the human mind really is

Even psychologists and neuroscientists are often stumped by why we think and behave the way we do.<p>Some of those researchers have appeared on the TED stage to talk about the questions that keep them up at night. The following 11 talks — on topics like decision-making, happiness, and our concept of …

You Can't Always Trust Your Own Thoughts, And This Terrifying Chart Shows Why

Here’s the newest guide for learning about cognitive biases and debugging your brain.<p>The human brain has been sculpted over the course of millions of years of evolution, so you’d think it’s been debugged pretty well.<p>But it’s still left with so many mental glitches.<p>Just take a look at this …

Antidepressant use soars despite findings effectiveness is lower than believed

Use doubles after 16 years and researchers find taking antidepressants alone is ineffective for up to 40% of patients<p>Antidepressants are less effective than previously thought, yet use of the drugs has doubled among Australians over the past 16 years, a review published in the Medical Journal of …

Sexual Abuse Victim in Her 20s Allowed Suicide by Doctors in Netherlands

After living with "unbearable" trauma despite psychiatric treatment, a Dutch woman was allowed to end her life. We spoke with a sexual trauma counselor about how to help patients who feel hopeless.<p>A Dutch woman in her 20s was euthanized using a lethal injection after her doctors determined that the …

Mental Health

Free Will Is An Illusion: The Brain Tricks Us Into Thinking We Are In Control - PsyBlog

For anyone who has ever done something and then immediately wondered why, this study is for you…<p>Free will may actually be an illusion created after …

New Study: Parental Love Is Merely Cognitive Dissonance

True or false: A person can never be truly satisfied in life without experiencing the joys of parenthood?<p>If you thought “true,” you might not want to …

I Stopped Complaining for 21 Days and It Changed My Relationships

It was a Monday morning, and I woke up realizing the rent check needed to be mailed. But my checkbook was nowhere to be found. While rummaging …

Self-help

11 Horror Movies for People Who Don’t Like Scary Movies

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Horror Movies

Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.<p>A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper …

This Is The Most Efficient Way To Brew Your Own Coffee

Calling all recent grads! Yeah, YOU! Your Starbucks run isn’t getting any cheaper — actually it’s increasing in price (the demand is REAL). So now’s …

How to Get Therapy for Less Than $10

When it comes to your mental health, professionals can charge $200 dollars for an hour of therapy without even blinking. This hefty price tag might leave you wondering whether you wouldn't be better off using the money to plan a trip, pay off debt, or engage in some retail therapy. Talking to your …

This Self-Filling Water Bottle Harvests Clean Drinking Water From The Air

At a rate of 0.5 litres per hour.<p>An Austrian start-up has revealed plans to start selling a self-filling water bottle that extracts humidity from the …

Brain training for anxiety, depression and other mental conditions

A new treatment for psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety uses real-time scans to show patients how their brains go awry—and how to fix the dysfunction.<p>The treatment is called neurofeedback.<p>There is an urgent need for new approaches for psychiatric disorders, particularly depression. …

Therapy wars: the revenge of Freud | Oliver Burkeman

Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?<p>Dr David Pollens is a psychoanalyst who sees his …

Psychology

Forget resolutions—use these nerdy lifehacks to make life a little better in a lot of ways

It’s New Year’s. You want to set goals, and achieve them. But, realistically, you’re probably not going to. Researchers find that anywhere from 40% to 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions successfully stick to them.<p>The problem is that people often aim to completely overhaul their lives, …

High Blood Pressure

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

Pedagogy

Science says that this is a surprising side effect of having anxiety

Most of the time, anxiety is just there: A feeling of helplessness, worry, and nervousness that often makes it that much harder to function in our …

This is what the entire universe looks like in one image

The universe is so vast it's almost impossible to picture what it might look like crammed into one field of view.<p>But musician Pablo Carlos Budassi …

Universe

Science suggests pursuing your passions does make you a happier person

As we look ahead to the new year, a study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies poses a simple question: Given how beneficial it is to have one harmonious passion, what's the effect of having two?<p>Benjamin Schellenberg and Daniel Bailis didn't go into this research with any firm predictions: …

Robert Spitzer, influential US psychiatrist, dies aged 83

<b>Robert Spitzer, the influential American psychiatrist credited with establishing a modern classification of mental disorders, has died at the age of 83.</b><p>Dr Spitzer played a leading role in the development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.<p>He was also lauded for pushing to …

Here's All the Motivation You Need to Clean Your Coffee Maker, Like, Immediately

Would you like some coffee with your bacteria?<p>We all live for our coffee—but it might be our coffee <i>makers</i> that are in need of some serious love, according to new research from the University of Valencia in Spain.<p>When a team of microbiologists analyzed the drip trays of nine java machines, they …

What Trump and His Supporters Can Learn From Muslim Leaders

Support for Donald Trump is surging across the United States. This is particularly troubling because in recent weeks, he has called for banning Muslim immigration, shutting down mosques, spying on Muslims, making Muslims carry ID badges, and a few other blatantly Islamophobic things. It's like …

Photo of the Day: Best of 2015

Nature

Here's How To Do Therapy On Yourself, According To A Therapist

It's not always easy, or affordable, to go to a therapist. But that doesn't mean you can't do a little DIY therapy on your own.<p>Therapy is a powerful tool for personal growth, and it can be beautiful in its own way. That being said, as a trained counselor and as someone who has been through …

Gifts for the Geek | Day 3: ‘The King is Dead’

Everyone loves a good board game, and with all the great stuff that’s on the market now there’s no reason to limit your gaming choices to <i>Monopoly</i>, …

13 science-backed signs you're smarter than average

Without administering an impromptu IQ test, there are certain clues you can use to gauge a person's relative intelligence.<p>We combed through decades of scientific research and highlighted 13 surprising signs of braininess.<p>Keep in mind, however, that "intelligence" is often measured through tests …

6 Rules for Touching Humans, Based on Science

Hugs, handshakes, butt pats: Touching among humans is, well, a touchy subject. As kids we were taught that there’s good and bad touches—and it only …

Are religious children really more selfish than atheists?

Scientific studies on religion and human behavior are often hot tickets to morality plays, greedily gobbled up by people who extoll the benefits of religious training or belief, and by those who advocate a less dogmatic approach to life. Each side tries to win the moral high ground. And if they …

Religion