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The 6 Different Types Of Anxiety Disorders, Explained

If you’ve ever had a panic attack, you’ve likely branded yourself an “anxious” person at some point. But there is no such thing as one anxiety …

9 podcasts that will change how you think about human behavior

Fortunately, there are no shortage of podcasts designed to cater to that interest — whether it's a short one-one-one chat about building good habits or an hour-long compilation of novel ideas.<p>Here are some of the best podcasts that help put life in perspective.

Self-improvement

Earth - How did evil evolve, and why did it persist?

Evil, it can seem, is all around us. Hitler. The Rwandan genocide. Ted Bundy. Every time you read the news or watch television, bad behaviour that causes harm is on display.<p>Is being evil advantageous in some scenarios?<p>These days, the word ‘evil’ has religious connotations. It’s tied up with …

Psychology

BBC - Earth - The sinister reason why people fall in love

Romance may have existed in some form long before the origin of humanity, and some believe it was born out of death and violence<p>Your heart beats a little faster, glands open to secret tiny dribbles of sweat, and your body starts producing hormones, which make you feel a bit giddy and warm …

Biology

Making it up as you go along: how your brain improvises

When your brain becomes ‘quieter’, remarkable things can happen. It’s time to go with the flow<p>Have you ever been at a concert and seen a musician or rapper start to improvise? It can often seem effortless or even magical. Few people can freestyle like Kendrick Lamar and Notorious BIG, or improvise …

Creativity

Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked

It’s not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by ‘learning styles’ – let’s cut this nonsense from classrooms<p>It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and …

Pedagogy

Three Weird Trends in Mental Health

“My eyes eat the words but my brain won’t swallow them," my friend Ray told me at lunch last month.<p>He went on to explain that whenever he tried to …

Google Trends

A Mammal’s Brain Has Been Cryonically Preserved and Recovered

A team lead by a researcher at MIT says it has thawed a cryonically-frozen rabbit brain without causing structural damage.<p>A big thing just happened in the world of cryonics, and it has nothing to do with Ted Williams' permafrozen remains.<p>Officials from the Brain Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit …

Singularity

Natural Happiness: The Truth About Exercise and Depression

We all <i>want</i> to be happy.<p>But is there anything you can actually do to feel happier more often? Or at the very least... can you limit the likelihood that you'll feel sad and depressed?<p>There isn't a single perfect answer, of course, but research is starting to reveal the incredible connection between …

Self-confidence

Putting sleep myths to bed: experts answer the questions that keep you awake at night

Does cheese give you nightmares, is insomnia bad for your health, and can you sleep too much? We put these and other questions to doctors and scientists who specialise in treating insomnia<p>How to cope with night terrors How to chose the perfect mattress 12 steps to a good night’s sleep<p>Meet our …

Sleep
Top 10

Can a brain scan uncover your morals?

Brains images are becoming standard evidence in some of the country’s most controversial and disturbing death penalty trials – including the case of Steven Northington<p>It’s hard to imagine Steven Northington killing two people. The 43-year-old says he likes to make people laugh, “like a comedian”. …

Ronald Reagan

The Myth of Multitasking

Source: Sebastien Marchand/Unsplash<p>In 21st century schools and businesses we are taught to associate “multitasking” with efficiency, productivity, …

Mindfulness

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

The Rules of Attraction in the Game of Love

To figure out how we pick mates, scientists have measured every shape and angle of the human face, studied the symmetry of dancers, crafted formulas …

Turn-On

Humans created a new top predator that's taking over the Northeast — and that's just one example of the evolution we're driving

Evolution, it turns out, isn't the long, invisible process we once thought.<p>Instead, it's happening all around us, all the time, and we are its primary drivers.<p>Numbers of the coywolf, a new hybrid of the coyote and the wolf, likely just topped a million.<p>By shaping landscapes, dumping pollutants into …

Biology
Chimpanzees

Why We Can't Clone Dinosaurs But Might Clone Mammoths

One of this summer’s biggest hits was the movie <i>Jurassic World</i>, which earned a record $209 million on its opening weekend back in June. It’s so popular that it’s still showing in theaters now, more than two months later.<p>Like its predecessors, the fourth movie in the <i>Jurassic Park</i> series features a …

Dinosaurs

Relax, Turn Off Your Phone, and Go to Sleep

As a child, I was a terrible sleeper. My parents would often find me awake at 3 AM with a flashlight under the covers reading a Hardy Boy, Nancy Drew, or Tom Swift book. When I was 9-years-old, my pediatrician prescribed an awful tasting medicine to be taken at night, mixed with pineapple juice to …

Sleep

Depression and its treatment

Pedagogy
Psychology
Psychology

Is Your Brain Male or Female?

In his book <i>The Essential Difference: Male And Female Brains And The Truth About Autism</i>, Simon Baron-Cohen opens with a phrase capable of causing …

The Brain

How to read a monkey’s mind

(A) Illustration of task setup. Two targets were presented along with four virtual barriers and a frame. The monkey performed the task with a cursor …

Neurophilosophy

Depression: Why Talking Isn't Enough

Talking about mental illness openly is an important step towards ridding humanity of a stigma that's breathtaking in its ignorance and dangerous in …

Mental Health

Memories likely can’t be erased: Research offers new clues to how we remember

A new study challenges more than a century of neuroscience and could radically change the way we treat PTSD<p>As intangible as they may seem, memories have a firm biological basis. According to textbook neuroscience, they form when neighboring brain cells send chemical communications across the …

The Brain

If It Feels Like Stress Is Killing You, That's Because It Might Be

When you feel frazzled, so do your organs and cells<p>Chronic stress stems from many circumstances, such as poverty, a bad marriage, or long-term ailments. Its repercussions—elevated cortisol levels and inflammation—can wear us out, from the cellular level on up to our major biological systems.<p>Nervous …

9 Strategies For Battling Stress

Don't let tension take over your life<p>A little stress can be a good thing, but it’s important to keep it under control. These strategies will help you retain your Zen.<p>1. Bounce Back<p>Some people are naturally resilient, but it’s also a learned skill. Stress inoculation gradually exposes people to …