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Too Much Technology Is Bad for the Brain

A <i>New York Times</i> article last week argued for the importance of handwriting instruction. Therein Maria Konnikova made a strong case, supported by several research citations, that cursive writing should not become a relic of the past. She wrote, "New evidence suggests that the links between …

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

How to Be Happy in Your Current Situation

Is it wrong to just be happy in your current situation, even if it's not ideal? You are in charge of your own happiness. Let that sink in for a moment. Your happiness is not contingent on your job, your current boyfriend/girlfriend or the material things you own<p>Too often we complain about being …

Happiness

4 Weird Brain Hacks That Make You a Better Person With Almost No Effort

We tend to think of our personalities as pretty set in stone. If you have always been short-tempered or shy or change-averse, you may think that it's …

How to Rewire Your Brain for Success

The latest neuroscience suggests you can literally "edit" your memory. Here's what this big breakthrough means for you.<p>The most recent edition of <i>The New Yorker</i> magazine contains an article about neuroscientists who study the way the brain retrieves memories. What they've found out is probably the …

Sanjay Gupta Shares 4 Ways To Strengthen Your Memory

By Sanjay Gupta, MD<p>When I was younger, I had little trouble rattling off lots of information—phone numbers, names, random facts—but these days, remembering anything with that level of detail seems a lot harder. It's easy to blame a forgetful mind on aging. The real culprit, however, may be a kind …

It's Good to Feel Stupid: 5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I was lifting with the owner of my gym. She was doing clean and jerks. I was squatting.<p>In between sets, I asked if she had ever competed in an Olympic weightlifting meet. “You should do one. They are a lot of fun and you’re definitely …

How To Mute Your Negative Inner Dialogue

Stop being your own worst critic. Here’s how you can clear your mind chatter and live in the now.<p>You’ve heard that voice in your head. You’ve lived with it for so long, you probably don’t even notice it anymore. What you do know is that this voice drives you crazy because it just won’t stop. It’s …

Would You Rather Be Alone With Your Thoughts Or Get Shocked?

Most people really don’t like being in their own heads, new research suggests. Some would even rather give themselves an electric shock instead of facing their thoughts.<p>Timothy Wilson, psychology professor at the University of Virginia (U.Va.), and colleagues from U.Va. and Harvard conducted 11 …

7 weird things money does to your brain

<b>(Alexander Kalina via Shutterstock)</b><p>The emerging field of neuroeconomics helps explain what your brain looks like on cash. It’s not always pretty<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>July 3, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Money is packed with meaning, and it impacts our personalities, …