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The science of songs: how does music affect your body chemistry?

Classical music makes shoppers buy more. Gentle tunes can cure insomnia. How? Writer, composer and science lecturer John Powell explains<p>Like many music lovers I’ve always had a fascination withthe emotional power. How can a combination of sounds make all the hairs on your arms stand on end, or make …

Science

Sorry, But Your Brain Only Knows One Way To Multitask Effectively

Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you’ve developed in that particular context.<p>The news that multitasking is bad isn’t even news anymore. In recent years, people have begun to recognize what psychologists have known for decades: If you try to do two things at the …

Harvard researchers have found the source of human consciousness

What is human consciousness and where does it come from? Throughout the ages, some of our greatest minds have probed this question, and struggled to …

People Who Never Worry Have These 7 Habits in Common

When anxiety hits, it can feel like a freight train slammed into you and knocked the wind right out. Other times it's like a roller coaster made its …

5 hobbies that will make you smarter

Work is never enough.<p>We all need to have hobbies other than our work to add value to our lives.<p>Finding activities that are rejuvenating is important, because it helps us maintain a proper work-life balance.<p>To prevent mental and emotional burnout, we need to disrupt our routines with a spark of …

Self-improvement

Bad Experiences Often Remembered Out of Context

When people experience a traumatic event, they often carry very strong memories of the specific negative event but keep only vague memories of the …

15 Time Wasters That Successful People Avoid

The reality is, there are only 24 hours in a day and there is nothing we can do to change that (at least not yet). I’m sure you struggle to make the …

We Agree to Disagree: The Science of Why Your Political Posts Won't Make Anyone Change Their Mind

In today's heated political stage, where everyone has a soapbox thanks to outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the personal blogs, I've tried my best not to share my political views publicly. And I've miserably failed. I use my own Facebook page and profile to talk about science, books …

Psychology

10 Daily Habits Holding You Back From Success

There’s no such thing as an overnight success. All the successful people you admire achieved their success by making daily choices. Some of those …

10 Signs You're Experiencing More Than Just Stress

Here's how to tell if your issues are deeper than everyday angst.<p>Nobody's perfect. And the stressors we all face on a regular basis can bring out the worst in pretty much everyone. But some people's emotional turmoil runs a bit deeper than your average, everyday angst.<p>The National Alliance on …

9 Simple Hacks for Energizing Your Productivity

Need to put an immediate end to your current procrastination cycle? These 9 productivity hacks can help.<p>We've all been there. We have a task or a huge project hanging over our heads that we keep putting off. The anxiety is growing with each passing minute we don't get to work. Other things become a …

11 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever

That's especially the case when it comes to learning important life skills.<p>To ascertain which talents are worth the investment, one Quora reader posed the question : "What are the hardest and most useful skills to learn?"<p>We've highlighted our favorite takeaways.

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Scientists discover neural mechanisms that indicate that we actively forget as we learn

They say that once you’ve learned to ride a bicycle, you never forget how to do it. But new research suggests that while learning, the brain is …

5 Ways To Stay Motivated When It Seems Like You’re Not Getting Anywhere

One of the most challenging parts of being productive and successful all comes down to finding ways to stay motivated. If you are someone who easily …

Brain training: should you believe the hype?

Do the puzzles, say the purveyors of pricey brain training apps, and you’ll boost memory and concentration. Researchers have put their claims to the test<p>Everything you do changes your brain. Even reading this article. Right now, wherever you are, looking at these words is shaping and modifying the …

The Science Of Music – Why Do Songs In A Minor Key Sound Sad?

<i>Dr Vicky Williamson is a lecturer in Music Psychology at Goldsmiths University. You can read her previous post in the Science Of Music series …

Music

What Albums and Lattes Have in Common: Consumer Psychology and the Music Business

The Psychology of Procrastination and How to Avoid It

Paul is a productivity blogger who loves helping people improve their productivity so they can get more out of life. Learn more about how Paul works …

Procrastination

A Stanford professor asked 24 volunteers to spend 2 weeks in prison and the results were catastrophic

During the summer of 1971, 24 volunteers living near Stanford University were interviewed, selected, and arrested.<p>They'd all responded to a simple newspaper ad calling for male college students whom, it said, would get $15 a day to participate in a "psychological study of prison life" that …

Psychology

8 Ways to Boost Self Motivation

We all want to find that extra bit of motivation. It’s Friday afternoon, the sun is shining and your productivity is nowhere to be seen. But it …

Science Finds Even More Evidence That Anxiety Isn't Just 'All In Your Head'

Thank your genetics.<p>One of the largest misconceptions about anxiety is that the disorder is something people "bring upon themselves," a concept that is as malignant as it is incorrect. Adding to the evidence against this isolating stereotype, a new study from the University of Wisconsin, Madison …

Depression

7 Time Management Mistakes That Are a Complete Waste of Time

Avoid the most common time management mistakes and learn how to keep your leadership on track.<p>For most of us, it seems there's never enough time in the day. We all have the same 24 hours, so why is it that some people achieve so much more than others?<p>The answer lies in good time management. High …

Time Management

15 Books You Should Read Before Starting Your Business

When my first company failed, a young startup I founded right after college, I wanted to know why. I spent the next year reading and working like an …

Why the Rorschach Test Is So Big in Japan

While psychologists in the United States focus on storytelling-based therapies, the famous inkblots remain a popular tool in Japan.<p>The Rorschach test has permeated the collective imagination perhaps more than any other psychological tool. The image of the impassive doctor, holding aloft a series of …

Psychology

Is this proof that male and female brains really are wired differently?

Study finds that men are less likely to react to emotional images, and forget them much quicker than women<p>The oft-repeated mantra that men are from Mars and women are from Venus has been lent credence by a major new study, which claims to show that the two genders process emotion differently.<p>Not …

How to nip antisocial personality disorder in the bud

Malcolm Gladwell calls it the “law of the few”: a small number of people can make a huge impact on the world. The law of the few certainly springs to mind when we look at the effect on society of those individuals who meet the criteria for antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). They number about …

Electrical brain stimulation beats caffeine – and the effect lasts longer

Researchers in the US have used electrical brain stimulation to boost the vigilance of sleep-deprived military personnel working on an airforce base.<p>Experiments on 18- to 42-year old men and women on active duty found that half an hour of electrical brain stimulation improved their performance …

Scientists Rediscover A Part Of The Brain That Was Forgotten For 100 Years

In 2012, researchers made note of a pathway in a region of the brain associated with reading, but "we couldn't find it in any atlas," said Jason Yeatman, a research scientist at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. "We'd thought we had discovered a new pathway …

The Brain

Psychology: How many senses do we have?

We often talk of having five senses as a universal truth. In reality, there may be more – or fewer – depending on the way you look at the question. Christian Jarrett explains the controversy.<p>Some myths about the brain, such as the idea we only use 10% of our grey matter, are notorious, especially …