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Squat Because Your Brain Needs Strong Legs

While we tend to focus on the physiological effects of a lack of movement when it comes to our skeleton or musculature, we tend to have little …

Neuroscience

An Argument Against Every General Theory of Consciousness

As a philosophical expert on theories of consciousness, I try to keep abreast of the most promising recent theories. I also sometimes receive …

Consciousness

If Hacking DNA Frightens You, This Will Terrify You

In an amazing and frightening 9-minute internal video Google explains the next great frontier in hacking humans<p>We're all familiar with the double helix that constitutes our genetic makeup, the incredible progress in decoding it, and the potential for hacking it to eradicate disease or even create …

Genetics

Science Explains How the Iceman Resists Extreme Cold

Finland’s Arctic circle might not seem like a great place to run a marathon barefoot and in shorts—unless you’re Wim Hof. Hof, better known as "The …

The Brain

Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe After Death

A book titled <i>“Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe”</i> has stirred up the Internet, because …

Consciousness

How Does Your Consciousness Make Everything Real?

Does reality exist without us? Physicists have found it maddeningly difficult to write the observer out of quantum theory.<p>Now some are contemplating …

Quantum Mechanics

Laurel or Yanny? Linguist Says Yes, it's Possible to Hear Both

This four-second clip doesn't need to divide the internet.<p>The viral “Laurel or Yanny” meme is quickly becoming 2018’s version of the Dress Illusion, …

Music Production

How to immediately refresh your brain to restore high-level thinking

Mental clarity can escape anyone.<p>Surely even Einstein and Shakespeare had their moments. It happens.<p>It’s your ability to recover that matters.<p>You can …

Creativity

Neuroscience shows listening to music has kind of the same effect as meditation

What do the Dalai Lama and a bass-music fanatic getting low at 3am at Burning Man have in common?<p>A surprising amount, actually.<p>From mood enhancement and relaxation to full-blown oneness with the cosmos, music has the ability to powerfully shift our state of mind. Meditation is not that different. …

Meditation

What Happens After Death? New Theory Suggests Consciousness Moves To Another Universe?

A book titled “<i>Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe</i>“ has stirred up the internet, because …

Quantum Mechanics

Can Integrated Information Theory Explain Consciousness?

Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last …

Consciousness

Brain Wave Synchronicity Study Explains Coachella's Neurological Appeal

As anyone who made the annual pilgrimage to the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival knows, there’s a singular quality to watching a musical …

Too much sitting may shrink part of brain tied to memory

It may be time to ditch the desk chair: A new study links sitting too much each day with memory problems in middle-age and older adults.<p>Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that long stretches of sedentary behavior — like spending all day in your desk chair — were …

A New Study Shows Meditation Has Long-Term Benefits of Up to 7 Years

Whether meditation is your thing or not, you can't deny all the benefits associated with the practice: better sleep, cognitive improvement, antianxiety aid, stress relief, and more. And now, a recent study that came out of the University of California, Davis further confirms the notion that …

How I Got Delightfully High On Legal Mushrooms

Ever since Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon’s eccentric but oddly compelling food diary went viral — and people finally started taking Goop …

Harvard Study: Clearing Your Mind Affects Your Genes And Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

Harvard researchers pinpointed dozens of genes that operated differently in people whose blood pressure dropped after they started meditating.

Medicine

Memory-boosting brain prosthesis shows impressive results in human trials

A DARPA-funded study has raised the possibility of memory-enhancing brain prostheses. Following animal research that had returned successful results, …

The Brain

I woke up at 4 a.m. and spent 10 hours meditating for 10 days straight — here's why you should try it

I went on my first silent meditation retreat in 2012. When I signed up, I envisioned 10 blissful days of meditation in the misty Thai mountains, totally serene and free from all worldly distractions. Prepping for my third course this November, however, I knew exactly what I was getting …

This New Study Sets The Record Straight On What Déjà Vu Really Is & It's So Wild

Having déjà vu can be a somewhat disorienting experience, there's no doubt about that. You're in a totally new situation, and yet you get this …

Inducing déjà vu to put premonition to the test

Whether it strikes when you're visiting a new place that seems oddly familiar, or you feel like you've lived through a specific moment before, déjà …

Up to 60 per cent of prisoners have head injuries, as experts warn brain damage may fuel crime

More than half of criminals may have suffered a head injury which could be fuelling their offending, a new review by British brain experts suggests.<p>Specialists from the universities of Oxford, Exeter, Manchester, Glasgow and Sheffield, and the Centre for Mental Health, are calling for all prisoners …

Here’s the Tech That Could One Day Track, Boost, or Erase Human Memory

Human memories are notoriously fallible. We forget things, misremember things, and often don’t even know what we no longer know.What if there was a …

Emerging Technology

Kale, other leafy vegetables may make your brain seem 11 years younger

Look into your salad bowl and think: If a fountain of cognitive youth were flowing in there, would you return every day?<p>In research that gives new …

Mixing magic mushrooms and meditation has long-term benefits, Johns Hopkins study finds

The benefits of controlled psilocybin use and spiritual practice on people's well-being long outlast the high, researchers find.<br>Read More

Consciousness

This Fake "God Helmet" Can Induce Mystical Experiences in People

People reported hearing voices and losing control of their body.<p>A skateboarding helmet with nonfunctional wires attached has nevertheless proven to …

Consciousness

Zap your brain for a better you

Squirt some conductive gel on your skin, place a lightweight headset on your noggin and, according to a number of companies at CES, there's barely a limit to the types of self-improvement you can achieve. You can improve your sleep or your athletic performance, or lose weight. You might relieve …

You think you’re clairvoyant, but your brain is just tricking you

Have you ever felt as though you predicted exactly when the light was going to turn green or sensed that the doorbell was about to ring? Imagine the possibility that these moments of clairvoyance occur simply because of a glitch in your mind's time logs.<p>What happened first — your thought about the …

Consciousness

Sound waves enhance deep sleep and memory

CHICAGO - Gentle sound stimulation — such as the rush of a waterfall — synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in …