Erika Nusser

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How wrong is your time zone?

In an ideal world, everyone's clocks would strike 12 noon just as the Sun reached the highest point in its path across the sky. But clock- (aka …

Forecasting The 'Future' By Tapping Into Human Consciousness

Now more than ever before, we have the tools to study the mysteries of consciousness. Memory, dreams, the self are now being examined using high-tech brain scans developed by physicists on the cutting edge of their field.<p>Dr. Michio Kaku, professor at the City College of New York, is among them. In</i> …

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day -- And How to Avoid Them

Get ready to have your mind blown.<p>I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously make <i>all the time</i>. Obviously, none of them are huge, life-threatening mistakes, but they are really surprising, and avoiding them could help us to make more rational, sensible …

Scared of the dentist? This is why, say neuroscientists

The whir of a dentist's drill might bring on the shakes and a racing heart, but what happens in the brain has long been a mystery.<p>Now researchers in Japan believe they are closer to an answer after scanning people's brains while playing them sounds of dental drills and suction instruments.<p>People …

How people who keep secrets are unhappier and unhealthier

The cons of being trustworthy: How people who keep secrets are unhappier and unhealthier than those who spill the beans<p>By<p>No matter how trustworthy …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

How Our Minds Mislead Us: The Marvels and Flaws of Our Intuition

Every year, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> summons some of our era’s greatest thinkers and unleashes them on one provocative question, whether it’s the single most elegant theory of how the world works or the best way to enhance our cognitive toolkit. This year, he sets out on …

The Self Illusion: How Our Social Brain Constructs Who We Are

We’ve already seen that the notions of stable character and fixed personality are a myth. And yet, our culture is wired for labels and checkboxes, eager to neatly file people away into categorical cabinets and thrown into furor over the slightest inkling of multiplicity. Take, for instance, Howard …

Can You Think Your Way to Happiness?

Happiness is a national obsession of ours. We all feel we deserve it -- unlike many other cultures in which it's more or less taken for granted that the human condition is one of misery. The ancient Greeks harped on the idea that even the most prosperous and most powerful human being could lose …

Why We're So Materialistic, Even Though It Doesn't Make Us Happy

No matter who you are, it's easy to get a little caught up in the idea of getting new <i>stuff</i>. Here's a look at <i>why</i> your brain is so materialistic and …

Minimalism

Leadership Is About Emotion

Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. I’ll bet …

Self-Affirmation Could Give People In Poverty Added Mental Boost, Study Suggests

Sometimes a little bit of self-affirmation is all it takes to give you that much-needed push.<p>A new study in the journal Psychological Science shows that remembering a past achievement or proud moment is associated with better performance on problem-solving tests among people in poverty, and also …

3 Small Steps for Accepting Yourself

Our relationship with ourselves is the foundation for all other relationships. But it’s also one that we’re most likely to neglect or put on …

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

<i>Editors’ Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here and Cheryl Conner has interviewed Amy in a Forbes video chat about this article here.</i><p>For all the time executives spend concerned about physical …

15 Quotes To Inspire You To Greatness in 2014

Sometimes we need an extra push to follow our dreams in the new year. Great quotes can inspire us, motivate us, and help us get through hard times. In 2014, it’s time to take your career to a whole new level.<p>No more making excuses for why you can’t go after your dream job or the title you know you …

Reading Changes Brain's Connectivity, Study Suggests

It's no secret that reading is good for your brain. But what actually happens inside your brain when you read a great novel?<p>“Stories shape our lives and in some cases help define a person,” Dr. Gregory S. Berns, director of Emory University's Center for Neuropolicy in Atlanta, said in a written …

An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity — a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree …

How to Break Your Bad Habits and Make New Habits Stick

Stop with the excuses, the "I can'ts" and the BS in your brain that tells you the bad habits you have created are impossible to break. Habits are …

Somewhere

<i>No matter what we're going through, the opposite is happening somewhere else at the same time. This awareness doesn't minimize our own experience but adds context and medicine to the truth of any given moment, the way a rip in the curtains we have drawn seems like a violation of the privacy we so</i> …

Keep Calm: 9 Mantras To Get You Through Your Toughest Challenges

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

Why We Need To Sleep In Total Darkness

The modern bedroom is full of lights, from glowing computer monitors and clock radios to any number of blinking and glimmering electronic devices. …

Sleep

The Deceptively Intelligent Doodle

Many of us have had this exact experience: We’re seated at a table during an obligatory meeting, listening to a colleague or higher-up speak. For a …

What to Do When You're Broken

Though no one likes it, each of us will find ourselves broken at some point in our journey. When we find ourselves there, what do we do? I've been …

20 Life-Changing Questions to Ask Yourself in 2014

For many of us, it seems easy to fall into the torment trap, when sadness strikes; it can snowball into more negative thoughts. These thought patterns can consume us which can keep us feeling unhappy. But it is possible to turn your mood around.<p>Here are 20 life-changing questions to ask yourself in …

Brave Society

Observe & Accept Your Thoughts, But You Don't Have to Follow Them

Our minds are like cities. Some blocks are beautiful, safe, open and pleasant. Others are imaginative, colorful, creative and fun. Then there are the …

How to Be Happy When Life Is Tough

When smack in the middle of a stressful situation or painful experience it can feel impossible to see the blessings or imagine a positive outcome. We've all had struggles, failures, and really horrific experiences. People don't always treat us like they should. Plans fail even when perfectly laid …

The Mind Can Be a Lonely Place​

The mind can be a lonely place. Feeling isolated in our own thoughts, we are depressed, anxious, stressed. We think the cause is too much work or a difficult early childhood. But the cause is actually our awareness is starved, continually starving day after day. When our mental world is tied in …