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Scientists selectively erase memories from meth-addicted mice

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have managed to successfully isolate and remove memories from the brains of mice.<p><i>(Mouse, profile image</i> …

George Plimpton on the Art of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Stage Fright

The art of giving a great presentation has occupied humanity for as long as recorded history can trace, from the great oratory schools of Ancient Greece to the TED era.<p>In <b>How to Use the Power of the Printed Word</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the same treasure trove that gave us Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 timeless rules …

How to Optimize Your Brain: Why Refining Emotional Recall is the Secret to Better Memory

We’ve seen the many ways in which our memory can be our merciless traitor: it is not a recording device but a practitioner of creative plagiarism, a terrible timekeeper, and the bent backbone in the anatomy of lying. How, then, can this essential human faculty become our ally?<p>In <b>The Art of Doing:</b> …

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

<i>“Find something more important than you are,”</i> philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, <i>“and dedicate your life to it.”</i> But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of …

The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life-Cycle of Happiness

<i>“If I expect as little as possible, I won’t be hurt,”</i> Susan Sontag famously wrote in her diary. And yet we’re wired to expect a lot — and to expect great things. So argues neuroscientist <b>Tali Sharot</b> in <b>The Science of Optimism: Why We’re Hard-Wired for Hope</b> — a short, absorbing TED Book summarizing …

The Art of Thought: A Pioneering 1926 Model of the Four Stages of Creativity

In 1926, thirteen years before James Webb Young’s <i>Technique for Producing Ideas</i> and more than three decades before Arthur Koestler’s seminal “bisociation” theory of how creativity works, English social psychologist and London School of Economics co-founder <b>Graham Wallas</b>, sixty-eight at the time, …

Beware of Beauty Overload: The Adaptive Eye of the Beholder

<i>“Attitudes toward beauty are entwined with our deepest conflicts surrounding flesh and spirit,”</i> Harvard’s Nancy Etcoff wrote in her indispensable meditation on the psychology of beauty. But beauty’s primal appeal and its polarizing power on our inner world has a dark side. In a chapter …

Why You Should Learn To Give Up A Goal Without Guilt

More often than not our reason for letting go of a goal is that we’ve evolved away from it. That’s okay. And in moving past one goal, you might discover another.<p>If you read a lot of self-help books, you know that you can’t get through a page without a discussion of goals. For good reason. Having a …

Oprah Winfrey

John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, <b>John Cleese</b> (b. October 27, 1939) offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and …

How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius

For as long as I can remember — and certainly long before I had the term for it — I’ve believed that creativity is combinatorial: Alive and awake to the world, we amass a collection of cross-disciplinary building blocks — knowledge, memories, bits of information, sparks of inspiration, and other …

Monotasking Is The New Multitasking

How can you get anything done when your “tasks” turn into competing preoccupations? In this age of distraction, it’s all about monotasking. Here are six tips for doing it right.<p>We all know multitasking is inefficient. A classic 2007 study of Microsoft workers found that when they responded to email …

Time Management

How to Find Your Life's Purpose and Make Yourself a Better Person

Some mornings, you may feel that there’s something deeper you could be a part of. You feel the pull towards something but you can’t exactly pin it …

How Your Language Affects Your Wealth and Health

Does the language we speak determine how healthy and rich we will be? New research by Keith Chen of Yale Business School suggests so. The structure …

Brand Strategy And Jung's Archetypes

Archetypes in product branding are nothing new. The Jungian-based psychology behind the use of archetypes began in earnest shortly after World War …

5 Tips to Make Your Dreams Come True | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

How badly do you want your dreams to come true? Dive deep into these 5 tips and let me know what you think, I’m here to help you.<p>Tip #1: Write It …

Motivation

10 Cognitive Distortions that are Stressing You Out and Sapping Your Productivity | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

The sculpture, Parable with a Skull, by Jaroslav Róna features a giant skull resting atop a person’s back weighed down on their hands and knees, and …

How I Learned To Get The Most Out Of Every Week’s 168 Hours

Would you rather flip through a Pottery Barn catalog or train for and run a half-marathon? The secret to time management is all about priorities.<p>I’ve always loved the phrase “the truth will set you free.”<p>While I’ll admit that objectivity is hard to achieve, when you face reality as head on as …

Time Management

Are You a Maker or a Taker? | Inc.com

There's been a lot of talk over the past few years about the difference between "makers" and "takers." While I don't agree with the standard political definition of the two groups, I do think that there's some validity to the basic idea.<p>Here's how I see the difference:<p><b>1. Confidence.</b> <i>Makers</i> know …

Self-improvement

Positive Procrastination: Getting Stuff Done, Intuitively

I relish a good organizational system (love getting stuff done) as much as creative freedom. The answer for me (and maybe for you) is structured flow.<p>…

How to Release Sexual Urges

Try Doing Some Creative Work When You're in a Bad Mood

When you're feeling cranky or upset, it might feel like the worst time to tackle a problem or do something creative. A study by the British …