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Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

The Brain

Attention And The 8-Second Attention Span

There is a popular belief that the human attention span has shrunk because of the expanding uses of technology. Some Learning and Development …

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About TED<p>TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference …

Design

Design Principles for Reducing Cognitive Load

Every time you visit a website, a process of learning is initiated in the brain. Whether it’s the navigation, layout, or that auto-rotating image …

Usability

Facebook shows off its brain interface research and... wow

What if you could talk through your skin? What if you had a mouse you could control with your brain?<p>These are just two of the mind-blowing questions Facebook's Regina Dugan posed to the audience at the company's F8 developer conference, and the vision she laid out was so ambitious you could almost …

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Our Puny Human Brains Are Terrible at Thinking About the Future

Our future selves are strangers to us.This isn’t some poetic metaphor; it’s a neurological fact. FMRI studies suggest that when you imagine your …

Arizona State University

Researchers Identify a New Cognitive Bias

"My theory is true, if I do say so myself." SPOT stands for “Spontaneous Preference For Own Theories,” and it’s a newly identified cognitive …

Behavior

Why Do Our Recorded Voices Sound Weird to Us?

I have a big, dumb, deep, goofy voice.<p>But I’m reminded of it only when I hear a recording of myself while playing back an interview — or when friends do impressions of me, lowering their voices several octaves.<p>My high school classmate Walter Suskind has one of the deepest voices I’ve ever heard in …

Scientists Catch Slimes Learning, Even Though They Have 0 Neurons

Scientists show that brainless organisms can somehow learn and share knowledge.<br>Read More

Biology

The great goldfish attention span myth – and why it’s killing content marketing | LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

<i>Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the EMEA Marketing Solutions blog.</i><p>At this point in my career, I think I've lost count of the number …

The Attention Span Statistic Fallacy

The conventional wisdom these days is that our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. We are always looking down at our phones, not looking …

Infographics

Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked

It’s not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by ‘learning styles’ – let’s cut this nonsense from classrooms<p>It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and …

The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important

The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), like most transformational technologies, is both exciting and scary. It’s exciting to consider all the ways our lives may improve, from managing our calendars to making medical diagnoses, but it’s scary to consider the social …

Intelligence

Despite what you've been told, you aren't 'left-brained' or 'right-brained'

The brain is more complex than corporate team-building exercises suggest, but the myth is unlikely to die anytime soon<p>From self-help and business success books to job applications and smartphone apps, the theory that the different halves of the human brain govern different skills and personality …

Here's the cheat sheet for the 4 conundrums of the universe that our brains attempt to solve with what we call biases: https://t.co/cMwHJhElVL

The Cognitive Science Behind Learning

By Clark QuinnIn most any profession, there is a body of knowledge that drives decisions. Whether it’s medicine-based physiology or flight in …

Learning

Science of Learning 101: One (Important) Reason We Can’t Train Everyone the Same

In the last few months I’ve been discussing expertise—the building of knowledge and skills that allow people to perform at much higher levels of …

Learning

Scanners give scientists pictures of genius: this is your brain on math

For Kids

Humans Have Unique Brain ‘Fingerprints,’ Scientists Confirm

Our brains’ connections are so unique, they can be used to identify individuals. People say “our brains are wired differently,” and now a team of …

The Brain

10 Most Brilliant Social Psychology Experiments

Ten of the most influential social psychology experiments.<p>“I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things …

Psychology

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

The Brain

A Wandering Mind Isn't Just A Distraction. It May Be Your Brain's Default State.

This realization may help us better understand creativity and mental illness.<p>Even if you don’t consider yourself a daydreamer, you probably spend a <i>lot</i> of time in a state of mental wandering ― it’s natural for your mind to drift away from the present moment when you’re in the shower, walking to work …

Mindfulness

Good News: You've Got a Better Brain Than You Think

If babies could gloat, they would. The rest of us may have it all over them when it comes to size, strength and basic table manners, but brain power? …

The Brain

Exercise might be more than good for your brain — it could make you more creative as well

Exercise might not literally be magic, but when it comes to physical and mental transformation, it's probably the closest thing we've got. Fitness fanatics develop what sometimes seems — especially when you look at something like Crossfit or ultra-running from the outside — like cultish devotion to …

The Brain

Broca and Wernicke Are Dead – It’s Time to Rewrite the Neurobiology of Language

Researchers argue the Classic Model of the neurological basis of language function is obsolete in a new study.

Neuroscience

Sexual Pleasure Literally Puts You Into A Trance

Rhythm holds the key to good sex, a study suggests.<p>Many people feel that they “lose control” in the climax of a sexual encounter, and research shows this is a very apt description of what’s going on in the brain.<p>In a paper in the journal Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology last month, …

Consciousness

Researchers say brains not evolved for multi-tasking

Ever find yourself juggling multiple devices at once? You're not alone. Just don't call it multi-tasking. UCSF brain researcher Adam Gazzaley, M.D., …

The Brain

Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

Happiness