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Police have dangerous jobs, but some empathy could make everyone safer

By now, no one is insulated from hearing about incidents of police shootings or violence against police officers. While fatal shootings are thankfully still stastically rare events, this does not diminish the emotional impact of hearing about a violent death.<p>All of us want to see our law …

The secret of empathy: Stress from the presence of strangers prevents empathy, in both mice and humans

The ability to express empathy -- the capacity to share and feel another's emotions -- is limited by the stress of being around strangers, according …

9 Surprising Ways Your Body Can Influence Your Mind

Psychologist Alice Haddon explores the intriguing relationship between our minds and our muscles.<p>Most of us are aware that a positive attitude can improve health and speed recovery from illness, but does this also work the other way around?<p>'Embodied cognition' is a term used by psychologists to …

Practicing Kindness Can Change Your Brain, New Study Suggests

<b>Being compassionate is thought to be a personality trait that only some of us have</b>. The ability to ignore suffering and turn a blind eye toward the …

Does Your Mind Wander? Here’s Why That Can Be Your Greatest Asset

Wandering minds are associated with creativity. Popular wisdom tells you to live in the moment.<p><i>Huh?</i><p>So is it better to be unfocused or focused?<p>Let’s …

25 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>CodeAcademy</b>— Learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript with this free, interactive resource.<p><b>Coursera</b>— With more than 800 free courses on topics that range from internet history to financial engineering, the education …

The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning

Multitasking is pretty much seen as a necessity in the modern world. The ability to do several things at once – even if it’s something as apparently simple as emailing and talking at the same time – is taken for granted.<p>But the belief that engaging in several tasks at once means we are more …

Omega-3 Brain Foods

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by anxious thoughts and unable...<p>As parents, we want our children to get all the nutrients they...<p>Today we are nearly …

Lyme Disease

Take This Step Before You Judge

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured …

Why I Want My Daughters To Learn Empathy Rather Than Chinese

Since I’ve become a mother I have received all kinds of advice about what my daughters should learn in order to be successful. Computer programming. English. Chess. Ballet. Chinese. Math. Team sports. Music. Martial arts.<p>I’m pregnant with my third daughter; I’m already in my seventh month, with a …

Scientists Think Synaesthesia Is Something You Can Learn

A recent experiment by conducted by the University of Sussex suggests it may be possible to learn to experience synesthesia, a rare condition that mixes up brain signals and leads people to hear colors or taste words. Researcher David Bor had volunteers read ebooks with 13 letters consistently …

Meditation the new tool to reach peak performance

It's relatively easy to spot the physical differences between, say, an Olympic rower and a couch potato. But it's the mind as much as the muscles that make a champion – so is it possible to pick an "elite brain" out of a crowd of ordinary grey matter?<p>That's the challenge that a team of …

Mindfulness

Scientists discover a new origin of oxygen on Earth and in space

Scientists have discovered a new way to make molecular oxygen (O2) from carbon dioxide (CO2) -- no green plants involved.<p>Their findings could alter our understanding of the Earth's early atmosphere and how oxygen might form on other planets with carbon dioxide in their atmospheres.<p>In a paper …

Scientists say some farts can help prevent cancer, strokes and dementia

The smell of flatulence could help avoid cancer, strokes, heart attacks and dementia, according to scientists at Exeter University. Hydrogen sulfide …

Exeter

Math Square #223

Welcome to today's <b>mentalfloss.com</b> Brain Game challenge, <i>Monday Math Square #223.</i> Good luck:<p><b>Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that</b> …

Another 5 Reasons Video Games Are Actually Good For You

Several more ways video games are making us better.<p>It’s been a while since we’ve touched on the benefits of video games on our health and well-being. …

Video games: Time to tackle the taboo

As video games become a more intrinsic part of our culture, Kirk McKeand hopes that the industry will be allowed to explore more controversial subjects, but that creators need to learn from their mistakes.<p>Like rock n’ roll's beginnings, elements of video games considered taboo now will likely be …

The Original Version of the Declaration of Independence

In 1776, the Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence. But the document you know and can probably recite from memory (at least …

Thomas Jefferson

How Americans Celebrated Independence Day in 1777

July 4, 1776, may not be the day the Continental Congress declared their independence from England (that would be July 2). It's not even the day that …

United States