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How to create your own author-centered knowledge graph

<b>I'm not a fear salesman</b>, really! But the thought to name this article as "how to defend abusive content removal requests" comes to me from the …

What happens in the brain when you no longer need the information you've learnt?

Throughout our lives we have multitudes of experiences that shape how we then behave in the world. Some of these lessons are learnt rapidly, such as …

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

Male brain versus female brain: How do they differ?

Chapter 16 of my book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>. Here's the introduction to the book, the chapter about topographic mapping, the chapter about mirror neurons, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience.<p><b>Summary</b>: Subtle observable differences exist between male and …

Imaginary friends help kids become better problem solvers, study finds

Play dates with an imaginary friend could help children become better problem solvers down the road. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal,</i> researchers have found that children who keep imaginary friends eventually develop better internalized thinking, which separately has been found to help children …

The brain on overload: Myth of multitasking, significance of memory

You’re not as good at multitasking as you think you are.<p>“We try to juggle a bunch of things at once, but multitasking is a myth,” said Daniel J. Levitin, dean of arts and humanities at Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute. “The brain is really shifting from one activity to the next. You’re …

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Could Help Improve Memory, Study Finds

The moment when you forget a work colleague's name even though it's on the tip of your tongue, is just plain awkward. But new technology could stop …

6 Highly Effective Ways To Improve Your Memory

So let's jump right in.<p>Here are six ways you can improve your memory from Belle Beth Cooper, content crafter at Buffer, the social media management tool that lets you schedule, automate, and analyze social-media updates. (Belle Beth was also the source for two extremely popular articles, 5 …

With '1 Percenter' Wealth Set To Surge, '99 Percenters' Should Rejoice

It’s hardly news at this point, but a new report from British anti-poverty charity Oxfam predicts that the world’s richest 1 percent will soon enough amass wealth that will be greater than half of the world’s total. If so, those not among the 1 percent (including this writer) should all be giddy …

Articulated Tripodal UFO And Alien Moon Base In 1971 Apollo 15 Mission Photo

A UFO researcher reported an anomaly in an Apollo 15 mission photo found in the archives of the website of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera …

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Neuroscientists reverse memories' emotional associations

Previous research has shown that many aspects of memory, including emotional associations, are malleable. Psychotherapists have taken advantage of …

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Study: Meditation Improves Memory, Attention

Students who did about an hour of "mindfulness training" for eight days subsequently did better on the GRE as well as tests of working memory and mind-wandering.<p>(chez_sugi/flickr)<p>Athletes Perform Better Under Pressure When They Make a Fist With Their Left Hand<br>• Black Children Are Less Likely to Be …

Top 10 books on memory

When I told people that I was going to write a book on memory, I saw "good luck with that" written on a few faces. Memory is a massive topic. Any intelligent system needs some way of tracking where it is in time, and that means remembering where it has been. No surprise, then, that studying memory …

7 Tricks to Improve Your Memory

I used to have a memory that amazed people, but in the last few years I’ve had trouble remembering names and movie titles. (“You know, the one about …

The Science of How Memory Works

<i>“Whatever becomes of [old memories], in the long intervals of consciousness?”</i> Henry James wistfully pondered upon turning fifty. <i>“They are like the lines of a letter written in sympathetic ink; hold the letter to the fire for a while and the grateful warmth brings out the invisible words.”</i> James was …

3 Weird Ways to Improve Your Memory

I think I've told you guys before that my memory is like a sieve (or maybe I didn't! see? memory!). So if you're anything like me and could use a brain helper every now and again, this latest research is for you.<p><b>Brain Booster #1: the Mediterranean Diet</b><p>New research has shown that the Mediterranean …

Scientists Are Scary Close To Controlling Our Memories And Brains With Computers

There are already thought-controlled gadgets and smart phone apps. But recently, a group of scientists at MIT took brain-computer interactions to a whole new level.<p>While they weren't able to create memories from scratch, they were able to associate different feelings to neutral memories in mice. In …