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Bio of Psychologist Robert Sternberg

Robert Jeffrey Sternberg is an American psychologist known for his theories on love, intelligence and creativity. He was born in New Jersey on …

Cambridge University

10 Things You Don't Know about Yourself

You probably do not understand yourself as well as you think you do

Junot Diaz on The Legacy of Childhood Trauma

In a harrowing personal essay at <i>The New Yorker</i>, Junot Diaz breaks his silence about being raped by a trusted adult when he was 8 years old — a …

What Sleeping With Married Men Taught Me About Infidelity

I’m not sure it’s possible to justify my liaisons with married men, but what I learned from having them warrants discussion. Not between the wives and me, though I would be interested to hear their side. No, this discussion should happen between wives and husbands, annually, the way we inspect the …

Relationships

This stem-cell implant could halt an incredibly common cause of blindness - MIT Technology Review

An eye implant made of a thin sheet of human embryonic stem cells might be an effective treatment for a common form of vision loss.<p>Researchers at the …

So Neanderthals made abstract art? This astounding discovery humbles every human

Abstract painting? My Neanderthal great great grandad could do that!<p>If you go to the painted caves of Spain and France, crawl through narrow passages and keep your balance on slippery rock floors, you reach the hidden places where ice age hunters made their marks tens of thousands of years ago. …

Humanity

An effortless way to improve your memory

A surprisingly potent technique can boost your short and long-term recall – and it appears to help everyone from students to Alzheimer’s patients.<p>When trying to memorise new material, it’s easy to assume that the more work you put in, the better you will perform. Yet taking the occasional down time …

The Brain

Watch nerve cells being born in the brains of living mice

View the videoBrain scientists have filmed a first-of-a-kind birth video. It reveals specialized cells in the brains of mice dividing to create …

4 Proven Methods for Learning Faster

Our brains are constantly optimizing themselves.<p><i>What can we do to learn better and faster? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Brett Wingeier, CTO and co-founder of Halo Neuroscience,</b> …

Short-Term Memory

Somewhere in the brain is a storage device for memories

New technology and new ideas spur the hunt for the physical basis of memory.

Want to Be Happy? Think Like an Old Person

Jonas Mekas turned 95 this year and won a lifetime achievement award in Frankfurt, Germany. Ping Wong, 92, learned new rules for playing mah-jongg. Helen Moses, who turned 93, mostly gave up talk of marrying Howie Zeimer, her steady companion of the last eight years. Ruth Willig, 94, broke a bone …

Jersey Shore

The 17 Most-read WIRED Stories of 2017

What were WIRED readers interested in during the past year? Well, they seem to be no more interested in Donald Trump than in bananas, which they care …

Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

Mathematics is full of weird number systems that most people have never heard of and would have trouble even conceptualizing. But rational numbers …

The modern-day version of a thousand-year-old philosophy can help anyone be more confident

Ever feel like you're not good enough? Something bad happens and your brain plays a YouTube highlight reel of every mistake you've ever made. Your confidence crashes and your self-esteem flatlines.<p>You're not alone. People have been feeling like this as long as there have been people. It's an old …

Major cause of dementia discovered

An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of a major cause of dementia, with important implications for possible treatment and …

You Can Become a Memory Champion, Too

Need to memorize a series of numbers? Try this: Imagine yourself walking through a house while locking visualizations of a “12” or “78” into …

Rare genetic mutation found in Amish community could combat ageing

The discovery of a rare genetic mutation that prolongs human life has raised hopes for new treatments to combat ageing and prevent age-related disorders from heart disease to dementia.<p>Researchers spotted the mutation in an Amish population in Indiana where carriers were found to have better …

Northwestern University

Harvard scientists think they might have pinpointed the source of human consciousness

Human consciousness has been defined as awareness, sentience, a person's ability to experience and feel, but despite the important role it plays in our lives and making us who we are, we actually know very little about how consciousness works.<p>Scientists currently believe that consciousness is …

Your memories are less accurate than you think

How do police extract eyewitness accounts they can trust?<p>Earlier this year, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations reported that a cold case of nearly 14 years had finally been cracked. In 2015, a woman who was attacked by her Air Force instructor in 2000 had been able to describe a family …

The rise of agricultural states came at a big cost, a new book argues

Against the Grain<i><br>James C. Scott</i><i><br>Yale Univ., $26</i>Contrary to popular opinion, humans didn’t shed a harsh existence as hunter-gatherers and herders for …

One of the most sensational scoops of recent times: Priest of Nature reviewed

Rob Iliffe digs up some fascinating finds in Newton’s almost totally forgotten theological writings<p>John Calvin believed that human nature was a ‘permanent factory of idols’; the mind conceived them, and the hand gave them birth. Isaac Newton acquired a copy of Calvin’s <i>Institutes</i> when he went up to …

New Testament

This is how your brain tells time

It takes a whole lotta gray matter.<p>Your mind is constantly counting: the rhythm of your speech, the minutes until your next snack, the awful pause between text messages. Without all that tallying, you’d misinterpret a friend’s motives, or (horrors!) miss doughnut time. So how does your clever …

OK police chief ousted after revelations he's listed as the owner of a white supremacist website

Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a hate map following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.<p>That map identified only one group …

Rights & Freedoms

Mysteries of turbulence unravelled

Simulations follow how swirls in a fluid transfer and dissipate energy.<p>“When I meet God, I’m going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why …

It’s in the deeds: what we do shapes who we are | Brian R Little

Personality traits aren’t the only things that define us, says Brian R Little: the projects we choose are also key<p>Did you know that it is virtually impossible to lick the outside of your own elbow? More significantly, how you respond to this piece of information – and how you attempt the pursuit – …

Psychology

Ivy League MOOCs - Free Online Classes from the Ivies

Options from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, and More<p>Most of the eight ivy league universities are now offering some form of publicly …

Mediterranean style diet may prevent dementia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Meals from the sunny Mediterranean have been linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart and longer life, along with a reduced risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.<p>Now you can add lowering your risk for dementia to the ever growing list of reasons to follow the Mediterranean diet or …

Holistic Medicine

An Ancient Cure for Alzheimer’s?

In 2011, Ben Trumble emerged from the Bolivian jungle with a backpack containing hundreds of vials of saliva. He had spent six weeks following indigenous men as they tramped through the wilderness, shooting arrows at wild pigs. The men belonged to the Tsimane people, who live as our ancestors did …

Alzheimer's Disease

Nina Riggs’ The Bright Hour and other memoirs by dying authors, reviewed.

“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” Samuel Johnson remarked, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” The same can be said of the …

Books