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Habits are the Enemy of Evolution

<i>“A good sound shock often helps the brain that has been atrophied by habit.” </i>— Napoleon Hill<p>Modern society has made most people physically and …

Self-improvement

Touch in infancy is important for healthy brain development

Touch underpins our social world and, evidence suggests, it may even help to reduce anxiety and provide pain relief. But can touch shape the actual …

The Brain

Exploring how deaf people ‘hear’ voice-hallucinations

A new UCL study, published in the July 2007 issue of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, systematically explores the perceptual characteristics of voice …

This game is teaching particle physics to five-year-olds

Five-year-olds and particle physics don't usually go in the same sentence together.<p>But the guys that made <i>Angry Birds</i> is trying to change that with the launch of <i>Big Bang Legends</i>, its new game that introduces particle physics concepts to kids.<p>“Five years ago we'd joke that one day we’ll teach quantum …

Particle Physics

Introduction to Philosophy: A Free Online Course

From John Sanders, Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, comes <i>Introduction to Philosophy</i>. In 10 lectures, Sanders’ course …

Philosophy

How emotions are 'made': why your definition of sadness is unlike anyone else's

Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett is changing the way we think about our emotions<p>Lisa Feldman Barrett says we need to revamp our thinking on emotions. She’s a professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, where she applies psychology and neuroscience research to explore how emotions …

Psychology

Why We Need to Stop Pretending That Everything Is Fine When It's Not

<b>“If you want to be happy, don’t do something you don’t like. Don’t say something you don’t mean. Pretending and lying to yourself will only breed</b> …

Self-improvement

Brain 'rewires' itself to enhance other senses in blind people

The brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such …

The Brain

Why virtual reality could be a mental health gamechanger

We’re still a long way from from being able to provide timely treatment to everyone who needs it, but we could be on the brink of change thanks to VR<p>Few tech topics are hotter right now than virtual reality (VR). Though it’s been around for decades, VR has at last entered the world of consumer …

Virtual Reality

The Curious Case of the Quantum Theory of Humor

The cognitive processes involved in humor bear a striking relationship to quantum phenomena. So can quantum mechanics help psychologists understand …

Quantum Mechanics

Could we trick the brain to stop tinnitus?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Tinnitus is the perception of sound (for example ringing, buzzing, whooshing or humming) in the absence of any external sound source.<p>Tinnitus can be constant or intermittent, steady or pulsating. It might be perceived in one ear or both, or in the middle of the head. Some people may even …

Neuroscience

Children understand far more about other minds than long believed

Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking. Swiss psychologist Jean …

Psychology

Controlling VR with Your Mind

The startup Neurable thinks its brain-computer interface will be fast and accurate enough for playing games in VR.<p>Virtual reality is still so new …

Family Members Can Play Important Role in Autism Diagnosis

New research finds the observations and then feedback from family and friends can play a key role in the early diagnosis of autism, aiding effective …

Autism

DNA deletion sparks separate outcomes of autism, schizophrenia | Spectrum

In children with a deletion on chromosome 22, having autism does not boost the risk of developing schizophrenia later in life, according to a new …

Autism

Changes in the vascular system may trigger Alzheimer's disease

As the average age of Americans increases, so too does the problem of Alzheimer's, one of the world's most common neurological diseases. In recent …

11 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Happy National Procrastination Week!Source: Getty ImagesEveryone has fallen victim to putting off a task at some point in their life. Take, for …

Procrastination

The surprising ways neuroscience can help design smarter, more intuitive cities

We have used economics, creativity, and technology to shape the built environment—and now it’s time for science to become the final piece in this puzzle. By integrating aspects of cognitive neuroscience into the design process, we can build cities that are primed for their residents’ health and …

Cities

What Does The Cerebellum Do? Probably Much More Than We Think

Despite years of research, our understanding of how the brain functions is still patchy — at least compared to other organs in the human body.<p>Take …

The Brain

What Your Face, Smell, and Walk Say About Your Personality, According to Science

New research shows people are oddly good at guessing your personality, even from the smallest clues.<p>We've all heard that first impressions are incredibly hard to shake. Experts often say that's because of cognitive biases that make it hard for people to change their opinions once they're formed …

Personality

Everything You Think You Know About Feelings Is Wrong

When neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett was in graduate school, she spent three years attempting to replicate long-heralded findings on self-esteem …

Psychology

How Trump Handles Being Caught in a Lie and What You Should Do Instead

Trump certainly isn’t the first politician to lie, but he’s made a reputation of it for a couple of reasons. One, he lies a lot. And two, when he’s …

Trump Tower

A Neuroscientist on How to Think Critically In Confusing Times

Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D, a psychology and neuroscience professor at McGill University and author of Weaponized Lies, on how not to let the post-truth …

Psychology

Stanford researchers accidentally discover a whole new role for the cerebellum

The cerebellum, that weird wrinkly bit of brainstuff at the back of the skull, is sort of the ugly stepsister of the brain. While the cerebrum gets …

Biology

Cracking the Brain’s Codes

How does the brain speak to itself?<p>In <i>What Is Life?</i> (1944), one of the fundamental questions the physicist Erwin Schrödinger posed was whether there …

The dark side of the brain: Too much emotional intelligence is a bad thing

A new study suggests that profound empathy may come at a price<p>Recognizing when a friend or colleague feels sad, angry or surprised is key to getting along with others. But a new study suggests that a knack for eavesdropping on feelings may sometimes come with an extra dose of stress. This and other …

Emotional Intelligence

Physicist Lawrence Krauss on the greatest scientific story ever told

“The reality beneath is much grander and more mysterious than we ever imagined."<p>Lawrence Krauss wants you to see the poetry in the universe.<p>A theoretical physicist, Krauss proclaimed in a recent talk: "Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded, and the atoms in your left hand probably …

Atheism

Phantom Phone Vibrations Illustrate a Loophole In Our Brain

<b>By Daniel J. Kruger, University of Michigan</b><p>Have you ever experienced a phantom phone call or text? You’re convinced that you felt your phone vibrate …

Psychology

A global report on happiness devoted an entire chapter to misery in America

Every year a group of UN economists and thinkers gets together to assess world happiness. The Nordic countries jostle with each other for the top spots, coming out so close that tiny changes lead to swaps in position (this year Norway took over from Denmark as number one.)<p>The US slipped one spot to …

Equality