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10 Effective Ways To Make You A Faster Learner

The importance of learning cannot be underestimated. Learning empowers us to fulfill our ideas and realize our full potential. The speed of gaining …


How City Living May Be Harming Your Mental Health, And What You Can Do About It

City life can take a serious toll on your mental health. Research has shown that urban dwellers are more likely to suffer from chronic stress and mental illness, particularly depression.

But according to new research, the antidote to those city blues could be as simple as a walk in the park.

A …

Mental Health

Chart: How Inside Out's 5 emotions work together to make more feelings

Very, very mild spoilers for Inside Out follow.An important part of the climax of Pixar's wonderful new film Inside Out involves the realization that …


8 experiences you should try on Google Cardboard right now

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Taking those first steps into a virtual world

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Adult Swim Virtual Brainload

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Mercedes VR for …


Do Musicians with Perfect Pitch Have More Autism Traits than Musicians without Perfect Pitch? An Empirical Study


Perfect pitch, also known as absolute pitch (AP), refers to the rare ability to identify or produce a musical tone correctly without the …


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Autism Research Undertaken by Organisations other than Research Autism

This page provides details of autism research being undertaken by organisations …

Developmental Disabilities

This cognitive bias explains why we constantly misunderstand other people

Years of research suggests that we tend to hold other people to different standards than we hold ourselves.

For example: Your coworker turns in a project late, and you assume he's a slacker. The next week, you turn in a project late, and you tell yourself it's because you were preoccupied with …


How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

If you run into an old friend at the train station, your brain will probably form a memory of the experience. And that memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw him.

For the first time, researchers have been able to see that sort of link being created in people's …

The Brain

DARK CHOCOLATE can increase attention span and alertness

Experts from Northern Arizona University have now developed a new chocolate recipe which can increase attention levels and alertness as well as …

Lysosomes Failure to Perform May Contribute to Alzheimer's Disease

Lysosomes, the “garbage disposal” systems of cells, are found in great abundance near the amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of

Life Sciences

Autism, Intervening Prenatally? A Conversation With Neurobiologist Jonathan Delafield-Butt

Jonathan Delafield-Butt is a neurobiologist and developmental psychologist at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland who thinks the current theory of evolution needs to be far more nuanced to include, in particular, how biological form and function are transmitted across generations, as well as …


Textbooks are getting psychology's most famous case study wrong

It's a remarkable, mythical tale with lashings of gore – no wonder it's a favourite of psychology students the world over.

I'm talking about Phineas Gage, the nineteenth century railway worker who somehow survived the passing of a three-foot long tamping iron through the front of his brain and out …


Scientists have made the first fully functional artificial human brain cells

It seems that growing miniature brains in the lab just wasn't good enough for neuroscientists, as a group of researchers have now constructed an artificial neuron that works like the real thing. Amazingly, the fake cell manages to capture the fundamental signal-transmitting function of neurons and …

The Brain

Hope for Alzheimer's treatment as researchers find licensed drugs halt brain degeneration

Two licensed drugs have been shown to halt brain degeneration in mice, raising the prospect of a rapid acceleration in the search for a medicine to beat Alzheimer’s disease.

The results, presented on Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Society annual research conference in Manchester, have been hailed as …

The Brain

Depression makes the hippocampus region of the brain smaller, study finds

The region of the brain responsible for new memories and regulating emotions is smaller in the brains of people with recurrent depression, according …

The Brain

Chronic depression shrinks brain's memories and emotions

The hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for memory and emotion, shrinks in people with recurrent and poorly treated depression, a global study has found.

The findings highlighted the importance of treating depression early, particularly in teenagers and young adults, the study …

The Brain

Wanting to Feel Good, Familiar or Useful?

But what about familar emotions? Do people like, and seek out, familiar emotions more than unfamilar ones? Or, do people merely seek out emotions …


Olfactory Fingerprint Points to Personal Sense of Smell

Each of us has, in our nose, about six million smell receptors of around four hundred different types. The distribution of these receptors varies

Scientific Research

Placebo Effect – The Amazing Power of Consciousness

Research on the placebo effect is revealing some amazing discoveries about the power of belief. Placebos were created to control for suggestion, …


Why the Promise of Reward Outweighs Risk for the Teenage Brain

Dopamine neurons are activated less than in adults brains when teens are faced with the prospect of a reward, a new study reports.

The Brain

How Your Brain Knows Summer Is Coming

Angela is not a typical one-year-old. Before her birth, Angela's parents were told that she had anencephaly, a birth defect that prevents the growth …

The Brain

Teaching Emotion Regulation Skills to Sensory Kids

The Sensory Spectrum welcomes guest author John Pagano, Ph.D., OTR/L of Fab Strategies.The following article is reprinted with permission by the


The Creativity Myth

I have a distinct memory of going through my journals and notebooks when I was 10 or 11 and grading my own artwork; I gave almost everything an F. "This is terrible," I scrawled across one page with the beginnings of a sketch of a minaret, my intense frustration apparent in the big, sharp-edged …


The Thing about Depression Is It Hides Behind Corners

DeviantART member DestinyBlue illustrates her experience with mental illness in this piece titled Depression. She explains that unlike physical …


Is this a revolution in brain science?


“Brain drain” is taking on new, and promising, meaning in the wake of two studies published this month that could help revolutionize how …

The Brain

How To Turn Your Smartphone Into Your Personal Therapist

Could the technology that causes so much of our stress and anxiety also be the cure?

Last spring, Paul Ford was sick of the self-sabotaging, disparaging voice in his head, so he decided to do something about it. He'd been living with anxiety all his life, but it was getting in the way of his …


Want To Be More Creative? Your Personality May Hold The Key

Are you focused or does your mind wander? Increase your creativity by using a cognitive approach that best suits your personality.

Creative insight tends to strike one of two ways: either we labor over our work for hours and eventually find an innovative solution, or we’re driving in a car or lying …


Do You Have A Writer’s Personality? Part 2

In part one, we discussed an array of traits, behaviors, tendencies, abilities, and thinking patterns that characterize writers, especially those who …


Neuroscientist, who says it’s possible to upload brains to computers, will change how you think about thinking

On an average working day, Dr. Hannah Critchlow has the privilege of watching the brain come alive in bright, electric lights. She maps its circuits, …

The Brain