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Madrid: Nadal d. Bautista Agut

You know that Rafael Nadal clay-court slump? It was fun while it lasted, right?<p>Today in the Madrid semifinals, Nadal put the naysayers and critics in …

Nelson's victory at Copenhagen

Richard Cavendish recreates the circumstances of Horatio Nelson's victory at Copenhagen on April 2nd, 1801.<p>On land Horatio Nelson could seem amiably …

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How to Improve Your Posture in Just 5 Minutes

Think of some of the most confident, successful people you know.<p>Do you ever recount seeing them slouching or maintaining bad posture even …

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How to Improve Your Social Skills in 2 Months

<b>Got this email from a reader yesterday, maybe you can relate:</b><p>“The things that are most difficult for me are: interacting with people/meeting new …

Make a "Super Resolution" to Get Your Mind Fit | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When we plan our New Year’s Resolutions, we often create goals like exercising more, quitting smoking, or eating healthier. Yet, research shows only …

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Life-Savers For The Naturally Disorganized | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Feeling overwhelmed by having too much time on your hands? This can happen easily if you are a solopreneur, working from home, a stay-at-home mom or …

10 Things in Nature That Are Not the Color You'd Expect

Blue lava? A blood-red waterfall? The natural world is full of surprises. If you think you've finally figured out Mother Nature, think again.<p>Blue lava? A blood-red waterfall? The natural world is full of surprises. If you think you've finally figured out Mother Nature, think again.

Know Your Limits, Your Brain Can Only Take So Much

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Don't go out and buy a new day planner or learn a five-step decision-making process -- they won't work. If they did, we would all be much happier and more effective. The truth is that to improve our thinking abilities, we need to …

Drop That Whole Wheat Bread! No More Cereal! Grain Brain , A #1 Bestseller, Says: 'Abandon Gluten!'

I came close to not graduating from high school because I was a total idiot in science. At college, to satisfy the Science requirement, I took Evolution because it was said to be even easier than "Rocks for Jocks." It wasn't.<p>Can I evaluate a book on diet? No way. I am a huge fan of Nina Planck's …

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

Research on the importance of vitamin D has increased dramatically lately. A new study in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease has linked higher levels of vitamin D to improved mood and cognition in individuals with Parkinson's Disease (PD). Scientists at the Oregon Health and Sciences University gave a battery of tests measuring cognitive functioning, verbal functioning, executive functioning, and depression in 286 individuals with PD. On the same day, the researchers also measured levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D. The researchers found a significant negative association between vitamin D levels and disease severity. There was also a significant association between vitamin D levels and working memory, verbal fluency, and mood. Because the study was cross-sectional, the scientists don't yet know whether more advanced disease leads to lower vitamin D levels (i.e., through lower sun exposure) or whether decreased vitamin D leads to PD symptoms. This will be considered in future studies. Read more: http://bit.ly/1bEGU9z Journal article: Memory, Mood, and Vitamin D in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease. Journal of Parkinson's Disease, 2013. doi: 10.3233/JPD-130206 Image credit: bradley j/Flickr

The Myth of Cognitive Decline: Elderly Know More and Use it Better - PsyBlog

A steady decline? Experts question whether the human brain really slows down with age.<p>Linguistic experts argue in new research that people’s brains …

Study: Believing You’ve Slept Well, Even If You Haven't, Improves Performance

The positive effects of "placebo sleep"<p><b>Problem:</b> Who even sleeps anymore? You and everyone you know are probably loading yourselves up with coffee or whatever your stimulant of choice is so you can plod through your day as some semblance of an upright human being. Then you get home and you don’t go …

Top 11 Diagnostic myths for Adult Females with Asperger Syndrome: A Brief Look

Top 11 Diagnostic myths for Adult Females with Asperger Syndrome: A Brief Look<p>Updated 25/09/216<p>Over the years, I have listened to the stories and …

Amazing Photographs Of A Giant, Forgotten Collection Of Human Brains

This brain collection from the University of Texas, which effectively disappeared for decades, has been rediscovered and is going to be the subject of a book–as well as an important new site of brain research.<p>After decades languishing in jars in the closet of an animal lab at the University of …

ESP Is Put to the Test—Can You Foretell the Results?

It's just hokum, say researchers, who offer a new experiment as proof.<p>The phone rings; you see the caller ID, pick it up and say, "Wow! I was just heading to the phone to call you." Or ... you close your eyes and wish as hard as you can as the batter swings, and then he hits it out of the park. Or …

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Why walking through a doorway makes you forget

New scientific research helps offer an explanation for one of life’s most frustrating day-to-day to phenomena<p>The French poet Paul Valéry once said, “The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.” In that spirit, consider a situation many of us will …

Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence

The question of what it takes to excel — to reach genius-level acumen at a chosen endeavor — has occupied psychologists for decades and philosophers for centuries. Groundbreaking research has pointed to “grit” as a better predictor of success than IQ, while psychologists have admonished against the …

The Open-Office Trap

In 1973, my high school, Acton-Boxborough Regional, in Acton, Massachusetts, moved to a sprawling brick building at the foot of a hill. Inspired by architectural trends of the preceding decade, the classrooms in one of its wings didn’t have doors. The rooms opened up directly onto the hallway, and …

How Your Brain Activity Changes When You’re “In The Zone”

A more modern example might be Beyoncé’s self-proclaimed alter ego Sasha Fierce. In an interview the artist said that it’s as if “something else …

The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness

Nick Brown does not look like your average student. He's 53 for a start and at 6ft 4in with a bushy moustache and an expression that jackknifes between sceptical and alarmed, he is reminiscent of a mid-period John Cleese. He can even sound a bit like the great comedian when he embarks on an …

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.<p>And for most of us, the …

Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

<b>Listen · 8:54</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>It was a rainy night in October when my nephew Lewis passed the Frankenstein statue standing in front of a toy store. The 2 1/2-year-old boy didn't see the monster at first, and when he turned around, he was only inches from Frankenstein's green …

88% of New Year's Resolutions Fail: 12 Tactics to Beat the Odds

While New Year’s is a time of celebration and joy, it’s also a time for reflection.<p>It’s a time to look back at the past 12 months and assess not only …

5 Unusual Tricks For Actually Reaching Your New Year's Goals | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Why The 1% Achieve Their Resolutions<p>With the new year rolling around, most of us are planning ways to improve our health, set some big goals, and …

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How To Take Care of Yourself When You're Depressed | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

So much of depression can be linked back to forgetting to take proper care of ourselves. And the more depressed we feel, the less energy we have for …

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6 Bold Steps to Achieve Your Personal Goals This Year | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<b>“No guts, no glory” – Frederick Blesse</b><p>No amount of success can be achieved without the sacrifice and pain one has to endure along the way. If you …

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FYI: Do Fat People Stay Warmer Than Thin People?

Pack on some extra pounds for winter<p>At the yearly Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia, participants often smear their bodies with animal fat for insulation against the 70-degree water. But their own body fat also helps to keep them warm, like an extra layer of clothing beneath the skin. When …