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OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?

Take a look at this question: How do modern novels represent the characteristics of humanity?<p>If you were tasked with answering it, what would your first step be? Would you scribble down your thoughts — or would you Google it?<p>Terry Heick, a former English teacher in Kentucky, had a surprising …

Teaching

Five Personal Development Myths

Self-help and personal development are big business, but lasting change doesn’t come as quickly and easily as we’ve been led to believe.<p>Would you like to improve your relationships with people? How about adopting better work-life balance? Of course we’d all like to improve some aspect of our lives, …

Self-improvement

Why Risk-Takers Get More From Life

Losing sucks, but not losing might suck even more.<p>Consider this gamble:<p>I flip a coin, if it’s heads, you win $100. If it’s tails, you lose $100.<p>Would …

Daniel Kahneman

This cognitive bias explains why we constantly misunderstand other people

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 relationship issues.<p>Psychologists call this phenomenon the "fundamental attribution error" or the …

Psychology

7 memory skills that will make you smarter

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."<p>"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues. ... If you're good at …

Harvard Business School

Make Yourself Smarter By Making Yourself Uncomfortable

Making people think more rationally can be achieved by breaking their expectations.<p>For example, you might change the obituaries to seem as though …

Daniel Kahneman

Scientists Link Common Personality Trait To Musical Ability

Psychologists have long known that some people are unusually curious and adventurous, and more willing than others to try new things.<p>Now there's new research suggesting that these individuals -- people with "open" personalities -- are also more likely to be gifted musically.<p>"We had expected to see …

Specialization, Polymaths And The Pareto Principle In A Convergence Economy

Jake Chapman Contributor<p>Jake Chapman is a partner at Sazze Partners where he focuses on seed-stage technology companies.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Driving the new American century<br>• Ignoring Junior VCs Is A Mistake<p>Economists tell us that the history of human labor is one of continually increasing …

U.S. Economy

Probiotic bacteria may aid against anxiety and memory problems

People who took capsules containing Bifidobacterium longum 1714 reported less stress and fared better on memory tests, study finds<p>A daily capsule of probiotic bacteria may help people cope with mild anxiety and memory problems, according to a small study of healthy men.<p>Those who took the …

Wellness

15 Ways Your Brain Fools You On A Daily Basis

Consider this post the red pill.

The Brain

4% of people hear music in a completely different way — and it tells us something fascinating about the brain

To an estimated 4% of the world, that's what the stuff we call music sounds like.<p>These people are tone-deaf, a disorder known as congenital amusia. People who are really tone-deaf aren't just bad at karaoke: They can't pick out differences in pitch, the quality of music we're referring to when we …

The Brain

Watch This Beautiful 10-Minute Film on the Current State of Neuroscience

The brain is one of the most-studied — and most complex — things on the planet, so it can be hard to keep up with what the current state of …

This Is What Will Happen When You Start Learning Spanish

Those people fortunate enough to know Spanish, enjoy so many benefits. Here's how you can transform your life by learning Spanish!

4 Ways Music Can Rewire Your Brain

Last year, Beats by Dre launched a massive marketing campaign to promote Powerbeats, the in-ear headphones designed with LeBron James. Of course, …

The Brain

Why you should take notes by hand — not on a laptop

Walk into a college lecture these days and you'll see legions of students sitting behind glowing screens, pecking away at keyboards.<p>Presumably, they're using the computers to take notes, so they better remember the course material. But new research shows that if learning is their goal, using a …

How to Make $345/Year By Installing These 3 Apps

Disclosure:<p>Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We’re letting you know because it’s what Honest Abe would do. After all, he is on …

Apps

7 Timeless Tips to Learn Any Language in Days, Not Years

Much like riding a bike, the fastest way to learn any language is to learn by doing. Here's 7 ways to learn any language in days.

Language Learning

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

Can neuroscience solve the mystery of how students learn?

Educational neuroscience burst onto the scene with the hope of explaining how we learn. But the jury is still out on whether it’s useful for classroom practice<p>No one knows how much knowledge students take home with them after a day at school. Tests, homework and inspections give a snapshot of …

Neuroscience

An ‘outback’ like no other on Earth

Its national parks encompass awe-inspiring glaciers and sawtooth peaks, granite massifs and verdant forests. South America’s trademark camelids – the …

South America

An executive’s guide to machine learning

It’s no longer the preserve of artificial-intelligence researchers and born-digital companies like Amazon, Google, and Netflix.<p><b>Machine learning</b> is …

Machine Learning

Should You Buy the Hype? An Inside Look at the Virtual Reality Landscape

When 19-year-old Palmer Luckey launched an ambitious virtual reality Kickstarter campaign back in 2012, in no way could he have dreamt up a scenario …

Virtual Reality

32 things to do in Argentina before you die

32 things you have to do in Argentina before you die<p>Cross the Andes on horseback, following Argentina’s national hero General San Martín’s …

Argentina

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Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Medical Research

New research shows your vacation destination really does reflect your personality

Purplish grey or vibrant tangerine? Sandy cabana or hermit's cabin?<p>In the Internet age, it's the premise that launched a thousand, narcissistic quizzes.<p>Turns out, when it comes to geography, your preferences do connect with how extroverted or introverted you are, according to new work in the <i>Journal</i> …

Psychology

Why Metaphors Beat The Snot Out Of Facts When It Comes To Motivating Action

Douglas Van Praet returns to tackle the magic of metaphors, and explain why they beat facts when it comes to creative persuasion.<p>Metaphors have long permeated creative expression from cave paintings to commercials. And there’s a good reason that Geico is “So easy, a cavemen can do it,” Prudential …

Interview With Author David Epstein | The Art of Manliness

It’s a debate that goes back for centuries.<p>Are great athletes made or are they born?<p>In his book, <i>The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary</i> …

Kinesiology

How one man went from working a soul-sucking 9-5 to earning $10,000 a month online

"The highlight of my day was driving to and from work, just because those were the moments I had an excuse to listen to music and not think about how little my life was going anywhere," he remembers. "It wasn't even that I was unhappy. I was just so unmotivated."<p>When the company he worked for was …

South-east Asia

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

Consciousness