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This Is What It's Like to Have Sleep Paralysis And What Science Says About It

Literally the stuff of nightmares.<p>The first time sleep paralysis struck me was in the winter of 2012.<p>My grandfather had recently died, and I was …

Online courses don't work, but education can still be disrupted

The labour force is changing at a rapid pace. Technology is generating entirely new industries and jobs, while eradicating antiquated ones. Some may …

A new mom asked to be treated for postpartum depression — then the nurse called the cops

On Thursday, Jessica Porten, a new mom in Sacramento, California, walked into her OB-GYN's office for a routine postpartum checkup that became a harrowing ordeal. Although her daughter, Kira, was 4 months old, this was Porten's very first post-birth visit to her OB.<p>Porten told her nurse …

Mental Health
Higher Education

What Not Sleeping For A Week Does To Your Brain And Body

We know that sleep deprivation isn't good for our health. But taken to the extreme, sleep deprivation completely erodes the mind and body, and could eventually lead to death. For this reason, it's been used as a form of torture.<p>The Senate Committee's 2014 report on the CIA's use of torture revealed …

Sleep

Dragon follows your every move in trippy optical illusion

It's a piece of inanimate cardboard, but this dragon is not going to let you out of its sight.<p>A video posted by an Imgur user of a cutout dragon that serves as a fun optical illusion shows how a change in perspective makes it look like the dragon is turning its head, keeping its gaze right on …

Optical Illusions

What Are the Three Ways to Train Your Brain to Be Happy?

You can train your mind to be unhappy and you can train it to be happy.<p>Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like …

Happiness

A Crackdown on Companies Claiming They Can Improve Your Brain?

The Federal Trade Commission’s $2 million settlement this week with brain-training site Lumosity could signal more regulatory scrutiny of the $1.3 …

The Brain

Study: There Are Instructions for Teaching Critical Thinking

Whether or not you can teach something as subjective as critical thinking has been up for debate, but a fascinating new study shows that it’s …

Mindfulness May Help You See The 'Invisible Gorilla'

Most of us have experienced "inattentional blindness" at one time or another, even if we didn't realize what was happening: when we are so focused on certain things in the environment, we are quite literally unable to notice the unexpected -- even if it is happening right before our eyes -- from …

Mindfulness

We’re All Terrible at Understanding Each Other

Whatever you may have heard to the contrary, Chip Wilson is not an idiot. The founder and former CEO and Chairman of Lululemon Atheltica is, in point of fact, a highly successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, innovator, and self-made billionaire. Idiots are very rarely any of those things.<p>But a …

Psychology

Wearable Tech for Stress Relief

Mairin Philips (not her real name) suffered from anxiety, so much so that it made the pain from a stomach ulcer far worse.<p>Then a friend suggested a …

Fifty Shades of Grey

Well this is awkward. The most sexually explicit, most notorious, most morally questionable film of the year so far was released today, and Christian …

Shades of Grey

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

Starting young

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Dartmouth's StudentLife app can tell you if your mental health is hurting your grades

Not sure if you're depressed? Your smartphone may be able to clue you in. Researchers at Dartmouth have developed an Android app that keeps tabs on student behavior -- silently logging how long they sleep, the number of conversations they have, how much time they spend in class, at social events or …

Study asks why psychology students receive little instruction on medical ethics, torture

Despite close ties between the American Psychological Association and the military, a new study reveals that graduate psychology students receive …

What's Up With That: Why Does Sleeping In Just Make Me More Tired?

We've all been there: It's been a long week at work, so Friday night, you reward yourself by going to bed early and sleeping in. But when you wake up …

Gerda Saunders: “My Dementia: Telling Who I Am Before I Forget”

Author and retired University of Utah professor Gerda Saunders was diagnosed with dementia in 2010. She writes, movingly and in depth, about her …

Highlighting Isn’t Helping You Remember Anything, and Four More Surprising Facts About Learning

In the recent book <i>Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning</i>, Washington University in St. Louis psychologists Henry L. Roediger and Mark A. …

Distinct Profiles of Myelin Distribution Along Single Axons of Pyramidal Neurons in the Neocortex

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Watch an arrow change directions in this simple water optical illusion

Here's a fun old trick anyone can do: draw arrows on a piece of paper, put a glass in front of those arrows and pour water into the glass. Watch as …

There Is No Left Brain/Right Brain Divide

You are hardly alone if you believe that humanity is divided into two great camps: the left-brain and the right-brain thinkers — those who are …

Monkeys move virtual arms with their minds

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have enabled rhesus monkeys to move a pair of arms in a virtual environment using just their brain …

thingCHARGER Is A Clutter-Free Charger For Multiple Devices

A lack of power outlets, messy wires and multiple kinds of charging accessories — the woes of charging multiple devices at once present a headache that is familiar to many.<p>In steps thingCHARGER, a new charging solution that transforms any regular US power outlet into a charging station for up to …

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RingMeMaybe app generates disposable phone numbers on the fly

Need a throwaway number for a Craigslist ad? Or someone who just asked you out on a date? This simple app puts virtual phone numbers at your fingertips.<p>I'm not sure what's cooler about RingMeMaybe: the name or what it does.<p>It's a toss-up. RingMeMaybe generates disposable phone numbers right on your …

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