Tariq Mahmood

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Which is better for keeping your mind fit: physical or mental activity?

Physical and mental activities are both important for protecting your thinking skills and warding off dementia. But does one trump the other? It’s an …

The Psychology of Language: Why Are Some Words More Persuasive Than Others?

<i>What's actually going on in the brain when it processes language? And if words affect the mind in different ways, are some more persuasive than</i> …

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Intense mind wandering could account for 'substantial proportion' of road crashes

People whose minds wander whilst driving, especially when intense, are significantly more likely to be responsible for a crash and are threatening …

Decoding the Science Behind Dream Interpretation and the Lucid Dream

Are you curious -- and sometimes maybe a bit baffled -- by your dreams? Do you wake up with fragments of a dream fresh in your mind and wonder: <i>Why did I dream that</i>? Well, you're not alone. Sleep scientists wonder the same thing. We know very little about how dreaming works in the brain, about why …

"Everyone has filters to select information that receives attention."

These excerpts were taken from Roger Fisher's excellent book Getting It Done: How to Lead When You're Not in Charge.<p>Everyone has filters to select …

Sleep, the long and short of it

Sleep. It heals, it restores, it improves us. Sleep. It makes me drowsy just to write the word. Sleep. I wish I could get more of it.<p>Parents are lobbying for more of it in communities where school begins at dawn. At the same time, researchers are discovering just how important sleep is for us, and …

Four is the 'magic' number

According to psychological lore, when it comes to items of information the mind can cope with before confusion sets in, the "magic" number is seven. …

The Brain Does Not See The World As It is

You know that old adage that “we see whatever we want to see?” Turns out, there is scientific research to back this one up.<p>Compelling evidence is …

The Emerging Mind: (neuroplasticity and much more)

We can change how our brain functions. We can change the very structure of the brain. Yup, more on neuroplasticity. This man believes in the very …

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Social Rejection Could Affect Body's Immune System, Study Suggests

We all know that rejection seriously <i>hurts</i> -- and now a new study shows how it could actually be bad for our health.<p>Scientists from the University of British Columbia, Brandeis University and the University of California, Los Angeles have found that social stressors could affect our immune …

A power nap may be a productive time for your brain: study

New research supports the fine art of the power nap, in that may be able to help your mind focus, classify data, form new memories, and clean out …

Brain Boosters: The Importance of New Experiences

Did you know that every experience we have changes our brains in some way?<p>Even simple acts like reading or walking in nature physically changes the …

How A Thought or Memory Blinds the Mind

Emerging research suggests that focusing on a task, or trying to remember an image, can leave us blind to things around us.<p>Researchers have known …

Your memory is like the telephone game, altered with each retelling

Your memory is a lot like the telephone game, according to a new study. Every time you remember an event from the past, your brain networks change in …

Brain Is Biased When Learning New Information

Your brain may be more likely to recognize new things as new when the unknown is already on your mind, according to new research.<p>The findings suggest …

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Is free will an illusion?

Your subconscious mind knows what you're going to do before 'you' do. Dr Karl ponders what this means for the idea of 'free will'.<p>By Karl S …

The more people rely on their intuitions, the more cooperative they become

Researchers trying to answer an age-old question about human goodness have found evidence for a "cooperation reflex." They show that when …

How Self-Talk Raises and Lowers Our Stress Levels, 1 of 2

It’s not the external stressors, per se, that block us from happiness, health and being all we can be in life. Actually, the external stressors in …

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Unconscious brain can predict decisions

Stephen Pincock<p>Related Stories<p>The brain blurs fast-moving images, Science Online, 05 Dec 2012<br>• Brain fragments when you 'go under', Science Online, 06 …

'Incognito': What's Hiding In The Unconscious Mind

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on May 31, 2011. David Eagleman's</i> Incognito <i>is now out in paperback.</i><p>Your brain doesn't like to keep secrets. Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, have shown that writing down secrets in a journal or telling a doctor your secrets actually decreases the …