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Plot Twist: These 15 Low-Light Indoor Plants Actually Crave Dark Corners

My tiny studio apartment gets an insanely low amount of natural light. Though the sole window in the apartment is large and generous, it's also …

Plants

Why does bass make you want to dance?

A recent study concludes that low frequencies in music help our brains synchronize with the rhythm of the song. In short, it's all about the …

The Brain

The Universe Is Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

It’s been nearly a century since scientists first theorized that the Universe was expanding, and that the farther away a galaxy was from us, the faster it appears to recede. This isn’t because galaxies are physically moving away from us, but rather because the Universe is full of …

Galaxies

Science shows that luck is a self-fulfilling prophecy

You’re so lucky! How do I know? Because, to name just a few factors, you’re literate, can access the internet, and have great taste (you’re reading this story, after all). And social scientists would advise against you arguing otherwise—because how lucky we feel influences our future fortunes.<p>That …

Psychology

Eating a low-carb diet may shorten your life – unless you go vegan too

Low carbohydrate diets have been linked to reduced longevity – except for when dieters ditch the steak for plant-based alternatives.<p>An analysis of …

Nutrition

Do immune cells shape sexual behavior?

A new study asks a very loaded question: can the presence of mast cells, a certain type of immune cell, influence a person's sexual behavior — …

The Brain

Why taking ayahuasca is like having a near-death experience

A psychedelic drug taken as part of the South American plant brew ayahuasca produces effects that are strikingly similar to near-death experiences, a …

Psychedelic Drugs

Early human brain development: insights into macroscale connectome wiring

1.<p>Keunen, K., Counsell, S. J. & Benders, M. J. The emergence of functional architecture during early brain development. <i>Neuroimage</i> [Internet] 1–13 …

Neuroscience

This May Be the Secret to Feeling Younger and Living Longer

A new study offers one way.<p>Studies suggest that feeling younger may actually help you live to be older. Now, new research points to a way to keep …

Research

Brain area responsible for pessimism found

Neuroscientists have now found the brain area responsible for pessimism. The new research suggests that both anxiety and depression are caused by an …

Neuroscience

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?<p>I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency …

Psychology

The Connection Between Ayahuasca, Your Stomach, and Your Mind

Could changing your gut bacteria alleviate depression and anxiety?<p>Psychedelics—a class of drug that acts on serotonin receptors in the brain, causing hallucinations—have been steadily gaining attention in the research community over the past ten years for their potential to treat a host of …

Microbiology

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

The white supremacists marching at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat counterprotesters. They wanted their beliefs on …

Psychology

How opioids reshape your brain, and what scientists are learning about addiction

None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn't end when you step out of the …

Researchers develop algorithm that identifies mental illnesses, predicts response to medication

Researchers say a new algorithm can help distinguish between two mental illnesses and predict patient reactions to different medications.<p>The …

Artificial Intelligence

Ouija Board Experiment Shows How Ghostly Messages Are Written by the Brain

You're in control, even if you don't think you are.<p>Depending on who you ask, Ouija boards are either an excellent way to communicate with the dead or …

Paranormal

'You’ve had what we call a cosmic orgasm': the rise of conscious breathing

When you’re looking at a screen, your breathing changes. You’re like an animal in stalking mode<p>It takes a lot of effort to breathe to someone else’s command. But before long, my mind wanders<p>Are you sitting comfortably? Airways clear, back straight, no respiratory conditions? OK. Take a series of …

Meditation

6 Ways to Be Awesome Even When You Think You're Just Average

If you have a growth mindset and believe that failure is part of learning, welcome to the new awesome.<p>If you've ever felt like you're just the average Joe or Jane, I have news for you. Anybody can be awesome.<p>Being awesome doesn't mean having off-the-chain leadership skills at work or killing it …

Self-improvement

First study of ketamine for treating adolescent depression yields successful results

Over the last 15 years, ketamine, originally developed as an anesthetic in the 1950s, has undergone a resurgence in medical circles for its …

Depression

Scientists Made a Weird System to Study the Mysteries of Photonic Crystals

When you see light, you’re looking at photons spat out by an excited atom. But what if instead of light, an excited atom released a wave of …

Quantum Physics

When surgeons removed one sixth of a child's brain, here's what happened

<b>(CNN) —</b> What does a child's brain, which repaired itself after a full third of the right hemisphere was surgically removed, teach us about all brains?<p>Our developing brains find unique ways to rewire themselves as necessary, suggests a new case study of a nearly 11-year old boy referred to only as …

The Brain

Growth mindset, grit and resilience are central to getting what you want, psychologists say

<i>"Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." - Nelson Mandela</i><p>Why is it important to live life like …

Self-improvement

What Your Eyes Say About Your Personality, According To A New Study, Is Pretty Mind Blowing

Imagine a world in which you could stare into a potential romantic partner's eyes on the first date and <i>immediately</i> be able to tell what their …

Artificial Intelligence

Study says psychedelic drugs may help repair our brains

Psychedelic party drugs like MDMA and LSD have been the focus of recent studies for their potential ability to treat depression and anxiety. A …

Psychedelic Drugs

A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate

Psychedelic drugs can trigger characteristic hallucinations, which have long been thought to hold clues about the brain’s circuitry. After nearly a …

Alan Turing

Woman will share results of her year of psilocybin microdosing

Microdosing is the term for taking a sub-perceptual dose of a psychedelic drug. Anecdotal accounts of the mental health benefits are informing …

What Economists Still Don’t Get About the 2008 Crisis

Macroeconomics tends to advance — or, at least, to change — one crisis at a time. The Great Depression discredited the idea that economies were basically self-correcting, and the following decades saw the development of Keynesian theory and the use of fiscal stimulus. The stagflation of the 1970s …

Economics

Brain training app can improve levels of critical cognition-improving neurochemical

Over the last few years, a surge of brain-training apps have hit the market purported to do everything from improve memory to staving off the onset …

The Brain

What is a hallucinogen?

<b>(agsandrew via Shutterstock)</b><p>What these mind-altering drugs do in our brains<p>Benjamin Bell<p>July 30, 2018 12:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Massive.<p>The term “drug” applies to all substances that can induce any biological changes in any of our bodies’ functions. But that label doesn’t …

Psychedelia

Beyond Time

We conventionally think of time as something simple and fundamental. It flows uniformly, independent of everything else, from the past to the future, …

Physics