Sophie van den Hoogenband

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Nobel Prize in medicine honors discovery of the brain's 'inner GPS'

Groundbreaking research could shed new light on Alzheimer's disease<p>Dr. John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser, and Edvard I. Moser have been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery of cells that form an "inner GPS" in human brains. O'Keefe will share the 8 million Swedish krona ($1.1 …

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> …

Public Speaking

English is Fun

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10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say | Inc.com

While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, …

Public Speaking

10 Words You Should Never Use to Describe Yourself | Inc.com

Consider the word "charismatic." If someone called me charismatic, I will be incredibly flattered (and hugely surprised). But if I call <i>myself</i> charismatic, you will think I'm a jerk--and rightly so.<p>Here are 10 more words that are awesome when used by others to describe you, but that you should never …

Self-improvement

Why is it so hard to give good directions?

Psychologically speaking it is a tricky task, because our minds find it difficult to appreciate how the world looks to someone who doesn't know it yet.<p>We’ve all been there – the directions sounded so clear when we were told them. Every step of the journey seemed obvious, we thought we had …

Consciousness

The Psychology of Language: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk

One of the things I fuss about a lot (especially at Buffer) are words—very simple words, in fact. Should it say “Hi” or “Hey?” Should it be “cheers” …

Psychopathy: A Cultural Reality?

<b>Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.</b><p>Stalin, Draper, Caulfield, Salander. No, it's not the latest name of Mad Men's pivotal ad agency. It's part of a list of people one could classify as psychopaths.<p>"Strange answers to the …

Psychology

How Your Language Affects Your Wealth and Health

Does the language we speak determine how healthy and rich we will be? New research by Keith Chen of Yale Business School suggests so. The structure …

Psychology

Using Brain Signals To Read Emotions

Charles Darwin believed that emotions give a purpose to humans – by helping them communicate and survive. In 1884 the American philosopher and psychologist William James said an exciting fact would lead directly to a physiological response which was known to us as emotion.<p>To explain away different …

The placebo effect: A new study underscores its remarkable power

In the not too distant future, your family doctor's first line of treatment for minor illnesses such as migraine and irritable bowel syndrome may well be snake oil. Prescribing a placebo, or sugar pill, is a stealthy way to raise a patient's expectations of getting better.<p>But according to new …

Google's Grand Plan to Make Your Brain Irrelevant

Google is on a shopping spree, buying startup after startup to push its business into the future. But these companies don't run web services or sell …

14 TED Talks on how your brain works

Your brain is a 3-pound blob of nervous tissue -- that can create, invent and understand beauty. These talks explore the workings of your magnificent …

Speaking Two Languages May Slow Brain Aging

Just like exercise helps your body stay strong, exercising your mind also keeps your brain sharp. And what better way to do just that than by learning another language?<p>Indeed new research published in Annals of Neurology reveals that people who speak two or more languages -- even those who learned …

How we form habits, change existing ones

About 40 percent of people's daily activities are performed each day in almost the same situations, studies show. Habits emerge through associative …

Scientists study child with super memory

A 60 Minutes story on people with super memories caused dozens more, including 10-year-old Jake Hausler, to come forward, giving science more …

DNA pioneer James Watson sets out radical theory for range of diseases

Watson's controversial hypothesis about cause of diabetes, dementia, heart disease and cancer published in medical journal<p>Not satisfied with his work that unravelled the double helix structure of DNA and landed him a share of a Nobel prize half a century ago, James Watson has come up with a radical …

Do We Choose Our Friends Because They Share Our Genes?

People often talk about how their friends feel like family. Well, there's some new research out that suggests there's more to that than just a feeling. People appear to be more like their friends genetically than they are to strangers, the research found.<p>"The striking thing here is that friends are …

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

Peaches

Think Small to Solve Big Problems, with Stephen Dubner

5 Types of Friends Every Man Needs | The Art of Manliness

Evolutionary biologist and author Robin Dunbar argues that the average human can sustain about 150 friendships. Now, that term is used quite loosely …

Hack Your Brain with Sense Science, Part 1: Introduction and Temperature

Questions Are the New Answers, with Warren Berger

Want to Avoid Student Loans? Sell Your Future.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Public Speaking

Researchers Have Created a New Blood Test to Predict Risk of Suicide

In a groundbreaking new genetic discovery, doctors from Johns Hopkins have found a mutation involved in how the brain reacts to stress that can …

Why Men Cheat, with Shmuley Boteach

How Integrating The Arts Into Hospitals Could Humanize Health Care

With thousands of artworks and hundreds of music performances, Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic is a hospital that feels more like a center of culture–and that’s good for patients and their visitors.<p>If you’ve been sick enough to require hospital admission, you’ll know how sterile hospitals can be. Sterile, …

The secret to acing exams

In tests that offer a choice of answers, you can exploit hidden patterns to get full marks if you know how, says William Poundstone.<p>Our fates in school and beyond are decided by pop quizzes, final exams, drivers’ exams, and professional exams. Many are true-or-false, or multiple-choice. If you get …

Mathematics