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Fears Can Be Reduced During Sleep, New Research Shows

First, it was shown that it's possible for us to learn new information as we sleep. And now, a new study shows it's also possible to <i>conquer our fears</i> as we snooze.<p>The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, suggests that <i>nighttime</i> treatment of phobias could be a good addition to daytime …

How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps

The covers of most men's and women's magazines have similar headlines: "Get Great Abs" and "Have Amazing Sex."<p>From the looks of it, these two issues have been recycled over and over (with some other stereotypically gender-relevant articles thrown in) on every <i>Men's Health</i>, <i>Maxim</i>, <i>Cosmopolitan</i> and</i> …

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

Many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room at the start of every day. You should, too–here’s how.<p>Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home …

25 Ways To Live Differently

If your goal is to live a boring life and be like everyone else, you are probably well on your way. However, if your life goal is to make your own …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

How to Grow Adoption and Engagement for your Mobile App

<i>Sangeet Paul Choudary analyzes business models for Internet startups at his blog Platform Thinking. You can follow him on Twitter where he is @sanguit.</i><p>It’s never been easier to build an app. Conversely, it’s never been more difficult to gain adoption for one.<p>There are several challenges that mobile …

Why Women Like Deep Voices and Men Prefer High Ones

We find different pitches attractive because of the body size they signal—and a touch of breathiness is crucial to take the edge off a man’s deep …

Me, Me, Me: People Who Overuse The First-Person Singular Are More Depressed

A new study links first-person singular pronouns to relationship problems and higher rates of depression.<p>Researchers in Germany have found that people who frequently use first-person singular words like "I," "me," and "myself," are more likely to be depressed and have more interpersonal problems …

FYI: Which Emotion Is The Hardest To Fake?

Unlike the commonly deployed social smile, distressed expressions–anger, fear, sadness, and occasionally surprise–prove much more difficult to display on command.<p>We've all done our fair share of faking it. Whether it's a canned excited response when that one particularly eccentric aunt gives you a …

FYI: Why Do We Hate The Sound Of Nails On A Chalkboard?

Screeeeeeeech!<p>Most people associate this cringe-worthy noise with words like "piercing" and "shrilling." But it isn't actually the sound's high-pitched tones that give us goose bumps. During a study that dates back to 1986 (the days when they actually used chalkboards), scientists at Northwestern …

People Getting Dumber? Human Intelligence Has Declined Since Victorian Era, Research Suggests

Our technology may be getting smarter, but a provocative new study suggests human intelligence is on the decline. In fact, it indicates that Westerners have lost 14 I.Q. points on average since the Victorian Era.<p>What exactly explains this decline? Study co-author Dr. Jan te Nijenhuis, professor of …

Can Brain Scans Really Tell Us What Makes Something Beautiful?

When art meets neuroscience, strange things happen.<p>Consider the Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art in Oregon which features rugs and …

What Makes Us Feel an Itch? Answer Surprises Scientists

A molecule that usually works in the heart triggers itch, a new study says.<p><b>It's a burning question in science—what makes us feel an itch?</b><p>Scientists experimenting in mice may have found the culprit: A molecule used by the heart is pulling double duty, sending a message to the spinal cord that …

Giving White People The Illusion Of Darker Skin Makes Them Less Racist

A change of skin tone can bring a change of heart, apparently.<p>An optical illusion can change the implicit biases of Caucasian people against people with darker skin, according to a study published in the August 2013 edition of <i>Cognition</i>.<p>The research, a collaboration between Royal Holloway University …

The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational

The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't …

Critical Thinking

Give Voices In Your Head A Virtual Body And They'll Go Away

A recent study showed that schizophrenic patients who put an avatar to the voices they were hearing ended up hearing the voices less.<p>This might be an unexpected way to treat schizophrenics hearing a disembodied voice: embodying the voice.<p>In the U.K., psychiatrist Julian Leff tried an experiment to …

New Study Shows Not All Laughter is Created Equal

On <i>The Simpsons</i>, Nelson frequently shows his scorn by unleashing his trademark “Ha, ha.” While Nelson’s laughs sound the same every time he snickers …

Zoology

Why Do We Lie?

<b>By Chris Gayomali</b><p>The answer to the question "Why do we lie?" seems fairly obvious: The truth is messy, inconvenient, and a time-consuming pain to …

Why do smart kids grow up to be heavier drinkers?

<b>It's all about evolution:</b> Drinking alcohol was "unintentional, accidental, and haphazard until about 10,000 years ago," says Satoshi Kanazawaat at</i> …

How typeface influences the way we read and think

Last summer, CERN was on the verge of announcing a discovery so critical to understanding the basic building blocks of the universe that it had been …

Typography

How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

A few years ago, I worked at a web design agency as a product manager. The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our design …

Why Living in a City Makes You More Innovative

Scientists say population density promotes creativity. Photo courtesy of Flickr user caribb<p>I’d be the first to concede that the image of Archimedes …

Why Do We Yawn and Why Is It Contagious?

Humans yawn from their earliest days–even babies still inside the womb can yawn. Photo by Flickr user Björn Rixman<p>Snakes and fish do it. Cats and …

How Slot Machine Sounds Trick Your Brain

Nice music doesn't always mean a real win.<p>When you win a bet on a slot machine, the machine rewards you with a celebratory noise: that electronic string of notes saying, <i>You're a winner! Here is, like, 30 cents, probably.</i> If you <i>lose</i> the bet, there's usually not a noise.<p>But here's the twist: modern …

How To Influence Anyone, Any Time, Anywhere: 4 Subconscious Secrets

How many times have you tried to influence, enroll, engage someone in the past 2 weeks?<p>How many times were you successful?<p>Now more than ever leaders need to be able to influence outcomes. Good intentions are rarely assumed, people are on the lookout for manipulative tactics, and even subtle …

7 Things You Won't Believe Science Says Make You Happy

You can find plenty of articles in magazines or on the Internet with tips for living a happier, more fulfilling life. Things like "exercise" and "be …

Happiness

How To Stop Your Mind From Working Too Hard

<i>This is a guest post by Ben Thomas, a journalist who writes about the brain. He blogs at The Connectome. You can find him on Twitter.</i><p>We humans are the only creatures that actively study our own minds, fine-tuning our thought processes for greater efficiency and accuracy. We strain for the slightest …

Gender and the Body Language of Power - Sociological Images

<i>We’re celebrating the end of the year with our most popular posts from 2013, plus a few of our favorites tossed in. Enjoy!</i><p>Philosopher Sandra Lee …

Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

Given my soft spot for famous diaries, it should come as no surprise that I keep one myself. Perhaps the greatest gift of the practice has been the daily habit of reading what I had written on that day a year earlier; not only is it a remarkable tool of introspection and self-awareness, but it also …

How to Optimize Your Brain: Why Refining Emotional Recall is the Secret to Better Memory

We’ve seen the many ways in which our memory can be our merciless traitor: it is not a recording device but a practitioner of creative plagiarism, a terrible timekeeper, and the bent backbone in the anatomy of lying. How, then, can this essential human faculty become our ally?<p>In <b>The Art of Doing:</b> …