Psychology

The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

Life Sciences

Can zapping your neck help you quickly learn a foreign language?

Illustration from “The Home and School Reference Work, Volume I” (1917), courtesy of Flickr user Sue Clark<p>Someday it may be possible for a soldier to …

The Brain

Beautiful Brain Art Uncovers the Complexity of the Human Mind - Creators

Transforming the constant moving compartments of the braininto a gilded display of reflective strands, scientist and artist, Greg Dunn examines the "look of consciousness" in his project <i>Self Reflective</i>. Each rendering of the brain is composed of unique reflective micro-etchings that bounces life …

Art

Why Feeling Like An Outsider Breeds Conspiracy Thinking

Your brain is always looking for patterns, and for the most part that’s a good thing. Pattern-seeking, along with predicting what’s coming next, are adaptive traits that have served us humans well for a long, long time. But when pattern-seeking goes too far and we start seeing connections where …

Life Sciences

You’re Too Focused on What You’re Focused On

Here’s some good news for self-conscious people. That coffee stain on your shirt, those mismatched earrings you absent-mindedly selected this morning, that unfortunate haircut you just got — people do not notice those things as much as you think.<p>Although it can feel as if your flaws and missteps …

Life Sciences

After going to GP with a stiff shoulder, I found I had Parkinson's - aged just 42

Looking back, I should have known what was coming. The appointment revealing the results of my brain scans had been moved to the end of the day. …

Neuroscience

Exploring the mind of a killer

Psychopathic killers are the basis for some must-watch TV, but what really makes them tick? Neuroscientist Jim Fallon talks about brain scans and …

Neurology

Coffee might actually help your relationship, so make ours a venti

We know of a lot of things that help our personal relationships, like communication and honesty, but now coffee, too?! Yup, coffee might actually …

Life Sciences

Study Finds Cost to Tying Self-Esteem to Money

A new study suggests a psychological cost to the pursuit of more money.<p>Although the pursuit of money is not in and of itself bad, when people tie …

Life Sciences

3 research-backed tips for surviving a toxic workplace

Do you deal with some awful people at work? Do they annoy you beyond belief at times?<p>Actually, it's a lot worse than that — whether you realize it or not. In addition to making you miserable, those impossible bosses and jerk coworkers can reduce your productivity, reduce your empathy, and even give …

The Workplace

Testosterone Linked to Snap Judgments, Less Reflection

A new study found that men given doses of testosterone were more likely to rely on snap judgments during a brain-teaser test rather than rely on …

Behavior

AI is Becoming More Human Like Every Day

The advancement of AI technology is happening daily, and everyday robots are becoming more and more human-like. The problem is that not everything …

Artificial Intelligence

MAHONEY: City leads move to World Dance for Parkinson’s

If you've ever been immobilized by what Parkinson's can do to one you love (my late dad), you cannot help but be moved by what love, with dance, can …

Neuroscience

Understanding the internal emotions of animals

Earlier this year, in a warehouse in south London, I watched as a pair of pajama-clad musicians tried to entertain an audience of two placidly …

Life Sciences

My Escape From Anxiety

Fear ambushed me.<p>It was early on a December morning in 1989. I was a sophomore at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, staring at a wall covered in long sheets of printer paper and trying to figure out which of the listed classes to take for the coming semester.<p>I felt fine. I was groggy from a …

Anxiety

21 Optical Illusions That Prove Your Brain Sucks

• Home/<br>• Reviews/<br>• Software/<br>• Internet/<br>• 21 Optical Illusions That Prove Your Brain Sucks<p>21 Optical Illusions That Prove Your Brain Sucks<p>What you think is …

Neurology

New Study May Explain Why A Simpler Lifestyle Creates A Feeling Of Well-being

Minimalism, downsizing, tiny houses. Experiences above objects. Decluttering and simplifying your lifestyle. Over the past few years the idea that the road to happiness may actually be paved with less, not more, has become a first-world obsession for millions of people around the globe.<p>Anyone who’s …

Minimalism

These are the major differences between anxiety and stress, according to an expert

As someone who’s dealt with anxiety disorder for as long as I can remember, my “natural” state tends to be consumed with irrational fear, worrying …

Anxiety

Born to Bottom? Researchers Report Biological Correlations in Anal Sex Role in Gay Men

While a single factor (the elusive “gay gene,” for example) has yet to emerge in the ongoing scientific investigation of what determines sexuality, …

Research

What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science …

TED Talks

This Simple Test Could Help Predict Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer's Disease

It all has to do with your ability to spot subtle differences in images.<p>Believe it or not, clues about your risk of Alzheimer's disease might be …

Neuroscience

4 Buddhist Monks Habits That Are Hard to Adopt But Will Change Your Life Forever

Ever wondered how Buddhist Monks live and what habits they adopt to make them so peaceful?<p>I’ve been always been fascinated by this question so I did …

Self-help

The Strange Psychological Power of ‘Fox & Friends’

Unrelenting positivity has a powerful warping effect on your thinking. So how is that affecting Viewer No. 1?<p>May/June 2017<p><b>It was a typical Tuesday in March, and President</b> Donald Trump was getting hammered by the press. One of his signature campaign promises, repealing Obamacare, had just collapsed. …

Donald Trump

Emma Stone Talks Anxiety & What She Would Say To Her Younger Self

Emma Stone, who has previously been open about her experience with anxiety and panic attacks, opened up again in a new video with the Child Mind Institute this morning.<p>Stone is just the first in a series of celebrities who will be joining the Institute's new #MyYoungerSelf campaign to raise …

Anxiety

A popular psychology technique is being used to reform the prison system

The key to crime prevention may lie in a traditional therapy method.<p>Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has become world-renowned for its impressive results in helping people change their behavior. Originally used to treat anxiety and depression, CBT is based on the idea that dysfunctional behavior …

Life Sciences

Dopamine blockers lead faithful voles astray

The secret to everlasting love may lie in a specific region of the brain activated by the brain chemical dopamine, say researchers studying prairie …

Neuroscience

Inequality Isn't the Real Issue

What do Americans and Europeans see as the greatest threat now facing the world? A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that the most common answer is inequality—ranking above religious and ethnic hatred, pollution, disease and nuclear weapons. Pope Francis has called economic inequality …

Social Justice

Why talking to yourself is the first sign of… success

A London dentist stopped looking in other people’s mouths and started opening his own. The results may be something for everyone to chew on.<p>Eugene Gamble spent most of his career as a dentist in London, quietly and diligently working on people’s teeth. Then, three years ago, he decided to give up …

Behavior

Nerve cell miswiring linked to depression

Researchers have pinpointed a gene that keeps important brain cells in mice from crossing their wires, providing a possible link between brain wiring …

Neuroscience

The Brain Has Its Own "Autofill" Function for Speech

The world is an unpredictable place. But the brain has evolved a way to cope with the everyday uncertainties it encounters—it doesn’t present us with …

Neuroscience