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  • From an engineering standpoint, stress can be defined as the amount of resistance a material offers to being reshaped and reformed. When you place a load on a steel beam, the beam resists, keeping the building from collapsing. If the load is great enough, the beam gives way, and the structure suffers damage or collapses. Psychological stress is similar. [ … ]

  • There are few happier feelings than the moment you finally get the phone call or acceptance letter. You got the job you’ve been agonizing over for weeks and soon you’ll be taking home a new paycheck. Yet, on the night before your first day, or maybe after the first round of job training, you might begin [ … ]

  • That feeling of satisfaction you get when someone likes the new photos on your Instagram is processed by the basal ganglia and is probably a big reason you spend too much time on it — your brain is constantly craving the next little reward — reinforced each time you upload a new picture and get feedback. [ … ]

  • What is the most important resource in our lives, but, paradoxically, the one we can never find more of? Many great thinkers throughout history have answered that question with a single word: time. Time marches on, as they say, no matter what anyone does. [ … ]

  • We’re not supposed to feel happy all the time, and anyone who tells you that they are is a big, fat liar. Everyone gets the blues. Everyone gets anxious. And everyone gets angry. Unhappiness is normal, and, at least for a little while, it’s adaptive since our brains react to threatening truths [ … ]

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  • It’s no surprise that dogs make us happy. A wide range of research has been done on how dogs affect the human brain, as well as our emotional and physical well-being. But until this point, the research has been one-sided. We’ve only been able to study our brains. [ … ]

  • Sometimes we have five minutes with nothing to do — you’re stuck in traffic, for example, or waiting at the doctor’s office. Why not make good use of that time and give your brain a little stretch? Here are 10 great mini-workouts you can do in just five minutes or less. [ … ]

  • We often live our lives with the advice to “follow our dreams” — to always do that which we can aspire to do. While dreams in reality are often less flattering than that, and almost always less coherent, we’ve attached value to what they mean for centuries. [ … ]

  • Mark Twain once said, “When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.” This is a classic example of mental trickery. By using scientific research and experiments, I am going to illustrate the astounding and magic-like capabilities of memory. [ … ]

  • Gone are the days of video games merely being an idle pastime for the average couch potato, when all that mattered was pushing buttons for the right moves and getting to the next level. With their ability to embed in the brains of longtime gamers and change human behavior, video games have evolved [ … ]

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