Month: October 2020

Ghosts in the Machine: Why Moaning Spirits Are Probably Just in Our Heads

Since time immemorial, we’ve seen ghosts. Whether it’s a disembodied voice whispering in the night, the classic lady in white drifting through walls, or even a candle flickering in a room with a closed window, art and culture have made these uncanny episodes as familiar to us as they are to the mystics and psychics

Finding Yourself: Body Schemas and More

Somewhere in our heads, a constant mental narrative tells us where we are, if we’re upside down, where our physical self stops and where the surrounding world begins. Body awareness, also called the body schema or corporeal awareness, is essential for a host of functions that don’t get much attention

Unraveling The Mystery of How Your Brain Makes Memories

Whenever you’re living out a new and exciting experience — even if it’s something as simple as trying a new glass of wine during a summer picnic, there are neurons actively at work, however leisurely everything around you may seem. These neurons, known as “engram” cells, act in a similar way to pixels in a

Hypnosis: Nature’s Swiss Army Knife

If only there were such a device to help us tackle the bigger issues we face — you know, the stuff like negative habits, feelings, behaviors, and physical conditions that hold so many of us back. Well, there is, and it’s called hypnosis, a naturally occurring state of consciousness that

Thinking Like Sherlock: Lessons From the Famed Detective

There’s sharp, and then there’s Sherlock Holmes sharp — deliberative, insightful, observant, astute. It was those qualities that made psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova think we could learn a thing or two from the 19th-century detective made famous in Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. In her book

The Neuroscience of Taste: A Q&A With Psychologist Charles Spence

Dr. Charles Spence is a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Oxford and author of “Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating.” Among numerous other awards, he won the Ig Nobel Prize for his breakthrough “sonic chip” experiment, which showed that altering sound alone changed whether

Looking for the Effect of Emotion in Economics

Yes, that classic dilemma: From a perch above, you see a train rushing toward a bridge on which five people are standing. If the train proceeds unimpeded, all five will certainly die. Oh, but wait: There happens to be standing next to you a person of generous figure. It is within your power to push this

Brain Health At Any Age: You’re Never Too Old

How do you lead a brain healthy lifestyle, one that champions a proactive approach
to shaping the brain? The lifestyle is composed of five major components, or “slices of a brain health pie”: physical activity, mental stimulation, socialization, spirituality, and nutrition. All of these five domains

Why Is The “Using 10 Percent Of Your Brain” Myth So Pervasive?

In the film Lucy, Scarlett Johansson awakes groggily, looking around the room, wondering where she is. Her voice plays over a rapid-fire montage: “What happened? What did you do to my stomach? What’s going on?” Cut to Morgan Freeman, giving a neuroscience lecture. “It is estimated most human beings normally

The Voice Inside Your Head: The Origin of “You”

Suppose you could shrink down to the size of a molecule and enter your brain. You would immediately find yourself flying among billions of neurons along great highways of dendrites and axons with streams of chemicals splashing across synaptic gaps and firestorms

4 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress With Self-Care

Regardless of ethnicity, sex, religion, or age, nobody is immune to stress. From feelings of anxiety, headache, restlessness, muscle pain, or tension, the effects of stress have an enormous impact on your body and psychological well-being. According to the American Institute of Stress, around 33 percent

How To Succeed Without Burning Out

While it’s healthy to have a job and to want to put forth the effort to succeed, you also need to ensure you can do so without burning out. The better you feel and the more natural energy you have, the further you’re going to get and more productive you’ll be overall.

Know Your Brain: The Parietal Lobe — Time in Thy Flight

We owe our perception of time to a portion of the brain known as the parietal lobe, which comprises one of four major lobes within the cerebral cortex, positioned behind the frontal lobe and the central sulcus fold that keeps them apart. The central sulcus increases the brain’s surface area and cognitive ability

Laughing And Smiling Is Great Exercise for Your Brain

Smiling and laughing is great exercise for your brain. It is a very effective way to supply oxygen to the brain. Once you start to smile and laugh, there is joy coming from your heart. You don’t need a specific reason to be joyful, for joy has been inside of us from the very beginning of our lives.

Thinking With The Heart

Through the years of using heart-based intelligence, I’ve learned that the heart works best when it’s given brief phrases to respond to rather than multiple sentences. Our hearts don’t need a preface to the question we’re asking, or an explanation of the history behind the decision that’s at hand. The heart already knows

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