How Magicians Use Illusions To Fool Your Brain

Clad in a tuxedo, the tall and bearded conjurer tosses the ball up. Once, twice, thrice — voilà! The ball disappears midflight. You’re absolutely sure that your gaze didn’t waver from it, so where did the ball go? Of course, it didn’t actually disappear forever

Mozart in the Crib? How Music Fosters Learning In The Infant Brain

For centuries, lullabies have been used by various cultures around the world to pass down cultural knowledge and tradition, but most importantly they facilitate a nurturing relationship between caregiver and child. They have been seen to develop infants’ communication skills and attentive awareness, modulate

For The Artist, Age Has Its Advantages

Artistic activity of all kinds — painting, music, writing, crafts, and hobbies — seems to benefit both society and its most senior citizens. It is no accident, I think, that ancient people relied upon their elders to be their “seers,” the visionaries whose final occupation it was to create order out of elemental chaos.

Where and How Often Do Americans Get Their News?

Two-thirds of U.S. adults now receive their news from social media, with 1 in 5 American adults doing so often, according to a September 2017 report from the Pew Research Center. Nearly half of all Americans get their news from Facebook, where its influence on the recent U.S. presidential election

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The Magic of Learning Language

Language is one of the most crucial competencies mastered by the human brain, although learning to speak has the appearance of an ordinary phase in child development. Virtually any person can learn one or more of the 6,000 languages spoken today. Our 100 billion networked neurons actively seek external auditory stimuli in order

Developing Fresh Online Hobbies In The New Year

Many of us have experienced an extremely intense and strange start to the decade, and we need not linger on why to warmly suggest that we try and start 2021 off on the right foot, despite how things have gone. However, unfortunately, things don’t tend to improve unless we generate a little effort on our own behalf

Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks

A child is born with about 100 billion neurons, the same amount that an adult brain has. What’s different is the amount of connections between the neurons. That’s what the developing brain is all about — firing and wiring and making connections. And that’s what our relatively young internet, or “global brain” — is all about, too.

To Write or Not To Write? Living With Social Anxiety Disorder

It has come to my attention that I suffer a miniature panic attack whenever I have to write an article. Being a professional writer, I have these fairly often. Each assignment starts off seeming like a huge task, an uncalculated risk and a new venture into uncharted territory. I spend hours agonizing over what I have

Ask Your Brain: Spring Creativity From Within

Have you ever wondered why humans seem so obsessed with discovery? Why throughout the centuries have we sailed dangerous seas, trekked through pathless jungles, and risked our lives descending into lightless caverns where no one has gone before?

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

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

Music: It’s Got the Power To Move You

You know that feeling you get when your favorite party track starts playing on the radio? Your feet start tapping to the beat, your body begins swaying to the rhythm, and your head bops side to side; you suddenly realize that you’re on the verge of breaking into dance because somehow

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