Discovering Synesthesia: Loud Apples and Green Mondays

As a writer, I tend to cover a wide range of topics, and in the process, I usually get to learn something new. One of these topics is music. Every once in a while, I get to write an album review; doing so allows me to familiarize myself with the artists. This week, I learned about Annamaria Pinna, lead singer

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

We should all remember that social expectations are a product of the brain, so is our judgment, and our will to rise above these expectations. We have the power to define who we are — from what we see in the mirror to who we aspire to be.

What Learning Music Does For Young Minds

The correlation between studying music and improved cognitive function has been fairly well researched. Children, regardless of age, who have had interactive experiences with music have demonstrated improved memory, language, and math skills over those who have not had such

9 Ways to Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

As February 14 has arrived, so does the long list of expectations that comes along with it. If you are one half of a couple, perhaps you’ve ordered flower orders and made dinner reservations. And if you aren’t, then you may be dreading the upcoming holiday and looking forward to February 15 instead.

The Neuroscience of Jokes

“A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes have rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his mobile phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator”

Managing Mental Health on College Campuses

Though psychological and mental health problems have been a part of our social fabric for centuries, the past few years have seen a significant uptick in the reported occurrences of depression, bipolar disorder, and other similar ailments among American college students.

Daniel Kahneman on the Marvels and Flaws of Our Human Intuition

A psychologist by training, Daniel Kahneman has never taken a course in economics; yet he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. How did that happen? He says his work came about from two conversations. His late colleague Amos Tversky showed him a paper called

Education for Girls Equals Global Growth Plus a Better World

There are 263 million youth worldwide who are not in school. That’s one in every five — a figure that has barely changed over the past five years. Of the 263 million youth worldwide who aren’t in school, 70 percent of them are girls. In developing countries, only one out of every four girls attends school.

5 Habits of Great Writers (And What They Tell Us About the Brain)

Whether or not you consider yourself a writer, chances are, you probably have your own writing habits. At the very least, you likely have some ritual that helps you formulate ideas and foster productivity. Here’s what some literary giants did to churn out words and ideas — day after day. When you’re one

Combating Bullying with Empathy Activities

Over the past several years, numerous studies have emerged recognizing the rise in bullying among school-aged kids, particularly those with learning and behavioral disorders. According to a study in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 46 percent of parents reported that 

Fresh Advice for College Freshman

Like every other thing in life, college, too, comes with baggage. The more you try to unpack the baggage, the more you have to deal with. On a typical Friday night, you will be at your room, studying for a test on Tuesday, while you hear your friends party outside. You will maybe be tempted to join the group

So You Think You Can Multitask?

Being wired to technology isn’t necessarily good for our neural wiring. Multitasking — which many people think they do well — is not healthy for neural efficiency. With each task switch, there is a cost, which makes our brains less efficient, and depletes nutrients more readily than if we concentrated on one task

(Gut) Check Yourself: The Brain Health-Microbiome Connection

We often think of bacteria as something dirty and dangerous, something that has the potential to cause us harm; and, while this is true in some cases, bacteria are fundamental to human existence. In fact, “single-celled organisms — mostly bacteria — outnumber our own cells 10 to one

What To Know About Superstition on this Friday the 13th

My sister called me and told me her trip was cursed. It was a sign. No matter what she tried, she couldn’t seem to get to the airport. I told her not to trust her instincts, to try harder and come anyway. I must admit, though, she did have me a little worried. Superstition — not even scientists are

Are We Sugarcoating Our Intelligence?

The phrase, “You are what you eat,” has been used with such frequency that it has nearly devolved into a stale platitude, but the nugget of truth buried beneath the banality still remains. By extension, if our brains are the seat of intelligence, consuming too much sugar could mean that our ability to think and to reason will

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