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What Meditation Does To The Brain

Anyone who has ever attempted to meditate can vouch for the fact that while it is theoretically simple, it is extremely challenging in practice. In fact, its simplicity is what makes it difficult, and it is also what makes it worthwhile. “Mindfulness meditation” (the practice most popular in the United States) [ … ]


(Finally) Changing Your Habits This Year

Practically everyone has at least a few habits they want to change. But unless you’re a very special person, you probably have more experience with failure than with success in trying to change your habits. That’s why we end up listing the same goals for our New Year’s resolutions every year. Why is that? Why are habits [ … ]

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Modes of Manipulation

When most people think of a brainwashed individual, they imagine someone whose mind is completely controlled. Some evil but powerful authority is manipulating his or her will. In the most extreme cases — as when a cult leader instructs his followers to commit suicide, or when an oppressive political regime [ … ]

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What Is Internet Gaming Disorder?

Decades before the Gamergate and its aftermath blew up the internet, video games had its fierce detractors — people who recognized the medium’s pervasive influence and immediately feared the worst — seeing it as a corrupting force on the people who played them. In the years since we moved from gaming consoles [ … ]