Big Mistake: Small Kids Left to Their Own Devices

Screens blot out the lived-in world of people and things, increasingly leading to narcissism, reduced empathy, and low self-esteem.

Can a TV Series Teach Us to Love Androids?

Our response to humanoid robots says more about us than them. Emotional reading comes from within, leading us to project our own feelings onto others, both living and inanimate.

Silver Bullets For Your Brain: Nootropics Are Now at Hand

Many would love a pill that restored the hundreds of lost hours due to fatigue and the necessity of sleep.

Body Language Says it All: Hillary Hides, Donald Emotes

Watch what the debaters do rather than listening to what they say. The best way to judge people trying to persuade you is with the volume turned off.

$50m Judgment Says Brain Training a Sham

Letting someone else sharpen your brain sounds great. Except it doesn't work, and you have to do the work yourself. The good news is that it isn't so hard.

Muscle Memory—It’s in Your Head, Not Your Limbs

Don’t believe promises of “accelerated learning.” Four proven practices can boost retention and give you peace of mind instead.

Stressed Out? Science Says Look at Some Trees

When you’re feeling frazzled you might reach for a Xanax. Or a drink. Or you can take advantage of a natural and cost–free remedy: looking at trees. But why does it work?

How Your Lie–Detector Chin Gives Away the Naked Truth

We surmise what lies behind facial expressions, decipher body language, and interpret tone apart from literal words. We read between the lines and hear what isn't said.

Bernie and Hillary Naked on Stage

Body language broadcasts more than people realize. Politicians try hard not to say what’s really on their mind, but sometimes they might as well be naked on the stage.

Why Ted Cruz’s Facial Expression Makes Me Uneasy

We learn to read faces from birth, and easily tell a natural smile from a forced one. The Senator’s expressions feel atypical, which leaves me feeling uneasy.

Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks Do

How did the need to show off on social media come to trump common sense for sensing danger and one's instinct for self-preservation?

Ambivalence in Addiction

The Latin word "addictum" once described the length of time an indentured slave had to serve. The person who served that sentence was the "addict." The etymology means “bound to”—just as many of us are hopelessly bound to our screens.

Poison Apple II: How Smartphones Degrade Learning

Today’s students are less capable than earlier counterparts. Ed-Tech is an alluring illusion that promises more efficient learning than actual teachers provide.

Poison Apple: Technology Fads Make Your Kids Dumber

Students have confused the ability to look up a fact with actual knowledge.They can Google the who, what, and when, but can't explain "why."

Addicted to Our Screens, or Merely Obsessed?

Digital Distractions and addiction to mediated images are imbecilizing America’s youth. The energy cost to our still Stone–Age brains explains how and why. Scientists debate whether we are addicted to our devices. What no one disputes is that our attention spans have gone to hell.

Cause and Effect in Wine Drinkers’ Health

We think we know what causes what. But research shows we are greatly mistaken, and often confuse correlation with cause.

Why Loneliness Hurts So Much

Just we feel hunger when we haven't enough food, we feel affection hunger when our needs for connection go unmet. Close relationships aren’t a luxury, but a necessity. The need for social connection is innate, just like the need for food, sleep, and air.

5 Reasons That Alcohol Makes You Fat

Most of the calories in drinks come from the alcohol more than the carbs or sugars they contain. There's no getting around the facts, which is why low-alcohol beverages are better for your waistline than low-carb varieties.

How Facial Botox Changes Your Brain—Literally

Botox injections are hardly benign. New research shows that the facial paralysis they cause remaps the brain’s sensory maps for the hands. Long term consequences are as yet unknown, and users should think twice.

Why We're All Overwhelmed Today

Prolonged and repetitive exposure to devices changes our behavior and even the way we think. The result is counterproductive interruptions and flitting from one task to another. Attention is like a spotlight: what lies outside it is in our cognitive blind spot.

When Daydreams Become a Shocking Experience

Some people prefer self-electrocution to being alone with their own thoughts. Modern life's distractions have made it increasingly harder to disengage, so that being quiet with one’s own thoughts has come to feel strange. But being able to sit and think is necessary to plan for the future and remember the past.

10 Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Some subjects are worth mastering in order to succeed as adults. These lessons were the most common that recent grads regretted not having learning. But they are lessons that anyone can master at any stage in life.

“Baby Brain” and Addled Mothers–To–Be

Mothers-to-be are open to all sorts of physical accidents. Are hormones to blame?

Why Millennials Can't Anticipate or Fend For Themselves

People in their 20s do not consider themselves adults. Helicopter parents prevent children from coping with setbacks and disappointments. How will this end?

Deterrence: Bad Feelings Motivate Us More Than Pleasant Ones

Negative feelings control us more than good ones do. Understanding this can help avoid pitfalls in both finance and personal relationships, as well as eliminate second guessing.

Shielding Children from Hard Truths Hurts Rather Than Helps

Well-meaning parents try to shield their kids from unpleasant facts, assuming that tough details of reality will upset their children and inflict harm. But evidence to the contrary shows how mistaken they are.

Sleep: The Clean-Up Crew of a Dirty Mind

Your brain cleans up after the lights go out just as a party host tidies up empty glasses and smoky ashtrays once guests have gone home.

Can Fish Oil Help Preserve Brain Cells?

Fish beats fowl if you want to feed your brain cells.

Using Just 10% of Your Brain?

Hucksters boasting methods “based on neuroscience” promise to unleash hidden brain potential. What they actually unlock is your wallet. Why brain energy is limited, and multitasking is a fool's errand.

Touched by the Moon

Folklore claims that the full moon affects people, yet a lunar influence on human affairs has never been shown—until now. Sleep and subjective well-being do respond to lunar cycles, and there appears to be a second, monthly, clock in the brain besides the familiar circadian one.

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