Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Literature, neuroscience, and the constructive brain.
Hal McDonald Ph.D.
Recent studies confirm that in matters of personal motivation and satisfaction, it’s not whether you win or lose; it's how hard you have to play the game.
A recent study shows that a perennial pet peeve of English teachers actually serves a useful psychological function.
A recent study suggests that imagining what might have been in the past can help you prepare for what might be in the future.
New research suggests that shifting the visual perspective of our autobiographical memories can shape and potentially restructure how we remember.
Recent neuroimaging research shows that two distinct, often antagonistic brain networks cooperate to produce creative thinking.
Nostalgia is by definition a backward looking emotional experience, but new research suggests that one form of nostalgia involves looking forward in order to look back.
Recent studies on memory explain why spontaneous involuntary memories of our past are more vivid and emotionally intense than the memories we access intentionally.
In 1992, Bill Clinton said to a protester at a campaign rally, "I feel your pain." New research indicates that the now famous expression might not just be a figure of speech.
Recent research indicates that our brain's susceptibility to false memories of the past may actually come in handy in our encounters with unfamiliar situations in the future.
People often justify procrastination by claiming that they "work better under pressure." New research indicates that, in some kinds of tasks, there may be some truth to that claim.
The next time you’re trying to concentrate and find your mind wandering off task, you might just want to let it go. New research suggests it may be helping you achieve your goals.
Have you ever had a vivid memory that turned out to be false? New research suggests that false memories may actually be associated with a number of positive psychological traits.
It’s a well-known fact of life that “you can’t go home again,” and it’s how we deal with that realization that determines the emotional quality of our memories.
Is semantic ignorance olfactory bliss? Familiar smells can evoke powerful memories, but they pack a particularly powerful punch when we don't know where they're coming from.
Walt Whitman once asked, “Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?” Research on the neural networks involved in metaphor processing justifies that feeling of pride.
Got a final exam tomorrow (or some other memory task)? A good night’s sleep is the best preparation, but what if you don't have time for sleep? New research offers a ray of hope.
Time for spring cleaning? You can straighten up your house as much as you like, but you might want to leave a little disorder in your brain.
Unbidden memories are special surprise gifts to our present from our past, but they are gifts that must be purchased on the layaway plan.
Does a stray, random image, word, or sound ever pop into your head seemingly out of nowhere? Pay attention next time. Such spontaneous thoughts may be neither stray nor random.
A recent Bernie Sanders campaign ad featured a nostalgic oldie as the soundtrack to Sanders' revolutionary vision of the future. Was the song choice misguided, or right on target?
A familiar song can carry us back to our past, but does a single musical chord have the power to make us feel nostalgic?
Have you ever caught a whiff of something that transported you back in time, but you could never figure out what point in time it transported you to? There’s a reason for that.
Could Jane Austen and your 6th grade crush be standing between you and material success? The possible perils of reading and remembering for pleasure.
Is that a rattlesnake on the path up ahead, or just a stick? If you said snake, you may be suffering from the same cognitive disorder as Shakespeare’s troubled Hamlet.
Sometimes "paying" attention can cost way too much.
Feeling nostalgic? Indulge yourself. Those happy memories of the past may make you better able to deal with the present.
Don't let your memories gather dust in storage. Drag them out into the daylight of throwback Thursday.
You don't need a DeLorean or a black hole to travel through time. There's a time machine sitting right between your ears.
Hal McDonald, Ph.D., a professor of literature and linguistics at Mars Hill University, is the author of the medical mystery The Anatomists.