Attention Essential Reads

Having an Answer to “Where Did the Time Go?”

Be aware of the limited time you have to make the most of your life, and then do it.

Look Closer: How to Spot Human Trafficking Victims

Human trafficking is an insidious epidemic, but it is not invisible. They key is knowing what to look for, and where to look.

Top Ten Tips for a Healthier Brain in 2018

By Georgia Ede MD on December 31, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Which dietary changes are really worth making when it comes to brain health? Simple, science-based advice that really works.
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Mind vs. Matter: Animal or Human?

How can a cluster of neurons instinctively sense we are in danger, in spite of everything our eyes and ears may tell us?

New Study Underscores Why Fewer Toys Is the Better Option

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Singletons
Parents may be giving their young children too many toys. In terms of development and creativity, less is more. Here's why.

Get Your Students to be More Engaged

Break up your teaching into smaller chunks, and provide your class with feedback about how well they are understanding the material.

How to Increase Your Chances of Coincidental Discoveries

Are you hoping for a sudden realization? It may be closer than you think.

When Post-Breakup Pursuit Becomes Stalking

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Relational pursuit is part of love stories and romantic comedies, even after a breakup. Unfortunately, glamorous depictions of unrequited love create a false sense of normalcy.

Dogs Are More Expressive When We're Looking at Them

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new study shows dogs display more, but not different, facial expressions when we pay attention to them. The presence of food didn't have any effect, so they're not just using us.

The Most Attractive (Invisible) Trait of Any Partner

If you set your device on the table on a date, beware: distraction signals disinterest. Instead, cultivate chemistry through the most significant silent compliment: your attention.
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Growing Up Too Fast? Early Adversity Affects Fear Responses

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Adopting Reason
The development of brain systems for detecting threats is affected in complex ways by early experiences of deprivation and neglect.

Logical Consequences: Helping Kids Learn from Their Mistakes

Punishment breeds resentment and retaliation. Logical consequences, when they're imposed with kindness and attention, can help kids take responsibility for their actions.

Tears of Connection

By Guest Blogger on October 01, 2017 in The Guest Room
Infant tears may play an underappreciated part in getting parents' attention.

Can Smartphones Make Us More Absent-Minded?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Can smartphones and other digital devices make us more absent-minded in general? New research explores the role that smartphone use can have on our ability to pay attention.

Another Dark Side of 9/11: Manipulating Trauma for Sympathy

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 24, 2017 in Culture Shrink
The heartbreak of 9/11 held the nation's sympathy. For a few wayward souls, the temptation of receiving that powerful sympathy was worth lying for.

I Tried Direct Neurofeedback and the Results Surprised Me

By Zoltan Istvan on September 17, 2017 in The Transhumanist Philosopher
Recently, Grant Rudolph, Clinical Director at Echo Rock Neurotherapy, invited me to try his Direct Neurofeedback techniques.

Beating the Post-Summer Office Blues

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in The Power of Insight
Are you struggling to get your head back in the game at work now that summer is over? Here are three research-backed tips to make this your most productive fall yet.

Human-Like Consciousness and Human-Like Intelligence

By Carlos Montemayor Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Theory of Consciousness
The relationship between human-like qualities and the capacity for consciousness, the H-C plane, gets more complicated with the consciousness and attention dissociation.

Remembering Accidentally on Purpose

It's a well-known, unfortunate fact of life that some of our memory functions decline as we age, but recent studies suggest there may be a silver lining to that gray cloud.
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You Really Need to Be Tracking Your Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.

The Silver Lining in the ADHD Cloud

Is your ADHD getting in your way? Learn how to turn it into a valuable asset.

Dementia of Youth—Why Our Memories Are So Unreliable

Do you feel a little lost in your life choices? Small mindset shifts can go a long way

Four Reasons Why Paradox Helps Research Get Attention

Do Paradoxes Command Better Attention or Disbelief? The Answer Will Surprise You.

4 Subtle, Underestimated Signs of Female Beauty

It is no secret that when it comes to physical beauty, women are held to higher standards than are men; here are a few of the subtle things that seem to matter a lot.

The Matrix Effect: When Time Slows Down

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Sense of Time
Have you had this kind of experience? Time seemed to slow down during an accident. Here are answers to the questions of why this happens and what then happens in the brain.

Mnemonic Misery

How negative emotions can improve your memory.

Distracted Parents and Problem Children

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
Have you seen them at the parks and in the coffee shops? Parents hypnotized by their phones and computers; unaware of what their children are doing. What happens to those children?

Why Should We Slow Down? The Lost Art of Patience

By Alan Castel Ph.D. on June 10, 2017 in Metacognition and the Mind
Technology allows us to get things done quickly, and we love our smartphones. But slowing down might make you happier and healthier, and also more productive in the long run.

When Distraction Is a Good Thing

By Nir Eyal on June 08, 2017 in Automatic You
Distractions are often seen as a bad thing, but that's not always the case. Here's how you can use distractions to your advantage.

When Emotion Meets Thinking

Can we be sad and creative too?