Cognition Essential Reads

How Smart Is that Doggie at My Table? A Measurable Fido IQ

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Animal Emotions
An exciting new study has discovered a generalized intelligence factor for dogs. The researchers found that dogs who did well on one test tended to be better on other tests.

Maybe It’s Harder to Kill Yourself Than You Picture

Is thinking about suicide ever therapeutic?

More Proof That Aerobic Exercise Can Make Your Brain Bigger

New research confirms that sustained aerobic exercise stimulates the birth of new neurons in the adult brain. This process may improve learning and memory, especially as we age.

The Synergistic Components of Schizophrenia

Psychotic ideation is bolstered by its characteristics of visceral experience, dissociation and lack of context. Rogerian theory and therapy might be a promising intervention.

Why Study Expertise?

The study of expertise has implications for psychology, education, coaching, and artificial intelligence. It emphasizes the positive aspects of the human mind.

What Are the Boundaries of the Mind?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 06, 2016 Talking Apes
Cognition is about processing information to guide behavior, whether it takes place in your skull or the world around you.

Is Choice Overload a Real Thing?

By Jesse Marczyk on February 05, 2016 Pop Psych
Research finds that too many choices can hinder people from choosing...or maybe it doesn't...

The Mysterious Connection Between Smell and Our Past

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.

Being Creative About Staying Creative

Keeping an open mind about — and asking more from — brain training

Psychology in Making a Murderer

The most entrenched cognitive bias is in the direction of things we’ve already said and beliefs we’ve already acted on.

How to Sharpen Your Sixth Sense

Elevate your intuition from good to great.

Facilitating Collective Intelligence

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on January 23, 2016 In One Lifespan
Successful collaboration requires careful design of learning environments for group interaction and provision of good facilitation to promote meaning-making and problem solving.

How to Change Minds About Vaccine Safety

If there is only one thing you could say about vaccine safety, what should it be? The answer might be surprisingly simple.

Severity Makes Events Feel Closer

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 14, 2016 Ulterior Motives
Psychological distance has been the focus of a lot of research lately. How do we decide whether something is near or far from us?

Mental Maps and Cognitive Gaps

People who make judgments that affect others’ lives might not see how their own needs and biases influence their decisions.

Fighting Radical Islam—A Virus of the Mind

The ideology of ISIS is a mental parasite that self-replicates, evolves, and spreads best through destruction. Stopping this viral replicator from infecting more brains is a must.

Declutter NOW! How Prospect Theory Clutters Up Our Closets

Do you have trouble decluttering your home or office? We tend to over-value most items and it can be painful to let go of things we don't really need!

Black-and-White Thinking in our Social Worlds

The figure/ground illusion shows how we literally cannot see two different things in the same set of stimuli. This feature of psychology generalizes to how we see people.

Relationships are Learning Environments

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 Talking Apes
Using the past to predict the future can be an effective strategy. But sometimes our past experiences seduce us into thinking we have a handle on the present when in fact we don’t.

Where’s the Nearest Starbucks? Sex Differences in Wayfinding

Are there really evolved sex differences in cognition?

A Million Ways to Say Hello

Some of the many rewards of cross-cultural encounters can come from our differences.

Cheating Queens and Faux Snakes

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.

Exergaming: Playing Video Games While You Exercise

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on January 05, 2016 In One Lifespan
How do we encourage older adults to exercise, and what type of exercise is best? Exergames may provide a good solution, interactive games that combine physical exercise.

9 Ways to Keep Your Power

Giving away your power robs you of mental strength. These strategies will empower you to be your strongest self.

Brains, Bridges, and Creativity Boosts

How to “warm-up” your dynamically creative brain

The Science of Sentience: An Interview about Animal Feelings

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 02, 2016 Animal Emotions
Read an interview with the founders and editor of Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling, a new and unique online journal.

The Brain Is Always Active

Why is our brain's intrinsic activity so important?

Charles Dickens, Neuroscientist

Sometimes "paying" attention can cost way too much.

Neuroscience's New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual

Does it feel like anything to be a beetle? How about a plant or a computer? One theory posits that consciousness exists wherever information is being integrated—and is measurable.

Do Dogs Have a Sense of Humor?

Does your dog have a sense of humor? Data shows that while some dog breeds seem to have it while some don't.