Cognition Essential Reads

What Were You Doing in My Dream?

Dreams can be weird, original and surprising. Who exactly is in charge of them?

Do You Have Any Idea What Causes a Solar Eclipse?

By Andrew Shtulman Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Inconceivable
The U.S. is preparing for a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, an event that is not only rare but also counterintuitive.

How Do We Read Emotions in Robots?

In time of need, will you let a robot help you? A new study examines this.
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Money on the Mind

Researchers are exploring the influence of historic income inequality on how we make choices and behave.

How Children’s Brains Learn to Reason

By Lydia Denworth on August 09, 2017 in Brain Waves
Reasoning is a profoundly important cognitive skill that affects achievement in school and in challenging careers. Now we know more about how it develops in children's brains.

The "Golden Rule" For Better Relationships: Say "Yes-and..."

Are your conversations filled with denials, rejections, and negations of what someone says? Do they get tense, lead to bad feelings, turn into an argument, go nowhere?

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.

Significance and Value

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in One Among Many
Statisticians and research scientists fight over the future of significance testing. Will Big Data win the day?

Seeing the Sky as a Copernican

We are not naturally inclined to perceive the world in conformity with even our most familiar and well-learned scientific commitments.

Bilingual Infants Learning New Words

Young bilingual infants learn new words in their languages amazingly well. Dr. Krista Byers-Heinlein, an expert on bilingual language development, tells us how they do it.

Death of a Genius

Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman to win the Fields Medal (the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in mathematics) died on July 14th, aged 40. Her career sheds light on creativity.

How Do Music and Poetry Become Expressive?

How do music and poetry make us feel things?

Never Again Forget a Name With This Proven Method

Everyone wishes to have a better memory for faces, but so far there's been no magic bullet. A new study based on a popular game shows how to make that magic work for you.

Ravens Plan for the Future; Rats Know When They've Forgotten

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Research on animal cognition is yielding very interesting results. New studies show ravens show flexibility in planning for the future and rats know when they've forgotten stuff.

Constant Phone Interruptions Affect Toddlers

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
New research suggests that constant phone interruptions can have more serious consequences for parents of toddlers than you might think.

The Charter for Animal Compassion for Non-Humans and Humans

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 26, 2017 in Animal Emotions
The soon-to-be-launched Charter for Animal Compassion champions the science of animal sentience and envisions "a world in which human and non-human animals flourish."

The Silver Lining in the ADHD Cloud

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

How To Explain How Genes Affect Politics

How do genes affect political attitudes and behavior? At least one guy knows how to explain it.

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

ADHD: A Bundle of Deplorable Problems Masked in Plain View?

ADHD: a performance deficit---significant difficulties implementing academic skills, not specifically learning them. Is ADHD over-diagnosed and stimulant drugs over-prescribed?

52 Ways to Show I Love You: See a Different Point of View

Our appreciation of ways in which thoughts can affect feelings and behaviors has evolved. It allows us to show love through appreciating each other's point of view.

Psychological Gifts You Can Give Yourself Over The Summer

Have you taken full advantage of the summer? Here are a few things to consider to boost your brain.

Facts and Fiction About the So-Called “Summer Slide”

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Perhaps we should call it the summer ladder rather than slide. Children gain skills--especially in mathematical reasoning--in summer faster than during the school year.

One More Reason Aerobic Exercise Is So Good for Your Brain

Researchers have pinpointed a molecular mechanism that might explain why physical activity improves cognitive function, boosts brain power, and reduces dementia.
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Faking It

Even though students claim to, they often don’t know what educators mean by ‘critical thinking’.
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Timing Matters in the Effects of Neglect on Development

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Adopting Reason
How much can stable, nurturing homes help children overcome the effects of severe early neglect?

Infant Gut Microbiome May Influence Cognitive Development

In the past month, two pioneering human studies have revealed fresh clues on how various colonies of gut microbiome influence brain function and cognitive development.

Does the Unconscious Really Exist?

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Supersurvivors
One of the oldest ideas in psychology is that we have an unconscious mind that, despite our best intentions, is the real controlling force in our lives. But is this really true?

Why Your Relationship Isn't As "Complicated" As You Think

By Jen Kim on July 17, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
How #FakeNews infiltrates our romantic relationships

Health 2.0, It's All About You

By David Rosen on July 14, 2017 in Health 2.0
A health revolution has put us back in control of our health and wellness, with technology and social media redefining every stage of our of life. Welcome to Health 2.0.