Essential Reads

7 Ways to Mitigate Self-Doubt

Release negative thinking and live to your fullest potential.

Visual Attention and Consciousness

Understanding conscious awareness through the research on visual attention

How Does Physical Experience Affect Learning?

Real experiences help you learn more about the world.

New Research Tools to Test Brain Injury

Scientists can now see damage to living brains

Recent Posts on Cognition

Obsession: Not as Sexy as it Sounds

By Fletcher Wortmann on March 31, 2012 in Triggered
“Oh my god. I am so OCD.” I know you’ve been obsessed, so tell me: what’s your poison? What did it for you? Was it an unrequited crush? Some esoteric branch of knowledge you could never quite master? A mop-haired teen idol with the face and vocal range of a neutered kitten? An old grudge you know will never be put right? Trouble at work, at home, in bed, in church?

What Your Facebook Account Says About Your Brain

Why do some people have thousands of friends on Facebook and others have just a few? It turns out that it depends on the size of their brain.

Brain, Behavior, and Media

The dramatic influence of rapidly growing social media, computers, telephony, television, movies and the Internet continue to surprise us all. Among the most fascinating developments is what we are learning from brain research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Become a Better Liar and Live a Better Life

It is possible to become a better liar by mastering a few simple techniques to avoid deception detection.

The Sweet Spot for Achievement

What's the relationship between stress and performance?

Creating Happiness: 10 Practical Strategies

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 29, 2012 in The Human Beast
People are either optimists or pessimists. Discussion of this split tends to be loaded.

The Creative Thinking Myth

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 29, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
The right-brained creativity myth isn't the only limited notion of what creativity is, what it requires, and how it happens. Again, let me be audacious enough to mention another one: the creative thinking myth. And you tell me what you think.

Are You Also Much Better Than Other People?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 28, 2012 in Hide and Seek
Most people regard themselves in more positive terms than other people regard them, and have an unduly optimistic outlook on their circumstances and possibilities.

Baby Come and Light My Fire...

Striking a match can light a candle. Initial sparks can help to kindle a blaze. So too with lighting sexual fires, which in turn help to keep marital affection warmly loving. What mutual actions can couples take to ignite their sexual energies?

Sleep, Diet and Brain Function Are Genetically Linked

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on March 28, 2012 in Your Brain on Food
Recent studies offer insight into the mechanisms that control how much we need to eat, how much we need to sleep and how resilient our brain is to the loss of either.

Maslow's Hammer

By David McRaney on March 27, 2012 in You Are Not So Smart
Promoted as a chance for representatives of a broad range of disciplines to meet and discuss what it means to be human, the Being Human conference in San Francisco featured V. S. Ramachandran, David Eagleman, Paul Ekman, Thomas Metzinger and others. Read what David McRaney thought of the event.

Non-Progressive Mild Cognitive Impairment: Case Examples 1

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a transitional state of cognitive decline that is below the average age-related fall off in mental skills but above the threshold for dementia. It is also called "early" or "minimal dementia," sometimes "mild Alzheimer's disease."

Can TETRIS Prevent PTSD?

Neuroscientists try to interrupt the deposition of traumatic memories associated with PTSD—with the video game Tetris and the old standby morphine.

Mind control: Neuroscience in marketing

By Ray Williams on March 27, 2012 in Wired for Success
Knowledge from neuroscience has emerged as one of the biggest breakthroughs in business-particularly marketing and advertising-in decades.

What Mindfulness Can Do For the Nation

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan’s new book, “A Mindful Nation,” makes the radical proposal that by practicing mindfulness, the United States can tackle our most significant challenges from education to the environment. It’s an exciting concept that brings psychology vitally into the mainstream of today’s political dialogue.

What Will Teens and Young Adults Be Like in 2020?

By Peg Streep on March 27, 2012 in Tech Support
Will a generation that's grown up digital bring new talents and abilities to society's table or will we see a diminution of creativity and analytical thought? No one really knows for sure...

Top Autism Spectrum Books

By Stephen Borgman on March 27, 2012 in Spectrum Solutions
Who has the time to weed through the long list of autism spectrum books to find great reads to help us with our most pressing challenges? I put this list of autism spectrum books together to save you time and effort. This list includes titles on marriage as well as ones for parents and kids.

Stop Being Anxious About Being Anxious

The many approaches to anxiety.

Mentalising Helps Us Keep Friends, but What About Lovers?

Today we are learning that to keep friends, we need a certain set of cognitive skills, one of which is mind-reading. This could have dramatic ramifications in terms of friends and lovers or friends with benefits.

Explanation Roundup (February/March Edition)

By Tania Lombrozo Ph.D. on March 26, 2012 in Explananda
Human curiosity and its consequences are everywhere. Find out about interesting posts and articles concerning the cognitive science of explanation from across the web, including findings on how children's explanations guide their exploration and inform Artificial Intelligence, and how we do (and don't) understand our own storytelling minds.

Training Working Memory: Why and how

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on March 26, 2012 in Memory Medic
Working memory capacity is really important. Do you know why? Do you know what you can do about it?

Does One Need to Forgive Abusive Parents to Heal?

One of the most frequent questions I get when I start working with patients with previously abusive parents or other primary caretakers is, "Do I have to forgive them?"

Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Science & The Marshmallow Test

In the 1960s and 1970s, Walter Mischel and his colleagues began a study with 500 nursery school children of faculty and graduate students at Stanford University. These researchers were interested in "demystifying" the concept of "willpower" in their 4-year-old subjects.

Strong and Weak Opinions Define (Republican) Primaries

By Thomas J. Leeper PhD on March 26, 2012 in Polarized
Most news about the 2012 Republican primaries has focused on which candidates are faring well in which states. This focus on the levels of support for each of the Republican candidates misses a critically important part of those opinions and the larger primary election process —something that social psychologists call attitude strength.

They’re Just Not That Into You! And Other Facts to Help You Beat Social Anxiety

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on March 26, 2012 in Think Well
If you suffer from social anxiety, or are merely self-conscious or shy, here are a few simple truths that will help you conquer your fear.

A Hard Pill to Swallow

Imagine you're a 20 year old university student without any prior history of bipolar symptoms. Thus far, you've been on top of your game. Your sustained efforts have paid off and in the absence of unforeseen derailment, it seems there's not much that's going to stand in your way.

The Ghost Constructed by the Machine

The physical characteristics of the human body place severe constraints on how the brain computes the mind, thereby shaping the ghost constructed by the machine.

Mapping Human Consciousness

By Gregg Henriques on March 25, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
Breaking adult human consciousness up into three domains and two filters helps us understand human consciousness from an integrative perspective.