Essential Reads

How Your Emotions Really Work

When the tail wags the dog.

Hearing With Our Eyes, Seeing With Our Ears

How the brain combines sights and sounds to create conscious experience

In the Age Of Emoji, What's in a Word?

Emojis can be even more powerful than words.

The Clothes You Wear Can Affect a Dog's Emotional State

The pattern on your shirt might just make a dog feel anxious and uncomfortable.

Recent Posts on Cognition

Meditate Just Like The U.S. Marines

The US Marines have embraced mindfulness meditation to help them cope with anxiety, stress, depression, pain and exhaustion. Have they gone 'soft' or is it their secret weapon in their fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda?

Beyond Adversity

Roll with the punches. Pull yourself up by the bootstraps. How do you do this? Read how now.

The Logic of Insomnia

Our brain has a job to do, to protect us and to serve us, and it will continue to do that job irrespective of our wish to sleep.

Have You Taught Your Kids to Worry?

Childhood is a difficult time. But hey kids - most of you will have those champions of wisdom and good sense to guide you through the difficulties – your parents! Or will you?

Fake Flooring and Fake People

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on July 02, 2012 Mindbloggling
The human mind uses everything it encounters as a potential metaphor for everything else. The message for kids growing up surrounded by fake stuff is: Rather than learning to come to terms with and appreciate what things really are, how things really are, who you really are, just fake it.

Grieving Animals: Saying Goodbye to Friends and Family

Many animals say goodbye to friends and family by holding ritualized funeral services. Stories and scientific data show this to be the case. We're not the only animals who grieve and mourn the loss of others. Grieving and mourning say so much about the character of individuals of numerous diverse species.

Mind Your Monkey Mind

You know how your mind sometimes races around, obsessing over something that some part of you knows isn't worth all that distress? Out of two new anxiety memoirs, I loved one.

Auction Game

The decision to bid in an auction and to select the size of one’s bid is frustratingly difficult. The problem is that the other decision-makers are facing exactly the same situation. Game theory can help conceptualize what’s going on, but its recommendation for what to do, though mathematically tractable, remains opaque to the potential user.

Is Your Money Safe?

The ghost in the machine of Wall Street.

Cell Phone Health Risks

Do cell phones cause cancer? Greening the Media asks the hard questions

The Ashley Treatment

Disability activists have, correctly, pointed out that it is possible to be wrong about any individual's “cognitive abilities” and future prospects for growth and development. But does this support for the conclusion that the Ashley Treatment is always, and everywhere, wrong?

Is Opiate Pain Medication Safe for Addicts? Part II

When considering opiate pain medication among addicts, one of the important questions is: Do they work?

A Tale of Two Robots

What robots can teach us about our embodied cognition

Can Eating Breakfast Make You Fat?

Is it better to skip breakfast than go and grab a tasty sugar rush?

What's New in Neuro-Education

Have you hugged your neuroscience today?

How Do Our Minds Really Work?

It's time for a whole new integrated view of ourselves.

Broader Scientific Literacy May Not Lead to Better Political Decision Making

Scientifically literate individuals appear somewhat more likely to exhibit motivated cognition than others.

That Damned Winner's Curse

Beware what you wish for. If you get it after outbidding competitors, you probably paid too much. Perhaps it is better to sell in auctions than to buy.

Diabetes and Cognitive Decline in Later Life

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on June 25, 2012 Brain Sense
Can preventing, delaying, or better controlling diabetes reduce the risk of cognitive impairment later in life? A new study says yes.

There’s Magic In Your Smile

Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.