Essential Reads

How Are Gesture and Speech Related?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
People may learn gestures by watching the speakers of their native language. But new research suggests the language itself can shape these gestures.

Working Better: Brain Science in Business

There are many brain science lessons that can be applied in organisations from sleep hygiene to managing stress to fostering creativity.

The Appeal of Conspiracy Theories About EgyptAir MS804

How can a seventy-year-old, 90-second animation help explain the popularity of conspiracy theories about airplane crashes?

The Best Way to Move on After a Breakup

Getting over the end of your relationship can be a difficult process, but finding the silver lining will help you move on.

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Conspiracy Theories and You:

Conspiracy theories have much to say about who we are and where we're going.

6 Ways Reading Fires Up Your Writing Brain

Our brains are amazing thinking, dreaming, imagining, and producing machines, reliant upon their masters to program, nurture, guide, and direct them. Luckily, reading does wonders.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 in Memory Medic
Start your thinking project with pen or pencil. Then use the keyboard for final production.

Is There a Tiny Writer Living in Your Brain?

By Lee Eisenberg on May 27, 2016 in The Point Is
How DO our memories get archived, retrieved, returned to storage, revised over time, deleted, recovered from the trash in a pinch?

Don’t You Believe It

By Aaron C.T. Smith on May 26, 2016 in True Believers
How to think about what you think about

Cracking the Shell for Better Money Habits

Well, you may approach money the same way I approached my breakfast: fumbling, stumbling, sometimes getting it right and sometimes complete disaster.

No. 1 Reason Having Vivid Dreams Benefits Your Brain

A groundbreaking study has identified—for the first time—a direct causal link between rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and memory formation.
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Vox Synaesthetica, Healer-Artist

By Maureen Seaberg on May 25, 2016 in Sensorium
CC Hart adds more color to synesthesia community...

Dogs Hesitate More and Respond Less Well When You Are Upset

Your emotional state can cause your dog to hesitate or to execute your instructions less accurately.

Assessing Speech Perception and Comprehension in Bilinguals

When bilinguals need to have their speech perception and comprehension assessed clinically, how is it done? And what are the issues at stake?

Will FDA’s Nutritional Label Changes Affect Buyer Behavior?

Studies about consumers’ use of nutrition labels suggest a need for skepticism.
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New Evidence That IQ Can Be Increased With Brain Training

By Bryan Roche, Ph.D. on May 24, 2016 in IQ Boot Camp
Still cynical about brain training? Evidence for a form of Relational Skills Training called SMART training is mounting.

A Unified Approach to Human Consciousness

A unified approach to human consciousness is laid out, and Freud's structural and topographical models are updated in the process.

Throat Clearing May Indicate Deception

Throat clearing along with an Adam’s apple jump indicates stress and anxiety.

Harvard Research Shows How the Cerebellum Regulates Thoughts

Harvard neuroscientists have discovered how the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") regulates human cognition. This could have dramatic implications for advances in psychiatry.

EgyptAir: Now What?

The cause will not be officially determined for some time. But no airliner has come apart in mid-air due to technical failure in more than sixty years.

Charisma and Vision

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on May 20, 2016 in Hot Thought
Charisma and vision are important characteristics of leaders such as Justin Trudeau and Steve Jobs. Both are intensely emotional.

Could a Million Monkeys Type the Secret of Life?

By Robert Lanza M.D. on May 20, 2016 in Biocentrism
Life's special place in the great scheme of existence

Passing the Baton, Mother to Son: You Rock!

By Greg O'Brien on May 18, 2016 in On Pluto
The efficacious passing of the baton in a relay race is as fundamental as lacing up a pair of running shoes, and has relevance in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Why Is Budweiser Changing Its Brand Name to "America"?

There is some marketing logic behind the brand name change, but there are also many question marks.

Take the One Second Intelligence Test

A very fast way to learn how fast you are

Stressed Out? Try Looking at Some Trees

When you’re feeling frazzled you might reach for a Xanax. Or a drink. Or you can take advantage of a natural and cost–free remedy: looking at trees. But why does it work?

The Struggle to Unlearn Psychology

Many millennials have minimal exposure to extinction situations, because someone constantly reinforced them.

The Manliness of Donald Trump

Not since Ronald Reagan has America had a manly president, and maybe that’s a good thing. Trump’s “us vs. them” mentality appeals to our visceral, unthinking instincts.

5 Ways to Get a Better Read on People

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on May 16, 2016 in In Practice
Don't make these common mistakes when reading other people.

When We Were Zombies: Why Time Consciousness Matters

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on May 16, 2016 in Sense of Time
Break with some of your daily routines. Surprise intensifies the feeling of your self and expands subjective time.

Some Facts about Facts

Humans have devised no better general approaches than those of science for adjudicating disputes about empirical facts.

Born Yesterday

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 14, 2016 in Talking Apes
Social learning helps us to acquire information quickly from others. But not all social models are reliable, and even infants know who to trust and who to disregard.

Sex and Gender Are Dials (Not Switches)

Science and sexual diversity: Explaining complex combinations sex and gender

Does Talking to an Attractive Woman Make Men Dumber?

If women value intelligent mates, why do men become less intelligent when talking to beautiful women?