Essential Reads

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 in 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 in Pop Psych
Research finds that too many choices can hinder people from choosing...or maybe it doesn't...

Ineffable Olfaction

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.

More Posts on Cognition

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 Synergisitc Components of Schizophrenia

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

When Stereotypes Affect Our Thinking

Cognitive abilities are affected by many factors. Is the role of gender stereotypes as important as some believe in explaining sex differences in cognitive abilities?

After Three Years, Justice from the VA

By Eric Newhouse on February 08, 2016 Invisible Wounds
VA finally upgrades former Army Capt. Charles Gatlin's TBI disability rating, but one question remains: Why did it take them three years to read his DoD medical records?

Mental Illness: Talk About It More, Not Less

One study found that tolerance decreased when describing people as "mentally ill" instead of "having mental illness."

Attention Residue and the Pandora Pomdoro

When you’re doing 8 or 9 things at once you’re a certain kind of powerful, but when you do just one thing for a focused period of time, you’re incredibly powerful.

Why People Buy

How do consumers transition from disinterest in a product or service to urgently wanting that same product or service? It is all about psychology.

Cam Newton Walks, Chews Gum, and Throws Touchdown Passes

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Black Belt Brain
We've all known people who "can't walk and chew gum at the same time." Here's why Cam Newton can do all that and more.

When a Lie Reveals a Truth: Insights from the McGurk Effect

Sometimes a lie can reveal a truth about a scientific mystery

Learning and Social Distance

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Ulterior Motives
Does the distance between you and the person you are learning from affect what you learn from that person?

Nine Signs of a Courageous Mind

By Jake Breeden on February 04, 2016 Tipping Sacred Cows
Live life more fully by thinking more courageously.

Can Some Lead a Better Life by Listening to their Voices?

The Hearing Voices Movement offers a paradigm shift for people confronting auditory hallucinations.

Why Is Your Child Good (Or Bad...) at Both Math and Reading?

By Garth Sundem on February 03, 2016 Brain Trust
Why do reading and math go together? Is it general intelligence boosting both? Study skills? Tiger parenting? A new study pinpoints this skill...and it's not general intelligence.

Which Toys Do Dogs Prefer?

Research shows that dogs get bored quickly with their toys, so new is always better — although there are exceptions.

Four Levels of Lucid Dreaming

Knowing that you are dreaming is the first step to lucid dreaming but there are at least four levels of lucid dreaming. How do you get there?

Is "Retroprognosis" a Word?

By Kaja Perina on February 01, 2016 Brainstorm
The snapshot depicted two boys years before tragedy struck; as such it was a momentary portal to an alternate reality in which the Unabomber never came into being.

The Naturalistic Decision-Making Approach

The Naturalistic Decision-Making (NDM) movement started in 1989. It has radically changed our views of decision-making, sense-making, planning, uncertainty management, and insight.

Do You Make Good Decisions?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 31, 2016 Talking Apes
Intuitions lead to “good enough” decisions in most everyday situations, but they can lead us astray when the stakes are high.

Say Yes to Happiness and No to Depression

Has life taken on never-ending gray skies? Find out how to get the sun to shine.

Einstein's Creative Thinking and Relativity

Albert Einstein's creation of the General Theory of Relativity is still operative today. His initial conception consisted of the creative cognition, the janusian process.

Positive Attitudes About Aging May Be a "Fountain of Youth"

A new study on aging found that "attitude is everything" in terms of staying young, or aging prematurely. Positive self-perceptions about getting older may slow the aging process.

The Unshakeable Power of Rumor

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Mental Mishaps
Have you heard the latest? When we hear rumors, we make guesses and draw conclusions. But can we correct our mistaken beliefs when we receive more accurate information?

8 Habits of Highly Lucky People

Lucky at love? Is it the luck of the Irish, the lucky duck, the rabbit's foot (wasn't too lucky for the rabbit), or divine inspiration. What do lucky people do differently?

An Open Religious Market

Religions in America must adapt to changing conditions in order to survive in a competitive marketplace.

Creating an Exercise Health Habit

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 Black Belt Brain
What's the shortest commitment you need to create a positive health habit? It's less and more than you think.

How Images Can Fire Up Your Writing Brain

By Susan Reynolds on January 25, 2016 Prime Your Gray Cells
Stimulation prepping via images lights up the specific neuronal network focused on your particular writing project and fuels imagination and creativity.

Thinking About Thinking

By James Doty M.D. on January 25, 2016 The Magic Shop
My first mantra.

Resistance is Futile

By Drew Boyd on January 25, 2016 Inside the Box
Innovation and resistance cannot be separated. In a real sense, they help define each other. Creative types need a way to overcome it.

Does the Internet Promote Delusional Thinking?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on January 25, 2016 Psych Unseen
With biased brains operating in online echo chambers and filter bubbles, normal people increasingly hold beliefs with delusional qualities.

Consciousness and Dreams

Every day we sleep, but not every sleep has memorable dreams. When we do recall our dreams, they can be mundane or surreal and nonsensical. Is there a reason for having dreams?