Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Emotion, perception, and other tricks of the brain
Richard E. Cytowic M.D.
Anxiety over circumstances we can’t control can be paralyzing, and a negative mindset intereferes with the ability to make optimal decisions.
Conventional phrases make your availability tastefully clear to careful listeners, keep you from unwanted advances, and open your imagination to "me" becoming "we."
Spending hours in video meetings, many are finding them more exhausting than face-to-face contact. That’s because video chats increase cognitive load and eat up mental capacity.
Zoom and similar apps leave much to be desired in satisfying our need to connect. Even reading does a better job of making us feel connected.
Testing can sort out seasonal allergy from common colds and the coronavirus, but what to do given the lack of tests?
Instead of ruminating, why not have some tools handy to calm yourself and take the focus off negative thoughts?
Life hackers make dubious claims for all sorts of cognitive enhancers. A small number have withstood scrutiny. More evidence-based research lies ahead to repair failing minds.
Daylight Savings Time goes against our natural rhythms, with ill effects—most notably in those with insufficient sleep beforehand.
Social media competes with brain networks for social intelligence. Outdoor learning and self–directed education do wonders to both socialize kids and build resilience.
Misreading the news can lead to hilarious results. Yet in the end, a kernel of truth may be stranger than fiction.
Everybody has someplace to go, even if only with the crowd on the street. Loneliness is conquered by the company of others and by reaching out.
Reading linear stories can heal the effects of heavy screen exposure and digital distractions. It can temper your scattered attention and build up your emotional intelligence.
Video games are blamed for withering attention spans and degraded social skills. But games like Fortnite and Celeste may help build one on one relationships.
In the future, will robots be friend or foe—and who gets to determine the relationship?
Serious questions surround the power of social media to shape self-worth.
Social media has brought smartphone-wielding hoards to once-pristine vistas—along with headaches, environmental ruin, and death. What can be done? How can you reclaim the benefits?
The power of instant gratification is enticing but a harmful blight on your being l. Here's what to do when Social Media becomes your only avenue for personal fulfillment.
Friends are those who do friendly things. The best way to win them is to act like one, yet we soothe loneliness in front of the screen chasing likes. Good company can work wonders.
Leave that messy desk alone! There's a cost to a too-neat workplace. Decluttering gurus say it's easy to decide what to hang onto and what to toss. But no. Here's what you can do.
There are so many stories I would tell you if I could only tell them in their colors. Tint them, shade them, make it so you’d grasp what I remember.
Who knew tomatoes naturally have genes, or that all living things do? Foes of GMOs got this and more wrong.
Smell your way to healthy hair? Researchers are “not far at all” from taking a discovery from lab to clinic for the treatment of male and female pattern baldness.
Ghosts and aliens are real to those who see them, even if their perception is a misinterpretation of an uncommon and unusual experience.
Compulsive viewing and endless screen distractions block our ability to think and simply enjoy life. Here's 5 tips for reducing screen exposure and freeing up your time.
The bacteria in our gut—one’s so-called microbiome—play a huge role in shaping our emotions. The brain in our head is in constant contact with the one in our guts.
Forgetfulness needn't be a harbinger of dementia: Wiping irrelevant facts and memories from our mind readies the brain to remember new and meaningful ones.
A few simple steps can pave the way to consistently refreshing sleep. A tranquil bedroom arranged for the senses, and a consistent routine are the key.
Individuals with autism may be impervious to misleading marketing. Mental differences are often considered weaknesses, but autism may not be entirely a disability.
Perception may be due for a redefinition. Our eyes see, but vision can apparently also hear. Tactile receptors can also taste. We may all have a bit of synesthesia in us.
Locked away inside a silent, dark skull, your brain knows nothing about the physical world except what it constructs from data enter along different cables from various sensors.
Richard E. Cytowic, MD, MFA, professor of neurology at George Washington University, is known for returning synesthesia to mainstream science. Wednesday Is Indigo Blue, with David Eagleman, won the Montaigne Medal.