Why relaxing is so much work.
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Emotion, perception, and other tricks of the brain
Richard E. Cytowic M.D.
The periodic insects are an ecological charm and nothing to fear. Some find them cute; some even tasty. You too can see them as an awesome spectacle of nature rather than ugly pests.
The “Sunshine Protection Act” proposed by senators gets it backwards. Permanent Standard Time, not Daylight Savings, is most in sync with the planet and human biology.
Over 90 percent of diabetics are overweight, and 45 percent of Americans are trying to lose weight at any given time. An old drug now promises to aid significant weight loss.
Do dreams consolidate memories, regulate our moods, or perhaps reveal something hidden about the dreamer? Here is what some famous thinkers and an expert oneirologist have to say.
Compelling theoretical reasons suggest a causal link between heavy screen exposure in early life and the development of autistic-like symptoms later on. More research is needed.
Those eager for a relationship can work themselves into an all-or-nothing frame of mind. They'd do better to learn the art of flirtation. The beauty of it is that it leads nowhere.
Clock change got you down? Go outside and look up. After switching back to Standard Time, morning sunlight exposure can sync many body rhythms.
How much energy does the torrent of texts, alerts, and notifications exact from our brain's finite stock? We live a paradox in which tech both alleviates and worsens social isolation.
Loneliness is a painful emotion, and one that has gotten worse for many during the pandemic.
Politicians who meddle with the clock have pit us against our natural circadian rhythm. Sunlight adjusts the body clock, so go for a morning walk.
Presidents never want to be examined; in the past, we’ve shielded leaders' physical and cognitive illness. Should we insist on seeing President Trump’s brain scan? Stakes are high.
Once freed from self-doubt, you can appreciate others for who they are, not for what you can gain from them.
By reducing the brain’s feel-good chemical, adherents aim to “reset” it to appreciate simpler things. Taking time out to simplify and mentally rejuvenate is never a bad thing.
Focusing on what you can control and not "awfulizing" keeps political theater and media hype from overwhelming you. Feelings happen; how you respond is totally in your control.
Screens don’t teach kids, teachers do, and kids zone out if they know they're not being watched. Once critical learning windows close, important social skills may never develop.
To reckon with inherent loneliness during these fraught times, a video game tries to foster kindness rather than violence and aggression.
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?
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.