Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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Hal McDonald Ph.D.
A recent study shows that consuming caffeine increases entropy, or disorder, in your brain, and that's not a bad thing.
A recent study demonstrates that listening to melodies can modulate the way our brains process visual information.
New research shows that a positive outlook on the future creates positive memories to look back on when the future becomes the past.
Savoring a present experience may support emotion regulation by creating nostalgic memories for us to enjoy in the future.
Even before they can talk, infants are capable of using logical reasoning to form and test hypotheses about uncertain future events.
A recent study suggests that commitment to long-term romantic relationships is more about the brain than the heart.
Recent brain imaging studies have revealed that distinguishing between truth, deceit, and irony requires the activation of distinct neural networks.
A recent study suggests that a strong emotional response to sad music is associated with high empathy.
Imagining multiple versions of our future can prepare us to cope with it when it arrives—and improve our mood while we're waiting.
A chance encounter with a forgotten song from one’s forgotten past contains three key ingredients for a positively potent—and potently positive—memory experience.
Nostalgia is an aesthetic form of memory, and our relation to our nostalgic memories is much like that of a painter to a work of art.
A recent neuroimaging study demonstrates that the different types of voice information contained in the sentences we speak and hear are processed through different neural pathways.
It's a well-known, unfortunate fact of life that some of our memory functions decline as we age, but recent studies suggest there may be a silver lining to that gray cloud.
How negative emotions can improve your memory.
What Waffle House hash browns can teach us about the origins of human consciousness.
Recent studies confirm that in matters of personal motivation and satisfaction, it’s not whether you win or lose; it's how hard you have to play the game.
A recent study shows that a perennial pet peeve of English teachers actually serves a useful psychological function.
A recent study suggests that imagining what might have been in the past can help you prepare for what might be in the future.
New research suggests that shifting the visual perspective of our autobiographical memories can shape and potentially restructure how we remember.
Recent neuroimaging research shows that two distinct, often antagonistic brain networks cooperate to produce creative thinking.
Nostalgia is by definition a backward looking emotional experience, but new research suggests that one form of nostalgia involves looking forward in order to look back.
Recent studies on memory explain why spontaneous involuntary memories of our past are more vivid and emotionally intense than the memories we access intentionally.
In 1992, Bill Clinton said to a protester at a campaign rally, "I feel your pain." New research indicates that the now famous expression might not just be a figure of speech.
Recent research indicates that our brain's susceptibility to false memories of the past may actually come in handy in our encounters with unfamiliar situations in the future.
People often justify procrastination by claiming that they "work better under pressure." New research indicates that, in some kinds of tasks, there may be some truth to that claim.
The next time you’re trying to concentrate and find your mind wandering off task, you might just want to let it go. New research suggests it may be helping you achieve your goals.
Have you ever had a vivid memory that turned out to be false? New research suggests that false memories may actually be associated with a number of positive psychological traits.
It’s a well-known fact of life that “you can’t go home again,” and it’s how we deal with that realization that determines the emotional quality of our memories.
Is semantic ignorance olfactory bliss? Familiar smells can evoke powerful memories, but they pack a particularly powerful punch when we don't know where they're coming from.
Walt Whitman once asked, “Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?” Research on the neural networks involved in metaphor processing justifies that feeling of pride.
Hal McDonald, Ph.D., a professor of literature and linguistics at Mars Hill University, is the author of the medical mystery The Anatomists.