Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Literature, neuroscience, and the constructive brain.
Hal McDonald Ph.D.
Research suggests that nostalgia can help us cope with the emotional stresses that troubled times can inflict on us.
New research suggests that, contrary to popular opinion, failure may actually undermine rather than promote learning.
The simple act of saying “thank you” may make us prey for the powerful by robbing us of our will to protest injustice, recent research finds.
Looking back on our childhood can help us live more fully in the present moment.
A new study reveals that a coin toss can speed up our decision-making process by reducing our need for information.
Memories of meaningful experiences from our past can help us deal with anxiety over troubled times ahead.
New research suggests that reading and writing about coffee may affect how we think.
Research indicates that as we age, retrieving past memories becomes less voluntary. Instead, we become more dependent on external cues such as smells and sounds.
Attempts to resurrect old TV shows and movies often flop because they appeal to the wrong kind of nostalgia.
A new study suggests that creativity means soaring while we're still attached to the ground.
New research suggests that backward motion, whether real, virtual, or imaginary, can improve our recall of the recent past.
While multitasking is a demonstrably inefficient way of getting things done, the illusion that we are multitasking can actually improve rather than impede our efficiency.
New research suggests that the brain’s hippocampus acts like a movie director to transform the minutes that we live through into the moments we remember.
A recent study suggests that social media “likes” are just as rewarding to give as to receive.
Acting out figurative expressions of creativity can literally make us more creative.
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.
Hal McDonald, Ph.D., a professor of literature and linguistics at Mars Hill University, is the author of the medical mystery The Anatomists.