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What Are Dreams?

Quora | Posted 06.23.2015 | Science
Quora

Are dreams a doorway into another realm? Our subconscious mind trying to send us messages? Or an artifact of nighttime brain activity? Recent developments in neuroscience shed light onto why we dream and where the content of dreams comes from.

'We See With Our Brains, Not With Our Eyes'

Medium | Christopher Nguyen | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

“Science often follows technology, because inventions give us new ways to think about the world and new phenomena in need of explanation.” Or s...

What Is the Science Behind Hypnosis?

Quora | Posted 06.03.2015 | Science
Quora

Hypnosis is a real phenomenon, and even animals can be hypnotized. But what hypnotism is, exactly, remains unclear. In a remarkable experiment reported in the New York Times [1], subjects were given the post-hypnotic suggestion that they would see words that would appear incomprehensible as if in a foreign language.

What Is the Scientific Answer to "Why Do Living Things Die?"

Quora | Posted 05.27.2015 | Science
Quora

It's not that living things die; it's that multicellular organisms die. But why? Every single-celled organism alive today has been in existence since life began over 3 billion years ago. This is because individual cells do not give birth, they divide. After cell division, the two cells that result are each as old as the single cell that preceded them.

The Cognitive and Toxic Ecology of Impoverished Neighborhoods

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Jonathan F.P. Rose

The riots in Baltimore revealed how deep the rifts are between prosperous and poor neighborhoods in most American cities. Is the American Dream large enough so that every one of its children has the opportunity to live in a safe, affordable home?

Blue and Black or White and Gold? A Neuroscientist Tackles the Viral Dress Phenomenon

Quora | Posted 05.11.2015 | Science
Quora

This illusion is pretty fascinating. It might actually point the way to a new discovery. The color constancy effect has been known for a long time, and there are many illusions around that show (to the same viewer) how a colored surface can appear to be one hue or another depending on the circumstances.

Getting Women Into Science-Filled Rooms

Roberta Klatzky | Posted 06.20.2015 | Science
Roberta Klatzky

The pattern is systematic enough, however, to belie attribution to the vagaries of chance, even taking into account the fact that men considerably out-number women in senior positions in cognitive science.

Does Internet Usage Rewire the Human Brain?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Suren Ramasubbu

The anxiety around technology and Internet has provoked intense debate on its effects on the biology of the brain. ''Neuroplasticity'' has been a powerful word in arguments both for and against the effect of technology on the brain.

What's Science Got to Do With Teaching and Learning?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

For decades, cognitive scientists slowly accrued a solid understanding of how people learn but never bothered to tell teachers and students what they had found. It is as if, says author Benedict Carey, "doctors had discovered a cure for diabetes and spent 50 years characterizing its molecular structure before giving it to a patient." He is attempting to rectify that.

Reading as Construction in Humans and Machines -- Part I: Humans

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 04.12.2015 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

Do stories exist only in our heads? Put the question another way: Is it possible that the "overt story" -- the surface text physically presented to us, whether on parchment or computer screen -- is really only a string of cues intended to guide the reader in reconstructing the full narrative?

Math: The Next Revolution in Black Achievement

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

If our nation's success depends on more graduates with STEM degrees, math must be the next revolution in black student achievement.

Flex Your Cortex: 7 Secrets to Turbocharge Your Brain

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

You might be surprised at how much of the 7-Secret advice is counter to how people live and work. In truth, the frenetic, distracted way we live in 21st century America is not conducive to good brain health or performance.

Here's How Study Breaks Boost Learning

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.24.2014 | Science

Students in school are rarely given opportunities to rest and reflect on the knowledge they've acquired, but a new study suggests that giving the mind...

Ferguson's Justice Quagmire

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 12.20.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

This may be one of those cases, which we as prosecutors see all the time, in which we know in our gut that someone is guilty, but we can't prove it beyond all reasonable doubt.

Why Don't We Remember Our Infant and Toddler Days?

Quora | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Quora

One view on early memory is that in order to record an autobiographical narrative of one's life -- "episodic memory" -- one first needs a stable conceptual structure with which to represent the narrative.

Do We All See the Same Colors?

Quora | Posted 11.17.2014 | Science
Quora

Color perception is a favorite topic of philosophers who like to ask: What if your color spectrum was completely inverted from someone else's? Would you be able to tell?

Your Brain May Start Slowing Down As Young As Age 24

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living

The wheels in your head might start slowing down at about age 24. That's according to a new study that says cognitive-motor skills begin to declin...

Book Review: Trying Not to Try

David Vognar | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
David Vognar

In his new book Trying Not to Try, the University of British Columbia Asian Studies and Embodied Cognition professor Edward Slingerland treats us to a work of seminal importance.

Can We Study Religion Scientifically?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Tim Maness, who grew up as both as a 'science nerd' and devoutly religious, found that being on both sides of the religious and scientific worlds helped him understand complexities of each.

5 Things That Weight Maintainers Do That You Don't (And How to Fix It)

Alejandra Ruani | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Alejandra Ruani

Long-term maintainers may continue with some behaviors that helped them lose weight, but not all. Maintaining needs to feel easy and not as hard as losing. In order to achieve this, you need to focus on something called "habit forming."

Cognitive Analytics: Kevin Greaney With Innovation Assessment Saves Great Minds From Bad Testing

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Have you recently completed a pre-employment assessment? One of the typical Myers Briggs or DiSC tests where you were identified as an 'extrovert' or 'ISTJ' or 'achiever?' If so, you are part of the 33 million people who endured workforce evaluations last year.

More Light, Less Heat -- Rabbis Josh Ratner and Fred Hyman

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Both religion and psychology try to help us understand who we are and why we act the way we do. Indeed, that interaction helps foster a more construct...

Prayer Study Reveals Benefits For Believers, Atheists Alike

| Piercarlo Valdesolo | Posted 12.26.2013 | Science

The religious find strength through God; this we know. But a new study conducted by Prof. Malt Friese and Michaela Wanke suggests that even non-believ...

Narrative and the Future of the Social Sciences

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.04.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The power of anthropology and the social sciences is found, at least for me, in the narratives we put forward about the social conditions of people living in the world. In the social sciences, the books with legs are those that create a connection between writers and a diverse audience of readers.

Tapping Into the Creative Potential of Our Elders

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Instead of recognizing the value of the creative potential, wisdom and experiences that senior citizens can share with their respective communities, we are treating them as if they were merely a financial liability.