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Cognitive Science

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.

Can You Recondition Your Brain to Stop Overeating?

Alejandra Ruani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Alejandra Ruani

The compulsion overtakes your brain and pretty much shuts down your rational reasoning. The key in here is to "wake up," engage your conscious brain, and "observe" your primitive brain and the trouble it's getting you into.

Learn It Or Lose It: How Learning Keeps Your Brain Young

Posted 10.21.2013 | Fifty

Henry Ford was onto something. "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young," Ford said, and ...

How Parents Valuing Education Can Help Students at Home

Chuck Cohn | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
Chuck Cohn

There are many methods to demonstrate to your children that you care about their education and to help ensure that they also value it even after they leave the house.

The Social Networks of Dreaming

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.03.2013 | Technology
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Despite their occasionally strange and otherworldly content, people's dreams offer a surprisingly accurate source of information about their most important emotional concerns in waking life, including their relationships with other people.

Why Do We Feel Compelled To Pinch The Cheeks Of Babies?

Oriana Aragón | Posted 10.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Oriana Aragón

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIn my research, I have spent some time recording how some of us, nearly two-thirds of us humans will pinch, squeeze, and sometimes even bite cute little creatures. For the most part these reactions are playful. They appear to be specific to cuteness. They appear to span the globe.

WATCH: The Surprising Reason We Find Babies Cute

Dan Dennett | Posted 10.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Dan Dennett

2013-08-01-dennetpull.jpgIt is a mistake to think that first there was sweetness, sexiness, and cuteness, and then we evolved to love these properties. That's just about backwards

ADF 2: The Cognitive Scientist in Residence - Dance and Memory

Lightsey Darst | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Lightsey Darst

"I'm interested in how the mind works," Dr. Ruth Day says. She has the enviable title of ADF Cognitive Scientist in Residence -- which makes her, so far as she knows, the only cognitive scientist in residence at any dance festival.

Smart Pills and Neuroenhancement: Is It Fair?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Prescribing neuroenhancers is outside the area of medicine that is considered obligatory for a physician, so under what circumstances should it be considered unethical or unacceptable?

REVEALED: Surprising Cause Of Itching

natureheader | Posted 05.27.2013 | Science

By Chris Palmer Once thought to be a low-level form of pain, itch is instead a distinct sensation with a dedicated neural circuit linking cells in th...

Bizarre Brain Technique Shown To Boost Math Skills

| Posted 05.17.2013 | Science

By Emily Underwood If you are one of the 20% of healthy adults who struggle with basic arithmetic, simple tasks like splitting the dinner bill can...

The Digital Revolution Is Over... Or Not

Oren Frank | Posted 05.21.2013 | Technology
Oren Frank

Enough with your "Digital revolution, ever-changing technology world." There's nothing new under our digital skies.

Can A Tragedy Be The Best Thing That Ever Happened To You?

Douglas C. Johnson | Posted 03.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Douglas C. Johnson

We know that suffering is amplified when we don't see it coming, when we don't have any control over it, and when it's something we've never had to deal with before. All of which makes Stacey Kramer, and those who respond to suffering like she has, even more remarkable.

Deliberative Democracy Outreasons Enlightened Dictatorship

David Moshman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
David Moshman

A recently published study compared tiny democracies to tiny dictatorships. The democracies, on average, were more rational.

'Liberal War' Debunked

Mother Jones | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

In general, I'm no fan of intellectual whack-a-mole....

F.R.E.U.D.: Fetal Reconstructive Emotional Unalienable Deity (Or, Can a Machine Ever Love Us?)

Oren Frank | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Oren Frank

A good therapist will care for us, accept and even love us, in her or his own way, and thus allow us to accept and love ourselves a little more. I don't know if we can ever achieve such a relationship without a human connection.

Retooling Brain-Care With Low-Cost Technology

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 03.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Alvaro Fernandez

If we are to meet a massive and growing need, we'll need to disrupt today's status quo in which research is based on small and fragmented clinical trials, and where active brain care is often left for patients whose problems have grown until it is too difficult to manage them.

What Are Violent Video Games Doing To Us? It's Complicated

Posted 01.18.2013 | Science

For all their popularity, video games -- violent ones in particular -- get a pretty bad rap. They've come under fire for making our kids lazy, insubor...

Critical Thinking: How Long Does it Take?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Far from being some form of esoteric knowledge, critical thinking turns out to be one of the more easy-to-learn and pragmatic skills available to all. Or at least all those willing to put in the reasonable amount of work needed to achieve success.

The Empathy Formula

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.13.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Instead of offering disconnected but well-intentioned efforts to help children think, feel or act, would adults start to help children think, feel and act? Would communities be increasingly populated with people who were neither narcissistic nor emotionally empty?

Why Chocolate Makes You Smarter: It's Proven!

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 12.29.2012 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

People believe studies that confirm their suspicions. So here's a study that I think has to be true, even if the author wrote it a bit facetiously: According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, if you eat a lot of chocolate, you up your chances of getting a Nobel Prize.

50 Shades of Grey Matter: Your Mind on Smut

Benjamin K. Bergen | Posted 12.24.2012 | Science
Benjamin K. Bergen

Just like any narrative language, erotic fiction is transporting. It just happens to transport you into experiencing sights and sounds that are emotionally charged and sexually arousing.