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Why Some People Are Better At Drawing Than Others

Posted 06.25.2012 | Science

Since the dawn of human art-making, the divide has been clear: There are people who can effortlessly sketch an object's likeness, and people who...

Neuroethics: Whose Mind Is It Anyway?

Matthew D. Erlich, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2012 | Science
Matthew D. Erlich, M.D.

Reading a person's thoughts, implanting machinery into man, and augmenting our neural processing powers with cognitive enhancers are all matters of neuroethics. They bring us face to face with questions about who has access to powerful new technologies and for what purposes.

WATCH: Creepy Robot Has Human-Like 'Bones, Joints, Tendons'

Posted 04.18.2012 | Science

We may not be able to build a human-like replicant just yet, but robotics engineers have managed to create a machine man that's far more realistic tha...

The Psychology of Whew!

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.10.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Despite its familiarity, we don't really know much about its nature or purpose. How does relief function in the human mind? What benefit could this pervasive emotion have in navigating life?

Are We Putting the (Knowledge) Cart Before the (Emotional) Horse?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

In school reform, we dramatically overvalue the importance of academic learning, and assume that merely focusing on better curricula and clearer standards will carry the day. Yet the research suggests otherwise.

Neurotechnology: Science Fiction or Applied Science?

Matthew D. Erlich, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2012 | Science
Matthew D. Erlich, M.D.

As science makes a reality of what has been science fiction, we will face questions of how to best apply neurotechnologies. Should they be limited to helping those who have illnesses? Or should they bolster the performance of a wartime soldier, enable a C student to get As, or supercharge CEOs?

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Fear Can Help You Appreciate Abstract Art: Study | Amy Lee | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home

The next time you're having trouble appreciating Jackson Pollock, try seeing a horror movie first. According to a new study, feeling fear may actua...

WATCH: Brain Scanner Contest Shows "Hardest" Lover

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.16.2012 | Science

All's fair in love and war? Maybe. But the seven intrepid souls who participated in what's being called the "first annual love competition" all agreed...

Are Business Meetings Making You Dumb?

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 02.08.2012 | Small Business

Group settings, such as business meetings, can actually diminish intelligence, according to a new study from Virginia Tech's Carilion School of Medic...

Research Shows Acceptance of Evolution Requires a Gut Feeling

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 03.26.2012 | Science
Brandon G. Withrow

Researchers studying pre-service biology teachers at two South Korean universities, all with an adequate understanding of the science behind evolution, discovered that facts had to correspond to one's gut feeling for the theory to be accepted.

The Three Horsemen of Arts Education

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Nick Rabkin

If more education policymakers begin to recognize the poor returns that school reform has brought, we may, even in this time of deep economic strain, see a new openness to the arts in our schools.

We're Asking All the Wrong Questions

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.14.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

The quality of the answers one gets is dependent on the quality of the questions one asks. In education policy and practice, we are almost always asking the wrong questions.

Why Multitasking Makes Us Stupid

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Margaret Heffernan

According to recent research by State Farm, twenty percent of drivers are now accessing the Internet while driving. This is just the latest example of...

Brainscape Taps Into the Greatest App of All: Your Brain

An Xiao Mina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
An Xiao Mina

Until we find a way to plug in a USB port into our our bodies, an app like Brainscape brings us back to that most ancient, powerful and readily-available app of all: the human brain.

Racing to the Top of the Cliff (and Beyond)

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Steve Nelson

Will we ever learn? The latest evidence that the "Race to the Top" program leads over the edge of a cliff comes courtesy of the depressing results rep...

SLIDESHOW: Art And Creativity In The Lab: Seven Amazing TED Talks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

In the last couple of decades, the market for oversimplifying creativity has exploded. No executive seminar is complete without a presentation on "Man...

Neuroscience, Meet Conceptual Art

Carl Schoonover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carl Schoonover

In making the case for the raw aesthetic appeal of neuroscience data, I focus on the powerful ideas that have given us this striking visual vocabulary.

What the Pundits Missed

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

The usual pundits, for all their verbiage, have missed a lot, especially since they have nobody from the cognitive and brain sciences discussing the election. Here's part of what's been missing from the discussion.

Science, Religion, and Sustainability: Lessons from My Grandfather

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Shireman

A Public Display of Extraordinary Ignorance, Unsupported Speculation, and Surprising Naïveté by Bill Shireman When I was about eight, and painful...

What's Right with America? Let Me List the Books

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

I became the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction [or 32/216 overall including movies, software, and fiction) quite by accident, loading 300 reviews fr...

The Moral Landscape: Thinking About Human Values in Universal Terms

Sam Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Sam Harris

If there are more and less effective ways for us to seek happiness and to avoid misery in this world -- and there clearly are -- then there are right and wrong answers to questions of morality.

Can You Change Your Mind by Changing Your Sensations?

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Dr. John A. Bargh of Yale has shown our mind is constantly being shaped by the things we encounter in the physical world, right down to the hardness of our chair.

A New Psychological Method: Metaphor Therapy

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Many healing traditions make use of jars--variously called God jars, or worry jars. The idea is that you can literally compartmentalize your troubles, and thus take away their emotional power.

Why Religion Is Not Delusion

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Religious delusion is out there, but recognizing it requires us to give up the simple-minded broad-brush approach.

Chimpanzees Prefer Fair Play To Reaping An Unjust Reward

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eric Michael Johnson

Fairness is the basis of the social contract. As citizens we expect that when we contribute our fair share we should receive our just reward. When s...