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Is Free Will A Magic Trick?

Melissa Burkley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
Melissa Burkley, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgExternal forces whittle down our choices in unconscious ways; tricking us into thinking we have more free will than we really do

WATCH: Keep A Close Eye On What This Master Thief Does Next

TEDTalks | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

apollo robbinsWhat can a pickpocket teach us about the art of getting people's attention? A lot - if you can keep up with him. Watch expert thief Apollo Robbins in action and see if you can figure out how he does it.

How Smartphones Behave Like Children

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Technology
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

We all know that kids like smartphones. But in some important ways, smartphones are like kids.

The Only Advice You'll Need To Start Meditating

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

Meditation isn't a one-size-fits-all kinda thing. I always recommend that you start somewhat loose. Commit without overcommitting or feeling like to you have to force it.

Mindfulness for Fathers: Giving Your Child Secret Space

Matthew Remski | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents
Matthew Remski

Our son Jacob is thirteen months. From dawn till dusk he treads the threshold between the togetherness we share with him and the secret space he is beginning to find in himself. At this age -- all ages pass so quickly! -- the contrast between the two is most visible in his relationship to books.

Be Impeccable When You Speak and Your Children Will Be, Too

Maureen Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

Learning how to speak well won't guarantee your little pumpkin will get into an elite college or land a great job when he graduates. But I can't think of a single thing in life that's made more difficult by effective communication.

Why We Should Stop Doing So Many Things At Once

Michael Taft | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Taft

The antidote to doing too many things at once, is of course, to only do one thing at a time. That's the most basic definition of concentration: doing one thing at a time.

The Four Basic Moves to Strengthen Focus

Daniel Goleman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goleman

The more focused we are, the more successful we can be at whatever we do. And, conversely, the more distracted, the less well we do. This applies across the board: sports, school, career.

How to Avoid Battles Over Homework

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

More often than not, battles over homework lead to vicious cycles of nagging by parents and avoidance or refusal by children, with no improvement in a child's school performance -- and certainly no progress toward what should be our ultimate goals.

How Giving Your Undivided Attention Reduces Stress

meQuilibrium | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

Giving much-needed, nonjudgmental advice can be transforming -- but one of the simplest and most powerful things you can do for another person is simply to listen.

3 Ways to Be More Efficient

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

Why are you driven? If you have a packed schedule, why? What is important to you in your life? Reflect, breathe and be honest with yourself. This is your life we are talking about.

How To Actually Be A Good Listener

Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living

By Laura McMullen for U.S. News What's more frustrating than speaking without being heard? We've all been there: confiding in a friend as she paws ...

What The Brain Does When Remembering To Remember

Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living

Have you ever forgotten about an appointment? After making the appointment, you probably told yourself that you had to remember to go -- but when the ...

Bill Clinton Has A Superpower, And Mastering It Can Make You Successful Beyond Belief

Posted 08.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Bill Clinton knows how to win friends and influence people. The former president is a master of reinvention -- does anyone even remember that mini-sca...

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?

Familiar Sequences Attract Attention

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science
Art Markman, Ph.D.

You are constantly making decisions about where to focus your attention. The world is a busy place, and you have to figure out what information is likely to be most important.

A Good Meal: The Science of Savoring

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

It may be that combining eating with mental work -- even something as mindless as watching reruns -- diminishes the taste of food. With our attention focused elsewhere, the mind becomes less sensitive to tastes like saltiness and sweetness.

New Research Says Mindful-Multitasking Leads to More Focus and Calm

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Part of the reason multitasking may lead to poorer cognitive performance is that stress can quickly get to a point where we experience diminishing returns.

Attention and Stress at Work During Boston's Tragedy

Judy Martin | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Martin

We are human beings at work. Sometimes delicate times call for a slight reminder. Managing one's intake of information under such circumstances is directly related to what I call the new APR in the workplace: the attention, productivity and resilience of talent.

Autopilot Leadership: The Need to Pay Attention

Janice L. Marturano | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business
Janice L. Marturano

It may seem obvious but saying that it is important to pay attention and actually paying attention are two very different things. We need everyone, including our leaders, to stop the autopilot mode and to begin to train the mind's capabilities to pay attention.

Letting Life Live Through Us

Tara Brach | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Everything is alive; the whole world lives inside us. As we let life live through us, we experience the boundless openness of our true nature.

A Positive Take On Making Mistakes

Mike Robbins | Posted 01.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

While mistakes aren't a huge issue in my life, I actually spend and waste a lot of time worrying about making mistakes, and also find myself being unnecessarily critical of those around me when they make mistakes (both overtly and covertly).

The Holy and the Plain

Maggie Lyon | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

We are so often cut off, bewildered by, and stranded from spirit in our suffering-prone, rampant minds, that coming to experience spirit out in the world is at first more accessible than experiencing it inside.

How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Work

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 02.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

Pausing is an introductory mindfulness practice, but it offers a feasible and practical technique with which to start. Over time, training attention and awareness enhance cognitive functioning and contribute to emotional balance.

LISTEN: New M.I.A. Track Leaks (Sort Of)

Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment

M.I.A. has somewhat unintentionally premiered a new song. M.I.A. emailed the song "atTENTion" to a fan after she was repeatedly asked for new material...