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Addicted to Online Video Games? Don't Worry, You're Far From Alone

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

You may have heard about the cognitive benefits of video game playing for middle-aged and older adults.

Relationships in 2014: Ours Is A Society That Could Use a Hug

Robert Hall | Posted 03.24.2014 | Weddings
Robert Hall

Distrusted, disengaged, lonely -- it is what you would expect from a society increasingly going it alone.

What James Franco Taught Me About Selfies as a Tool for Self-Actualization

Schuyler Brown | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Schuyler Brown

Perhaps, I thought, the fact that we live our lives in public now is not just a quirk of social media, but a chance for us to step into the limelight, to push ourselves beyond our own comfort zones.

The Sneaky Trap That's Hurting Your Decision-Making

Francesca Gino | Posted 02.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Francesca Gino

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOur thinking is hindered by an overly narrow focus on the problem at hand. The result? We miss information that could help us make better decisions.

Our Powerful And Fragile Attention

Linda Stone | Posted 02.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Stone

What if I told you that the way we are talking about attention is part of the problem? Our conversation about distraction, multitasking, and the stern command to focus, actually creates a level of stress, anxiety, and shame.

Paying Attention In Digital Times

Daniel Herwitz | Posted 02.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Daniel Herwitz

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLost in distraction, we exist on autopilot and habit. Paying attention creates an opportunity for change.

If You Could Control Someone's Attention, What Would You Do With It?

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
Mark Bertin, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLost in distraction, we exist on autopilot and habit. Paying attention creates an opportunity for change.

Yoga And The Brain: How To Be Attentive Through Spirituality

Elena Brower | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
Elena Brower

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAnd in our experience of a lazy brain, somehow it all seems as though it's 'happening' to us, rather than an inner state we've (subconsciously) created. Time to train our brains, by educating the guards at the gates.

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.