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Cognitive Science

Flex Your Cortex: 7 Secrets to Turbocharge Your Brain

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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.

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 | Home
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 | Home
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.