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Cognitive Science

Book Review: Trying Not to Try

David Vognar | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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 02.19.2014 | 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 | 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...