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Guest Blogger: Brain Enhancement

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Guest Blogger: Brain Enhancement

Today, I am excited to present a post from a guest blogger, Jackie Edwards. Jackie is a freelance editor, researcher, and writer with a focus on education, health and well-being. Cerebrum Callisthenics: Exercising Your Memory The brain might not be a muscle, but it sure behaves like one. Performing repetitive exercises, primarily involving your memory, have been shown to enhance your brainpower. Stimulating the brain for mental benefits has been something humans have been aware of in principle for thousands for years. In recent decades, we’ve...

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In-clothed-nito Psychology

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In-clothed-nito Psychology

What a strange power there is in clothing.  — Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel-Prize winner Let me be the first person to tell you that getting a PhD doesn’t mean you’re smart. Here goes: I needed new basketball shoes, and because my dreams of playing for the Portland Trail Blazers is no longer entertained (I just wouldn’t fit in the rotation), I picked up some discount basketball shoes…which resulted in a flap coming loose on the sole into my second hour of use. But, thinking the shoe was just a fluke (and this is where people...

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Self-Driving Cars

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Self-Driving Cars

People are so bad at driving cars that computers don’t have to be that good to be much better. — Marc Andreessen Estimates suggest that 75% of all cars on the road will be self-driving in less than 25 years. And for about half the population, that is a terrifying prospect. When surveyed, about 55% of consumers said they would not consider purchasing a self-driving car, mostly due to fears about malfunctions or even electronic hijacking, i.e., fears regarding a loss of control. Still, although it can be scary to hand the wheel over...

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Free Virtual Reality

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Free Virtual Reality

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. — William Dement I once spent an entire summer training myself how to dream. Well, training myself how to control my dreams. For most, dreaming happens whether you like it or not. But, what if you were able to decide what happened in them? Pull a bazooka on that nightmare villain, or call to mind a friend you hadn’t seen in decades? This is the power of lucid dreaming. DREAM WALKERS Lucid dreaming is the experience of being aware that...

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An Explanation of Happiness

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An Explanation of Happiness

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. — Dalai Lama There are few things in life we pursue as consistently and determinedly as happiness. Heck, “the pursuit of happiness” is inscribed in the US Constitution (i.e., so you know it’s legit). But for as important as we all agree happiness is, the field of psychology hasn’t treated it so. For example, in 1981, there were close to 130 publications on the subject. Of course, over time this has improved, and by 2012, there were close to 12,000 publications.  But...

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The Mind of a Terrorist

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The Mind of a Terrorist

There’s nothing more dangerous in this world than a humiliated man. — Kai Anderson, American Horror Story: Cult It’s hard to turn on the news these days with humans committing more and more extreme acts against one another. Whether that is explicit terrorism or a horrific mass shooting, in response to these events, we often (rightfully) feel anger. Anger, though, is often a “secondary” emotion. That is, we use anger to protect ourselves from or conceal other vulnerable emotions, such as feeling hurt, humiliated, or sometimes, confused....

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What are Guilt and Shame?

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What are Guilt and Shame?

Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation. — Henry Fielding Last night I watched a show where the host (Derren Brown) psychologically manipulated a person into confessing to a murder he had never committed. It was awesome. I mean, sure there are some potential “ethical” issues with a televised “experiment” of that kind. But the show was used as a lesson to demonstrate the ease of forcing false confessions (25% of convicted criminals who are later proven innocent, initially confessed to the crime). As it turns out, in order to make one...

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The ‘Scary’ Smart

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The ‘Scary’ Smart

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see. — Arthur Schopenhour Earlier yesterday, I was speaking with a friend who told me about his friend who was so smart that he went to high school for two weeks, then dropped out because he got bored, and was then accepted at the University of Chicago. Naturally, I had to later Google someone even smarter than this kid to make me feel better about my own intelligence (we academics have fragile egos), and that’s when I found… Tanishq Abraham joined...

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Warm Parent, Cold Parent

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Warm Parent, Cold Parent

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. — Robert Fulghum Parenting is hard—or at least I assume it must be. I mean I’ve never been a parent, but thinking of myself as a child takes little effort to recall moments that must have caused my parents to debate the age restriction on fire station drop-offs. And I was the good child 😉 Now, for nearly all forms of life, an animal’s premier purpose is to raise offspring to continue the genealogy.  So, in today’s blog, let’s explore how this...

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300 Short Conversations

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300 Short Conversations

The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a god-king can bleed. — King Leonidas, 300 On March 19th, 2012, I wrote my very first post for this site, First Foray (though, I’m not linking it here because it’s terrible).  Now, over five years later, I have written my 300th post. Nearly every Wednesday (or hungover Thursday) I wrote something for this site, but what that something is has changed over the years. Matured. Sharpened. Doubled in length...

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