Psychology

Why Shocking Images Stick in Short-Term Memory

Why Shocking Images Stick in Short-Term Memory Clara Moskowitz / LiveScience Staff Writer Thu Aug 7, 2008 2:05 PM ET You’d probably remember seeing a man with pink hair more than you could recall the guy walking next to him with brown hair. That’s because our brains best remember attention-grabbing images, according to a... »

The Mirror Neuron Revolution: Explaining What Makes Humans Social

The Mirror Neuron Revolution: Explaining What Makes Humans Social

The Mirror Neuron Revolution: Explaining What Makes Humans Social Neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni discusses mirror neurons, autism and the potentially damaging effects of violent movies. Marco Iacoboni, a neuroscientist at the University of California at Los Angeles, is best known for his work on mirror neurons, a small circuit of cells in the premotor cortex... »

Making Decisions Tires Your Brain

Making Decisions Tires Your Brain

How Making Decisions Tires Your Brain The brain is like a muscle: when it gets depleted, it becomes less effective. By On Amir / Scientific American July 22, 2008 The human mind is a remarkable device. Nevertheless, it is not without limits. Recently, a growing body of research has focused on a particular mental limitation,... »

Sexy People Sound Better

Sexy People Sound Better

Sexy People Sound Better Greg Soltis / LiveScience Staff Wed Jul 16, 8:51 AM ET People with voices deemed sexy and attractive tend to have greater body symmetry upon close inspection, suggesting that what we hear in a person can greatly affect what we see in them. "The sound of a person’s voice reveals... »

Sarcasm Seen as Evolutionary Survival Skill

Sarcasm Seen as Evolutionary Survival Skill

Sarcasm Seen as Evolutionary Survival Skill Meredith F. Small / LiveScience’s Human Nature Columnist Fri Jun 20, 9:45 AM ET Humans are fundamentally social animals. Our social nature means that we interact with each other in positive, friendly ways, and it also means we know how to manipulate others in a very negative way.... »

Empathy Is ‘Hard-Wired’ in Children’s Brains

Empathy Is ‘Hard-Wired’ in Children’s Brains

Empathy Is ‘Hard-Wired’ in Children’s Brains July 16, 2008 WEDNESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) — Empathy comes naturally to children, a new report shows. Using functional MRI scans on normal kids aged 7 to 12, researchers found the parts of the children’s brains that were activated when shown pictures of people in pain, according... »

Pressures of growing up ‘are damaging girls’

Pressures of growing up ‘are damaging girls’

Pressures of growing up ‘are damaging girls’ By Joe Sinclair / The Independent Monday, 14 July 2008 Girls as young as 10 are suffering stress, anxiety and unhappiness as they struggle to cope with the pressures of growing up, according to research published today. Dr Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation,... »

How Your Brain Can Control Time

How Your Brain Can Control Time

How Your Brain Can Control Time The three methods your mind uses to reverse, speed, and even slow the minutes. by Carl Zimmer / Discovery 07.12.2008 Whenever I lose my watch, I take my sweet time to get a new one. I savor the freedom from my compulsion to carve my days into minute-size... »

May We Have Your Attention, Please?

May We Have Your Attention, Please? With the workplace ever more full of distractions, researchers are developing tools to keep us on task BussinessWeek June 12, 2008, 5:00PM EST It’s official: The average knowledge worker has the attention span of a sparrow. Roughly once every three minutes, typical cubicle dwellers set aside whatever they’re... »

How to Unleash Your Creativity

How to Unleash Your Creativity Experts discuss tips and tricks to let loose your inner ingenuity By Mariette DiChristina / Scientific American Mind May 29, 2008 In a discussion with Scientific American Mind executive editor Mariette DiChristina, three noted experts on creativity, each with a very different perspective and background, reveal powerful ways to unleash... »

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