Brain Health

Wired: Huge Paintings Created with Just Brain Waves

China has a fraught relationship to the disabled-modern notions of political correctness or equal access are still new to the Middle Kingdom. Chinese artist Jody Xiong, along with the global paint and art supplies brand Winsor & Newton, wanted to raise awareness to this issue, and “show that the capacity of the human spirit is […]

New York Magazine: Don’t Waste Your Two Most Productive Hours

Each morning, we get a brief window of time during which we’re most mentally capable of getting stuff done, said behavioral scientist Dan Ariely in a recent Ask Me Anything on Reddit. And yet most of us waste that time. Generally speaking, Ariely said, the two hours after we become fully awake are, potentially, our […]

Medical Xpress: People Show ‘Blind Insight’ Into Decision Making Performance

People can gauge the accuracy of their decisions, even if their decision making performance itself is no better than chance, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In the study, people who showed chance-level decision making still reported greater confidence about decisions that turned out […]

BrainFacts: Unlocking Creativity in the Brain

In 1995, computer animation visionary Ed Catmull and a team of highly creative individuals at Pixar Animation Studios did something remarkable; they produced Toy Story, the world’s first full-length computer-animated film. The movie thrilled audiences and pushed the boundaries of creativity in film and technology to new limits, completely revolutionizing the industry. Almost 20 years and five Academy […]

Fast Company: What Happens To Your Brain When You’re Having A Brilliant Idea

French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin famously once said, “I shut my eyes in order to see,” meaning he shut out the rest of the world to come up with great ideas. More than a century later, scientists are able to prove Gauguin was onto something. In the 1990s, cognitive scientists John Kounios and Mark Beeman started studying the insightful moment […]

Live Science: Bilingual People Are Like Brain ‘Bodybuilders’

People who speak two languages may have brains that are more efficient at language processing and other tasks, new research suggests. Scientists have long assumed that the “bilingualism advantage” — the enhanced ability to filter out important information among nonimportant material — stems from how bilingual people process language. The new study confirms that assumption, […]

The New York Times: Learning How Little We Know About the Brain

Research on the brain is surging. The United States and the European Union have launched new programs to better understand the brain. Scientists are mapping parts of mouse, fly and human brains at different levels of magnification. Technology for recording brain activity has been improving at a revolutionary pace. The National Institutes of Health, which […]

The Fiscal Times: Why a “Walkable” City Is Good for Your Mental Health

It’s well known that living in an easy-to-walk community can improve your health. A new study from the University of Kansas has found that walkable neighborhoods also encourage cognition such as better memory in older adults. “The investigation shows neighborhoods that motivate walking can stave off cognitive decline in older adults,” according to a press […] Multitasking Is Not Only Ineffective, But It Might Also Damage Your Brain

Most of the time, multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking, but in reality you’re actually wasting time switching from one task to another. So many people — especially millennials — believe multitasking is a skill they have perfected and will proudly proclaim how much more effective they are because of it. Sadly, […]