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What Can We Share on a Mind-Melding Social Network?

We’re still in the early days of brain science. The most complex thing in the universe still constantly surprises and confuses us. But, that won’t stop us from connecting them. I know that because we already have. While the signals being sent back and forth are rudimentary words such as “hola,” we all know how…

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The Digital Haze

The line between remembering and forgetting is hazy. We struggle with things on the tips of our tongues, know we have seen someone before but can’t remember where, sometimes we even claim to remember something our brain has totally made up. There are many things stored within our memory that we are unaware of. We only…

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Is Your To-Do List Corrupting Your Mind?

“To attain the lofty heights of our society, one must possess nearly-psychotic focus. This focus comes at the cognitive expense of being able to see novel relationships among unrelated concepts.” —Andrew Smart, Autopilot We’ve been imbued with a notion that if we’re not doing something, and doing it in the most efficient way possible, we’re…

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How Our Reliance on Patterns Governs Our Lives

Read over this list of words once, and try to read them reasonably quickly, you’ll be tested on them later: Snow, Ice, Weather, Sun, Rain, Water, Rainbow, Tree, Summer, Cloud, Sky So much of our lives rest on our ability to find and anticipate patterns. Patterns drive the majority of our behavior. Our habits are…

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Chunking: Is This The Secret to Our Powerful Minds?

I’d like to put your mind to the test. Try adding 1 to each of these numbers individually: 4826. It’s not too difficult. The result is 5937. Now, when we get to 9, adding 1 makes it 0. So the next number will become 6048. Your challenge is to continue adding 1 to this series of numbers,…

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Brain Training—Apps Don’t Work, Here’s What Does

For serval years now brain training applications for smartphones and computers have claimed to improve our mental abilities. The purported benefits include a better working memory, improved problem solving abilities, and greater focus. What research has found, however, is that these games really don’t do that much. They might be enjoyable, but in terms of…

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