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Memory and Recall: 10 Amazing Facts You Should Know. Human memory and recall works nothing like a computer, but that’s what makes it all the more fascinating to understand and experience. “If we remembered everything we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing.” ~William James.

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Why Stoicism is one of the best mind-hacks ever – Lary Wallace. Why Facebook is blue: The science of colors in marketing. 33.5K Flares 33.5K Flares × Why is Facebook blue?

Why Facebook is blue: The science of colors in marketing

According to The New Yorker, the reason is simple. It’s because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. This means that blue is the color Mark can see the best. A Talk With The Savage English Professor. Jonathan Gottschall is a Distinguished Fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College.

A Talk With The Savage English Professor

His research at the intersection of science and art has frequently been covered in outlets such as The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature, Science, and NPR. Why Think When You Can Google Instead? Most of us with smartphones probably feel a little sheepish about how often we consult them.

Why Think When You Can Google Instead?

(I have to use Google Maps, for example, every time I visit my friends in Bay Ridge, even though they are the people I’ve known longest in the city and I really should have the route memorized by now.) And so the question a team of psychologists at the University of Waterloo recently asked will likely be of interest: What does it say about our thinking skills when we habitually outsource problem-solving to our phones? What It Takes To Change Your Brain's Patterns After Age 25. "In most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.

What It Takes To Change Your Brain's Patterns After Age 25

" That quote was made famous by Harvard psychologist William James in his 1890 book The Principles of Psychology, and is believed to be the first time modern psychology introduced the idea that one’s personality becomes fixed after a certain age. More than a century since James’s influential text, we know that, unfortunately, our brains start to solidify by the age of 25, but that, fortunately, change is still possible after. The key is continuously creating new pathways and connections to break apart stuck neural patterns in the brain. Simply put, when the brain is young and not yet fully formed, there’s a lot of flexibility and plasticity, which explains why kids learn so quickly, says Deborah Ancona, a professor of management and organizational studies at MIT.

Focused Attention. Mental Models: The Mind's Search Algorithm - Farnam Street. Mental models are tools for the mind.

Mental Models: The Mind's Search Algorithm - Farnam Street

In his talk: Academic Economics: Strengths and Weaknesses, after Considering Interdisciplinary Needs, at the University of California at Santa Barbara, in 2003, Charlie Munger honed in on why we like to specialize. The big general objection to economics was the one early described by Alfred North Whitehead when he spoke of the fatal unconnectedness of academic disciplines, wherein each professor didn’t even know of the models of the other disciplines, much less try to synthesize those disciplines with his own … The nature of this failure is that it creates what I always call ‘man with a hammer’ syndrome.

To a man with only a hammer, every problem looks pretty much like a nail. The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things. Most people are in the pursuit of happiness.

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, it doesn't make you that much happier. What to Do When Someone Doesn’t ‘Get’ You. Being misunderstood is a weirdly potent and unpleasant experience, and one that’s happened to all of us.

What to Do When Someone Doesn’t ‘Get’ You

Nobody likes feeling as though others aren’t seeing them for who they are, and in addition to causing hurt feelings, these sorts of misunderstandings can have both personal and professional consequences — your boss thinks you’re lazy because you come in late (you were up until 1 a.m. working on that demanding new project); your partner thinks you’re callous because you forgot to at least text her to ask how her big presentation went (you were preoccupied all day because of the boss thing). The future of loneliness. At the end of last winter, a gigantic billboard advertising Android, Google’s operating system, appeared over Times Square in New York.

The future of loneliness

In a lower-case sans serif font – corporate code for friendly – it declared: “be together. not the same.” This erratically punctuated mantra sums up the web’s most magical proposition – its existence as a space in which no one need ever suffer the pang of loneliness, in which friendship, sex and love are never more than a click away, and difference is a source of glamour, not of shame. As with the city itself, the promise of the internet is contact. It seems to offer an antidote to loneliness, trumping even the most utopian urban environment by enabling strangers to develop relationships along shared lines of interest, no matter how shy or isolated they might be in their own physical lives. But proximity, as city dwellers know, does not necessarily mean intimacy. Seeking Genius in Negative Space — 7 Days of Genius. Most of what we see are objects that occupy space, from the cup of coffee in your hand to the trees and buildings lining the street.

Seeking Genius in Negative Space — 7 Days of Genius

We are surrounded by configurations of matter that pierce reality and comprise positive space. Not “positive” in the good sense of the word, but as yang is to yin: the opposite of the void that is negative space. It is through this shadowy emptiness that we walk, talk, see, and live; negative space is the impossible cellophane layer that drapes the known world and is invisible to all but to the most perceptive minds.

It is possible to learn to see negative space though, in both the visual and imagined worlds. Press me! The buttons that lie to you. Does it help to push the buttons on pedestrian crossings, train doors and thermostats?

Press me! The buttons that lie to you

Often the answer is “no”, as Chris Baraniuk discovers. The tube pulls in to a busy station along the London Underground’s Central Line. It is early evening on a Thursday. Welcome to The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. Ghost Child: The Strange, Misunderstood World of Delusional Pregnancy. Thanks for saying that. I was just commenting to say that I am not crazy, I'm the person the article is about and I honestly can't take sitting her reading this having people call me "nutty as a squirrel turd" and other things when I really am a sane person and eight other human beings have looked at my ultrasounds and seen the same thing, not even counting people who responded on craigslist to my asking for help. I honestly don't care about the name being kept secret since I already posted about this on my facebook accounts (I have two, one mostly for people I met in real life and another for people I know from autism circles) and most people just ignored me and I'm used to getting scapegoated as crazy.

I just want people to have the actual facts before they call me insane. Fact number one: The Hook Effects exists. False negative pregnancy tests exist. Fact number three: A study at Harvard last year by Dr. The seven ways to have a near-death experience. Seeing a light and a tunnel may be the popular perception of death, but as Rachel Nuwer discovers, reports are emerging of many other strange experiences. In 2011, Mr A, a 57-year-old social worker from England, was admitted to Southampton General Hospital after collapsing at work. Medical personnel were in the middle of inserting a catheter into his groin when he went into cardiac arrest. With oxygen cut off, his brain immediately flat-lined.

Mr A died. The 6 Grand Illusions That Keep Us Enslaved to the Matrix. Your memory rewrites the past and edits it with new experiences, study finds - Science - News. In the study, How your Memory Rewrites the Past, researchers looked at the exact point in time when incorrectly recalled information was implanted into an existing memory. The team found that memory rewrites the past with current information, updating recollections with new experiences. This form of editing happens in the hippocampus, working as the memory’s version of a film editor or special effects team. Dunning–Kruger effect. The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is.

Top 10 Common Faults In Human Thought. Humans The human mind is a wonderful thing. Implicit memory. Evidence and current research[edit] Advanced studies of implicit memory began only a few decades ago. Many of these studies focus on the effect of implicit memory known as priming.[1] Several studies have been performed that confirm the existence of a separate entity which is implicit memory.

Top 10 Strange Phenomena of the Mind. Humans. The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight. The Misconception: You celebrate diversity and respect others’ points of view. The Truth: You are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others.