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Emotion, perception, and other tricks of the brain
Richard E. Cytowic M.D.
Reading linear stories can heal the effects of heavy screen exposure and digital distractions. It can temper your scattered attention and build up your emotional intelligence.
Video games are blamed for withering attention spans and degraded social skills. But games like Fortnite and Celeste may help build one on one relationships.
In the future, will robots be friend or foe—and who gets to determine the relationship?
Serious questions surround the power of social media to shape self-worth.
Social media has brought smartphone-wielding hoards to once-pristine vistas—along with headaches, environmental ruin, and death. What can be done? How can you reclaim the benefits?
The power of instant gratification is enticing but a harmful blight on your being l. Here's what to do when Social Media becomes your only avenue for personal fulfillment.
Friends are those who do friendly things. The best way to win them is to act like one, yet we soothe loneliness in front of the screen chasing likes. Good company can work wonders.
Leave that messy desk alone! There's a cost to a too-neat workplace. Decluttering gurus say it's easy to decide what to hang onto and what to toss. But no. Here's what you can do.
There are so many stories I would tell you if I could only tell them in their colors. Tint them, shade them, make it so you’d grasp what I remember.
Who knew tomatoes naturally have genes, or that all living things do? Foes of GMOs got this and more wrong.
Smell your way to healthy hair? Researchers are “not far at all” from taking a discovery from lab to clinic for the treatment of male and female pattern baldness.
Ghosts and aliens are real to those who see them, even if their perception is a misinterpretation of an uncommon and unusual experience.
Compulsive viewing and endless screen distractions block our ability to think and simply enjoy life. Here's 5 tips for reducing screen exposure and freeing up your time.
The bacteria in our gut—one’s so-called microbiome—play a huge role in shaping our emotions. The brain in our head is in constant contact with the one in our guts.
Forgetfulness needn't be a harbinger of dementia: Wiping irrelevant facts and memories from our mind readies the brain to remember new and meaningful ones.
A few simple steps can pave the way to consistently refreshing sleep. A tranquil bedroom arranged for the senses, and a consistent routine are the key.
Individuals with autism may be impervious to misleading marketing. Mental differences are often considered weaknesses, but autism may not be entirely a disability.
Perception may be due for a redefinition. Our eyes see, but vision can apparently also hear. Tactile receptors can also taste. We may all have a bit of synesthesia in us.
Locked away inside a silent, dark skull, your brain knows nothing about the physical world except what it constructs from data enter along different cables from various sensors.
Are we engineering our way to extinction? Should we fear machines taking over, or can we solve our way out of this puzzle?
Eggs all in one basket? “Organic food” and its marketing is not all it’s cracked up to be. The firmest fact about organic is the marketing power behind it.
Did the uncanny astronomer see into our future, or did our own wishful thinking make his decades-old quote go viral?
Drugs that modulate cognition work in those who truly need help. While not intended for healthy brains, some continue to rack up glowing testimonials.
Feeling low? New research says: Try a pickle. Gut feelings are more real than you think, and intestinal bugs influence your mood as well as your waistline.
Screens blot out the lived-in world of people and things, increasingly leading to narcissism, reduced empathy, and low self-esteem.
Our response to humanoid robots says more about us than them. Emotional reading comes from within, leading us to project our own feelings onto others, both living and inanimate.
Many would love a pill that restored the hundreds of lost hours due to fatigue and the necessity of sleep.
Watch what the debaters do rather than listening to what they say. The best way to judge people trying to persuade you is with the volume turned off.
Letting someone else sharpen your brain sounds great. Except it doesn't work, and you have to do the work yourself. The good news is that it isn't so hard.
Don’t believe promises of “accelerated learning.” Four proven practices can boost retention and give you peace of mind instead.
Richard E. Cytowic, MD, MFA, professor of neurology at George Washington University, is known for returning synesthesia to mainstream science. Wednesday Is Indigo Blue, with David Eagleman, won the Montaigne Medal.