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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Scientists love to divide human thinking into two parts: right brain vs. left brain, rational vs. emotional, conscious vs. subconscious, and no doubt many others. Daniel Kahneman,…

A Better Brain in Four Days

We'd all like to think better, but few of us have the time or desire to, say, spend years in a Tibetan monastery learning to meditate. Past studies have shown that such extended training can indeed improve cognitive functioning. Remarkable…

Smarts from Sunshine

We all know that sunshine seems to have an impact on your mood, but could it even affect how well you think and make decisions? Surprising new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that it can:

Another Way Video Games Make You Smarter

One of my most read, tweeted, and retweeted posts lately has been Video Games Make You Smarter... Really. In addition to the cognitive enhancement from "shooter" and other games involving intense screen action, there's another way that…

Video Games Make You Smarter… Really!

Can video games make you a better air traffic controller? How about a better surgeon? And, for the huge demographic bubble of baby boomers, can video games keep you cognitively sharp into old age? Continuing our focus on brain fitness this…

Nap for Success

Not long ago we learned that daydreaming is the key to creativity, and now I've got even better news: napping makes you smarter! Or, according to Richard Restak's new book, Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your…