• The Toxic Effects of Rewards

    This post is based upon research on the science of rewards and enjoyment. Check out my other posts which make scientific research on the human mind understandable. Imagine I were to ask you to do something you already enjoy. It doesn’t really matter what it is, but let’s say for the moment that you rather […]

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  • The 5 Best Books I Read in 2014

    Every year, I strive to read at least 100 books. Most of them either fall into the research category (a synthesis of different studies), or are novels. Here are my top 4 best reads from 2014:   Quiet: the Secret Power of Introverts Susan Cain I’ve long known that I’m something of an introvert, but […]

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  • 7 Important Life Lessons Learned Only From Playing Games

    This post is based upon the research on the importance of “play.” Check out my other posts which make scientific research on the human mind understandable.   Modern theories on play suggests that it is an integral process of development for all animals, including humans. Play allows for experimentation: a sort of laboratory for life. Dogs […]

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  • How Rewards and Punishment Change Behavior

    This post is based upon research on the science of rewards and motivation. Check out my other posts which make scientific research on the human mind understandable. The old “carrot and stick” are two of the most-used tools for motivation. Yet, do we really understand how they work? Recent research has found some surprising truths about […]

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  • Educational Websites: List of Free Online Courses

    Are you an autodidact (do you love teaching yourself new things)? Or are you just looking to pick up a new skill? The following websites can help you learn just about anything. They are in no particular order. I’ve tried to list prices, course style, and available courses where applicable. Please chime in with any new […]

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  • Using Tracking to Accomplish More

    This post is a part of the 10 Steps to Nonstop Accomplishment series. If you like the tips in this post, check out the other posts in the series for maximum accomplishment, energy, and motivation.   If there is a single undervalued psychological technique to accomplish more, it is that of tracking. If you don’t know where […]

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  • What is Music, Really, Anyways?

    Do you remember band class? Maybe it was just a flute or recorder, or maybe you were forced to study an instrument for a few years in middle school. Maybe you even picked up a thing or two from these classes, but how about now?   For me, music felt like a lost potential – […]

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