• What I Learned From Prison Inmates

    The other day, I spent my morning volunteering an the San Quentin prison with a program called The Last Mile. As Wired recently reported, this nonprofit seeks to help inmates prepare to get a job on the outside. I was as shocked as anybody when a friend of mine called up asking me to teach advanced […]

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  • What Make The Game of “Go” So Hard to Learn?

    This weekend, a friend of mine brought a “Go” board to a party. I’d heard a lot about this notoriously complex and ancient game. Most recently, it was in the news because a computer finally beat a master Go player. This triumph of computer programming illustrates just how hard Go is. Computers were regularly beating […]

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  • The Lost Art of Compilation for Authors and Students

    There is an essential skill which many of us have lost. This loss is a symptom of how easy it is to publish. Or tweet. Blog. Snap. Broadcast. Record. Our filters have dropped. We say what is on our minds and hope for a “like.” Really, our ancestors were no different. They wanted the same social approval. […]

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  • Cut Out Sugar for a Healthy Hippocampus


    Sugar has come under fire for a number of health reasons, but a new study shows the direct effects sugar can have on the brain – and it’s not good for mental health. The research shows that consumption of sugar can have more damaging effects than trauma has on the hippocampus early in life. Stressors and […]

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  • Retain Information by Making Rewarding Memories


    How does our brain decide what memories are important? How does it determine the information that is worth storing accurately? New neuroscience research shows that memories associated with a higher reward are reinforced and prioritized, while other memories take a back seat. Memories are prioritized based on rewards  It has been known for some time […]

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  • More Evidence that Being Bilingual Makes You Smarter


    A lot of evidence has started accumulating about the benefits for your brain of being bilingual. Here is another: A study in toddlers shows that switching between two different languages increases mental flexibility and improves performance on conflict inhibition tasks. Switching between languages The newly published research from at Concordia University looked at bilingual compared […]

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  • How to Have Your Sugar and Eat It Too

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    Healthy eating is usually on everyone’s to-do list, but what is the best way to stick to that goal? New neuroscience research shows that our brain prioritizes energy over taste when we’re hungry – suggesting why sugar substitutes just don’t work. Your brain cells run on glucose, so there is a reason we crave sweet […]

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  • Thync Review: Does Brain Stimulation (tDCS) Work?

    As I write this, my brain is being electrocuted. Don’t worry. It’s perfectly safe. I think. I’m testing out the Thync device, a little gadget that adheres to my forehead and sends electric current through the brain. It’s a process called Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation (tDCS). Ostensibly, it’s based upon science. And it’s supposed to help […]

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  • The Myth of “Different Learning Styles”

    Many people feel like they have a unique way they learn best. It seems to make sense. You may have heard of auditory, kinesthetic and visual learners. This was one of the earliest ideas I ran into when I first started studying learning theories. There are even online tests to help you discover what kind […]

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