Category Archives: Brain Stuff

The Science of Why You Hate Ted Cruz

There’s a scientific reason for why, deep down, you don’t want to vote for Ted Cruz Continue reading

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Bernie and Hillary Naked on Stage

Coached body language looks contrived and reveals more than people think. Continue reading

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Memoirs of a Hypnotist: 100 Days

Here is my review of Marcos Lutyens’ “Memoirs of a Hypnotist: 100 Days” at the New York Journal of Books: “An art installation that challenges [and shows] that preconceptions are the enemy of new ideas.” Some books surprise the reader … Continue reading

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Ambivalence in Addiction

Smartphone addiction is no different from the hard-drug physical kind. [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Ambivalence is a prominent feature in addictions whether of the physical or behavioral kind. Valence is the positive or negative … Continue reading

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Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks

The “association of intelligence with thinking and reasoning isn’t fact; it is a cultural belief,” says Professor Guy Claxton at the University of Winchester. Free of jargon, he illuminates for readers what specialists in neuroscience and philosophy have understood for decades: that the physical body constitutes the core of our intelligence. Continue reading

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Poison Apple II: How Smartphones Degrade Learning

Knowledge of facts has become cheap, and it has cheapened education.   [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Joe Clement and Matt Miles, two teachers with a combined 30 years in the classroom,* are alarmed that … Continue reading

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Talk on Neuroaesthetics in Istanbul

What draws people to abstract art? Why are paintings of Campbell’s soup cans worth millions of dollars? Next week I’ll be speaking at the 14th Istanbul Biennial on relations between art and neuroscience, metaphoric thinking and embodied perception. A book … Continue reading

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Addicted to Our Screens, or Merely Obsessed?

Are we actually really addicted to our screens in the way that people become addicted to alcohol, gambling, or drugs? Scientists debate whether we truly are. What no one seems to dispute is that our attention spans have gone to hell. Continue reading

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Digital Distractions: Your Brain on Screens

We need to stop treating every new piece of tech gear as an unalloyed good, and start questioning the pernicious effect it has on our brains and our being. Continue reading

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Podcast: Digital Distractions & Your Brain on Screens

Scientists debate whether we are truly addicted to our devices. They also question whether the internet makes us dumber by weakening memory or smarter by showering us with facts, and whether social apps isolate us more than they connect us. What no one seems to dispute is that our attention spans have gone to hell. Continue reading

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The Memory Painter

Protagonists Bryan and Linz descend from the 1980 inventors of a dangerous yet lucrative drug that awakens those who take it to their past lives. It’s a drug worth killing for, and sweeping deaths ensue in these pages. Continue reading

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The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

Richard Cytowic’s review of Michael Crawford’s “The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction” Continue reading

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Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Richard Cytowic’s Review of Gretchen Rubin’s “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives” Continue reading

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Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains

Here is my review of Susan Greenfield’s “Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains” at the New York Journal of Books: “Anything we practice repeatedly changes the brain; fixate on iPhones and similar screens, and … Continue reading

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How Facial Botox Changes Your Brain—Literally

Unintended consequences make the cosmetic procedure far from benign. Continue reading

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