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6 Secrets About the Human Brain That Will Make You a Better Marketer
Knowing how the mind processes information and images can help you send the right message.
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How Mindfulness Can Save You Money
IF YOU PUT PEOPLE IN BRAIN SCANNERS and give them something delicious—say, wine or chocolate—the reward centers of their brains light up. In other words, it’s making them feel good. But if you promise them a delicious item in the future, there’s no r
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This Is Your Brain on Power
There's evidence that power actually changes the way the brain sees others, decreasing recognition of others' concerns.
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Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self
The same part of the brain that allows us to step into the shoes of others also helps us restrain ourselves.
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Read a Novel: It’s Just What the Doctor Ordered
IT’S WELL-ESTABLISHED SCIENCE THAT READING boosts vocabulary, sharpens reason and expands intellectual horizons. But the latest round of research on the benefits of literature focuses on how it improves not our IQ, but our EQ. Book lovers profess a
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The Oa And The Dark Side Of Science
Brit Marling discusses the folklore and real-life research that went into her trippy Netflix series.
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Blazing A Path To A Better Brain
Fearless founders are hacking their cortexes in ways that will inspire you. Or horrify you. Or both
- Dec 14 20165 minutes
The Psychology Of White-Collar Criminals
A researcher reflects on conversations with nearly 50 convicted executives about why they did what they did.
- Jan 3 20179 minutes
The Friendship That Created Behavioral Economics
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- Jan 19 20171 minute
The Poetry-Free Inauguration Makes A Comeback
No modern Republican commander-in-chief has featured a poet at their swearing-in ceremony, and it appears neither will Trump.
- Sep 19 20161 minute
We Shouldn’t Dismiss People Who Deny Facts
IT’S EASY TO DISMISS PEOPLE WHO believe things that are factually incorrect—that vaccines cause autism, for example, or that climate change isn’t real. But if we really want to change how they think, we need to take an honest look at what’s driving t
- May 1 20155 minutes
How to Handle Confrontation at Work
Confronting someone doesn't have to be a defensive maneuver or a counterattack.
- Oct 24 20161 minute
How Thinking Like a Kid Can Spur Creativity
IT’S COMMON FOR ADULTS TO FEEL LIKE we’re drowning in judgment—“You’re not famous enough,” “You’re not smart enough,” “You’re not thin enough.” The weight of these appraisals, from others and from ourselves, can prevent us from looking at the world a
- Dec 23 20166 minutes
Sixteen In ‘16: Our Favorite Education Stories
Take a stroll down memory lane, a scroll through some #TBTs, or whatever the school kids are calling a throwback these days. Here are our favorite education stories The Atlantic published this year.
- Dec 20 20168 minutes
The Limits Of Diversity
At what point would you start to express a strong preference for sameness?
- Apr 1 20156 minutes
7 Tips for Getting Your Team to Think More Creatively
The pros share what works for them. Read and learn.
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How to Master Your Next Meeting
The keys to staying calm, focused, and effective when leading a meeting.
- Jun 1 20164 minutes
Lines Of Resistance
Will America see a rebirth of political verse?
- Feb 1 20154 minutes
The Bright Side of Negative Thinking
Despite what we're often told, positive thinking may not be conducive to meeting one's goals. In fact, you're probably better off visualizing obstacles.
- Dec 25 20165 minutes
Why Walt Whitman Called America The 'Greatest Poem'
The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
- Jan 18 20175 minutes
Hidden Figures And The Appeal Of Math In An Age Of Inequality
The fantastic new film treats numbers as an instrument of meritocracy. It’s not alone in that.