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- Nov 28 20161 minute
Hold Yourself Accountable—You’ll Be Happier
PEOPLE TEND TO EXTERNALIZE WHEN THEY encounter problems—to look beyond themselves and find fault with others when things go wrong. Society’s mantra is “There’s plenty of blame to go around!” You can hear it echo in the reactions to the election. But
- Jan 1 20172 minutes
10 Entrepreneurs Share Fail-Safe Strategies For More Effective Meetings
We asked readers: How do you make the most of everyone's least favorite work routine? Here's what they had to say.1. Plan ahead. Set the agenda one week ahead of time. Allow employees to comment on it prior to the meeting so they have time to really
- Sep 1 20153 minutes
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.
- 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
- Jan 1 20172 minutes
Blazing A Path To A Better Brain
Fearless founders are hacking their cortexes in ways that will inspire you. Or horrify you. Or both
- Oct 17 20161 minute
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
- Jan 16 20171 minute
Are Some Years More Important Than Others?
LILY ROTHMAN THE YEAR 2016 MIGHT BE OVER, BUT debates rage on about whether it was one of the most important—or worst—years ever. Yet amid talk of surprising election results and shocking celebrity deaths, these conversations often miss a key point:
- Feb 9 201726 minutes
Bias In The ER: Doctors suffer from the same cognitive distortions as the rest of us.
The dazed young woman who arrived at Sunnybrook Hospital, Canada’s first and largest regional trauma center, from a head-on car crash presented the surgeons treating her with a disturbing problem. In addition to her many broken bones, the rhythm of h
- Jan 3 20179 minutes
The Friendship That Created Behavioral Economics
A conversation with Michael Lewis about his new book on the research of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky
- Jan 7 201610 minutes
The Deep Space of Digital Reading: Why we shouldn’t worry about leaving print behind.
In A History of Reading, the Canadian novelist and essayist Alberto Manguel describes a remarkable transformation of human consciousness, which took place around the 10th century A.D.: the advent of silent reading. Human beings have been reading for
- May 1 20163 minutes
Don't Pop Your Top: 5 Thoughts to Keep You Calm in an Angry Moment
Even when anger takes over your brain, your inner Hulk can stay restrained.
- Dec 6 20164 minutes
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.
- Sep 5 20161 minute
The Bright Side of Darker Emotions
IT’S NATURAL TO WANT TO BE HAPPY all the time. But it’s telling that most of what many consider to be our seven basic emotions—joy, anger, sadness, fear, surprise, contempt and disgust—reflect the dark side of the human experience. These emotions are
- Jan 27 20163 minutes
How Where You Are or What You’re Doing Alters Your Sense of Time
How we think of time can lead to some odd results. For example, imagine your co-worker says next Wednesday’s meeting has been moved forward two days. When is the meeting going to be held? Your response can be predicted by how you see your relationshi
- Nov 1 20162 minutes
You’re Already Good. Here’s How to Step It Up
Fortune reviews three major releases this season that promise to help you elevate your thinking, motivation, and creativity in work and in life.
- Feb 6 20173 minutes
The Roots Of Our Rage
In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra taps into a centuries-long vein of resentment.
- Jan 29 20174 minutes
'He's Going to Continue to Create Chaos'
Dan P. McAdams, the author of The Atlantic’s June 2016 cover story “The Mind of Donald Trump,” shares what he learned about Trump and what might be expected during his presidency.
- Apr 1 20156 minutes
7 Tips for Getting Your Team to Think More Creatively
The pros share what works for them. Read and learn.
- May 7 20165 minutes
This Man Wants Magic to Be a Branch of Psychology
In his rather untidy office at Goldsmiths, University of London, the cheerful and vaguely rumpled Gustav Kuhn grabs what looks like a wire-frame pyramid off of an otherwise empty shelf. Holding it gently, his Swiss-English accent crackling over our t
- Aug 14 201414 minutes
An Atheist’s Guide to Spirituality: “I did not have to believe anything irrational about the universe.”
I once spent an afternoon on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, atop the mount where Jesus is believed to have preached his most famous sermon. It was an infernally hot day, and the sanctuary where I sat was crowded with Christian pilgrims
- Mar 1 20141 minute
This Is Your Brain on Power
There's evidence that power actually changes the way the brain sees others, decreasing recognition of others' concerns.
- Dec 1 20162 minutes
The Moral Imperative for Leaders
WE LIVE IN A TIME of moral outrage. If you listened to partisans on either side of Election 2016, it was a contest between—or a protest of—a criminally corrupt politician and a serial sex offender, even though neither candidate had been formally char
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
The Literacy of Long-Form Thinking
A man from ancient Rome said it was better to know nothing about a subject than to half-know it. I’m worried that this Republic of ours is set on proving his wisdom all over again. Only, we aren’t even bothering to know 50% of what’s going on. Seems
- Dec 9 20164 minutes
Profanity's Roots In Brain Chemistry? Damn Right
Swearing has its own home in our brains, separate from where we generate polite conversation.
- Dec 12 20162 minutes
The host of radio’s On Being talks about wisdom, debate, downright disagreement—and coming together when things fall apart
- Apr 7 20163 minutes
What Alzheimer’s Feels Like from the Inside: An investigative reporter chronicles the progression of his own disease.
I was up again at 4 a.m. the other night, one of five nocturnal ramblings in the early morning, the new me. No sleep. Picking my way in the dark, familiar territory of a home on Cape Cod where I have lived with my family for 34 years. I fumbled into
- Mar 19 201513 minutes
Trying Not to Try: Modern science and Chinese philosophy tell us similar stories about how we think.
In a famous story from ancient Chinese philosophy, Butcher Ding has been called upon to play his part in a traditional religious ceremony. The ritual, to consecrate a newly cast bronze bell, requires the butcher to sacrifice an ox in a public space,
- Sep 1 20142 minutes
A Yoga Franchise for Kids Stretches Bodies and Minds
Imagination Yoga uses storytelling to encourage kids to move through a series of yoga positions.
- Mar 1 20141 minute
9 Ways to Become a Better Leader
From encouraging dissenting voices to showing compassion, here are tips for leading with purpose and poise.
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
Who's That Gift Really For?
Before you give, think about how thoughtful you're actually being.