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- 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.
- Jan 17 20178 minutes
The Oa And The Dark Side Of Science
Brit Marling discusses the folklore and real-life research that went into her trippy Netflix series.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Dec 18 201627 minutes
The 50 Best Podcasts of 2016
From politics shows to horror series, highlights from a year of listening
- 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
- Jun 13 201312 minutes
The Coin Toss and the Love Triangle: Information Theory:There are two flavors of uncertainty in our lives. Math helps with both.
Chance appears to name a single, unitary thing. But its genealogy, its family history, turns out to be a tangled one. One way to understand its branching origins is to turn to literature: We may look, in turn, to two very different novels.Anton Chigu
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Jun 1 20164 minutes
Lines Of Resistance
Will America see a rebirth of political verse?
- Apr 1 20156 minutes
7 Tips for Getting Your Team to Think More Creatively
The pros share what works for them. Read and learn.
- 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,
- 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.
- Oct 31 20132 minutes
Can’t Remember Your Password?: Welcome to subconscious encryption, the ultimate private security.
In this month’s Nautilus story, “Safecracking the Brain,” I dug into the work of two research groups that are stealing tips from cryptology to better understand how our brains work. While reporting that story, I came across a scientist who’s taking t
- Jul 14 20162 minutes
These Nature Photographs Aren’t What They Seem: The visual playfulness of Simen Johan.
Simen Johan’s photographic series reads like an off-kilter field guide. Giraffes lose their heads in the fog, louche primates debauch with domestic animals, and tapestry-like camouflage both conceals and dazzles. Climate, habitat, and species are fra
- Sep 1 20154 minutes
How Utter Darkness Could Heal Lazy Eye
The email from a professor offered an unusual spring break adventure: Come spend five days in complete darkness. To Morgan Williams, then a sophomore at Swarthmore College and a psychology major, it sounded like a great way to spend his vacation week
- Sep 5 20138 minutes
On The Origin Of Celebrity: Animals:Why Julia Roberts rules our world.
I had such fun the other evening. LeBron James, Anne Hathaway, J.K. Rowling, and I had gone ice skating in Central Park. My dear friend Koko the sign-language gorilla was there, ice-dancing with Ryan Gosling, who is always good for a laugh. Afterward
- Jul 20 20164 minutes
Your Terrifying Dreams Could Be Rehearsal for Real Life
Once, I dreamed I was at a man’s funeral. According to the deceased’s instructions, each of his toes were to be buried in tiny, individual coffins. When I woke up, I wondered, “What could it mean?” According to some neuroscience research on dreams,
- Nov 7 20165 minutes
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
- Mar 13 20164 minutes
What It Feels Like to Be an Octopus
On a recent Sunday, at my local Italian market, I considered the octopus. To eat the tentacle would be, in a way, like eating a brain—the eight arms of an octopus contain two-thirds of its half billion neurons. Delicious for some, yes—but for others,
- 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.
- May 1 20155 minutes
How to Handle Confrontation at Work
Confronting someone doesn't have to be a defensive maneuver or a counterattack.