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Believing You Can Get Smarter Makes You Smarter
Teaching people that intelligence is malleable makes them more likely to improve their ability.
psychology  intelligence  learning  iq  motivation  education  mind  research 
january 2010 by andrewducker
Holding heavy objects makes us see things as more important
A new study which shows that simply holding a heavy object can affect the way we think. A simple heavy clipboard can makes issues seem weightier - when holding one, volunteers think of situations as more important and they invest more mental effort in dealing with abstract issues.
mind  brain  perception 
august 2009 by andrewducker
Left-handers think more quickly
Left-handed people can think quicker when carrying out tasks such as playing computer games or playing sport, say Australian researchers.

Connections between the left and right hand sides or hemispheres of the brain are faster in left-handed people, a study in Neuropsychology shows.
brain  science  neuroscience  lefthanded  health  mind 
june 2009 by andrewducker
The science of voodoo: When mind attacks body
A retrospective study of 15 trials involving thousands of patients prescribed either beta blockers or a control showed that both groups reported comparable levels of side effects, including fatigue, depressive symptoms and sexual dysfunction. A similar number had to withdraw from the studies because of them.
nocebo  placebo  drugs  mind  body  psychology 
may 2009 by andrewducker
Why can't we concentrate?
Which highlights, amongst other things, that Facebook, Twitter (and Livejournal) are _novelty producers_, and that these will dripfeed you tiny bursts of satisfaction that distract you from concentrating on anything more productive.
culture  mind  concentration 
may 2009 by andrewducker
Be sure to mind when you change your mind
When people have their minds changed they remember having _always_ had the new position...
psychology  opinion  memory  mind 
march 2009 by andrewducker
Out of Control
Yet more evidence that the conscious mind isn't actually in control of much.
sociology  consciousness  mind 
february 2009 by andrewducker
Self Awareness - the last frontier
Fascinating essay from someone working on the edges of that frontier.
science  psychology  brain  philosophy  consciousness  mind 
december 2008 by andrewducker

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