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Your Brain on Magic

Source: Feel Photo Art/ShutterstockDavid Blaine. David Copperfield. Harry Houdini. These three magicians may be rank among the world's most famous, but there's someone else who belongs on this list: You. Even if you can't make things vanish with a wand or pull a rabbit out of a hat, that doesn't mean you weren't born with preternatural skills you may not realize you have, but which you actually use every day. Here are five:1.Developed by researchers 20 years ago, the "Reading the Mind in the

4 Simple Ways To Stay Calm When Your Kids Are Being Difficult

Let's say your morning is going less than smoothly: Your kids are taking forever to get ready, and you already know you're all going to be late—them for school and you for work. You might think you need to go upstairs and directly tell the kids that they've got to get their act together and be more respectful of your time. But Brackett says these conversations to address conflicts and find solutions should not happen right in the heat of the moment while the conflict is playing itself out."Our
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“Biohacking” — New Diet Based on Fasting and Hard Scientific Data

Based on more or less scientific foundations, the new died dubbed “Biohacking” claims you can change the way your body works through long periods of fasting. To put it simply, you should stop eating 36 hours a week and even fast for up to 3 consecutive days, four times a year.Intermittent fasting is supposed to result in weight loss, fight diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease, but mostly increase intellectual performance. According to neuroscientist Mark Mattson, during fasting
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Scientists Explore a Link Between Our Mind and the Quantum Physics Further

Despite all the research we’ve done, we still know relatively little about how the human brain works, and we know even less about the mystery of “consciousness.” Scientists disagree about whether consciousness exists at all outside the illusions of our own collective imagination. Some believe it exists independently although we’ve yet to understand its origins have brought quantum physics into the discussion.This is probably in part because of the way that the “observer effect” challenged one
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Humans Have Unique Brain 'Fingerprints,' Scientists Confirm

Our brains' connections are so unique, they can be used to identify individuals.People say "our brains are wired differently," and now a team of scientists led by Carnegie Mellon researchers have proven that's literally the case. The group developed a way to "fingerprint" the human brain using diffusion MRI and found that its structural connections are so unique, they can be used to identify individuals. According to the team's paper published in PLOS, they used the diffusion MRI results of 699
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Elon Musk Is Preparing to Release “Brain Hacking Tech,” And He’s Not Alone

Elon Musk stated that updates regarding his neural lace, which is meant to augment the human mind, are coming next month. In October, Bryan Johnson announced a $100 million investment to put computers in our brains. And so, a race is on to hack human intelligence.The age of the machine is well underway, and there is a very good chance that humanity will be left behind. Artificial intelligence is beating us at poker. It is beating us at Go. It is saving lives by identifying diseases when human
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How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math

I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little strange how I’ve ended up now—someone who dances daily with triple integrals, Fourier transforms, and that crown jewel of mathematics, Euler’s equation. It’s hard to believe I’ve flipped from a virtually congenital math-phobe to a professor of engineering.One day, one of my students asked me how I did it—how I changed my brain. I wanted to answer
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A Breakthrough in Pain Relief Research — Placebo Sweet Spot Found

Scientists have identified for the first time the region in the brain responsible for the "placebo effect" in pain relief, when a fake treatment actually results in substantial reduction of pain, according to new research from Northwestern Medicine and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).Pinpointing the sweet spot of the pain killing placebo effect could result in the design of more personalized medicine for the 100 million Americans with chronic pain. The fMRI technology developed
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Brain Training – Can We Really Enhance Our Cognitive Skills?

“Under what conditions does brain training work?” was the question posed at one of the sessions of the SharpBrains Virtual Summit, Monitoring and Enhancing Brain Health in the Pervasive Neuroscience Era, an event that brought together over 30 of the world’s top experts on brain health enhancement through emerging neurotechnological interventions.This is a very interesting and timely question because, as the number of brain training interventions grow, we realize that there are in fact
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How To Use 100% Of Your Brain

Recently, I saw the movie Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. If you’re planning on watching it and don’t want me to spoil it for you, then skip the next paragraph. (In my opinion, you can find plenty of better ways to spend 89 minutes.)The general story is that a college student studying abroad (Johansson) gets abducted by a gang in Taipei and is forced to carry a bag of drugs that they implant in her abdomen. When the bag starts leaking its contents, CPH4 (based on a real
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How Human Brains Could Be Hacked

Like computers, human brains may be vulnerable to hackers. Technology is already allowing scientists to read people's thoughts and even plant new ones in the brain.The latest episode of the Science Channel's "Through the Wormhole," hosted by Morgan Freeman, explores the potential — and dangers — of hacking the mind. The episode premieres tonight (July 3) at 10 p.m. ET."We live a world of data," Freeman says in the show. "One day soon, our innermost thoughts may no longer be our own. Mind
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Learn Any Skill In 20 Hours

Learn any skill in 20 hours.How many times do we see something inspirational or appealing and we say “I wish I could do that!”, and then never go on to actually learn anything.As Josh Kaufman puts it, our main issue is emotional not intellectual.You may or may not have heard the 10,000 hour rule in which studies have suggested that to become a master in any given skill you have to dedicate 10,000 hours.Well for some perspective that is a full time job for 5 years!Now, if that sounds daunting
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