The positive effects of "placebo sleep"
Gods-given hallucinations and suppressing anger for the greater good: How what's considered "abnormal" has changed.
As in romance, a solid relationship with food may benefit from time apart. The "every-other-day diet" involves one day of eating whatever you want, followed by a day of eating very little. Of this year's eating fads, intermittent fasting stands out as one less ridiculous than it might sound.
Neuroscientist James Fallon discovered through his work that he has the brain of a psychopath, and subsequently learned a lot about the role of genes in personality and how his brain affects his life.
Studies have shown narcissists post more self-promoting content on social media, but it's not always so easy to tell if someone's doing it for the attention.
Bright lights, big emotions.
"Hey Ryan." "Hey Billy." The viral-video health parable of the day.
New research says sexual activity can grow brain cells. Keeping them may be another matter.
NASA's social network discusses the potential of bicycle desk technology, and harnessing the energy of a workout
Research indicates that lack of religion is a key reason why people in wealthy countries don't feel a sense of purpose.
Frontotemporal dementia, unlike Alzheimer's, often hits people in the prime of their lives, and can make them act like a completely different person.
"Calm down" might not be the best advice before public speaking.
The story of Pedal Power's bike machine is spreading quickly. The two-man company has more than tripled its crowd-sourced fundraising goal, and its bike desk is being used to power laptops, grind grain for beer, and churn butter.
A history of selling the idea that positive thinking can conquer disease; and how good intentions took me across hot coals.
How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.
The importance of ritual
"If you can't do something perfectly, why do it at all?" Stories from Atlantic readers on how to think about anxiety, what is helpful, and what isn't.
Researchers saw changes in the brain after training exercises, but only for specific tasks.
In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil.
When can you call a food addictive?