Several studies have shown that cognitive functions – including memory, attention, multitasking – can be trained.
In general, people consider intelligence to be a highly desirable trait. Some people can be seen as more 'smart' due to their everyday habits and conscientious attitude. Here are 6 tips for more intelligent thinking.
Whether you need to summon a bit of enthusiasm while cleaning the bathroom, or wallow in the sadness of heart break, there is music for every moment. But it turns out that music can also help teenagers achieve better grades, and help people get through tough life events.
The pursuit of happiness seems to be a big deal. Bookshelves and blog articles fill volumes on the topic, and self-help gurus and motivational speakers have thriving careers educating people on what makes humans happy. Humans are perhaps the only species to consciously experience pleasure and contemplate their future happiness. So what exactly is happiness?
In a quest for better health and longevity, many people turn to doctors, herbal supplements and tailored diets. But they overlook a powerful weapon that could help fight disease and depression, fasten recovery, slow aging and prolong life: friendship.
You’re busy typing away at your desk, and something comes up. You don’t think about how important the distraction is - you just give it your attention. Ten minutes, fifteen minutes. When you return to your work - you’ve no idea where you left off or what was challenging you before.
For centuries, philosophers and scientists have tried to pinpoint what intelligence is. Aristotle hypothesized the brain to be the body’s cooling system, and the capacity for intelligence to be in the human heart. Science has come a long way, but we still don't know for sure what makes some brains cleverer than others.
Many of us speak a foreign language. Perhaps we want a job in another country, or we want to talk to our grandparents back home. As immigration rises, our world gets increasingly more multicultural. The benefits may not only be communication - hearing two or more languages can give children an early learning advantage and life long benefits.
The human memory is notoriously fickle, especially when it comes to remembering details. Years of research has found that our brains tend to fill in the missing gaps with fiction or other memories when we cannot remember the specifics. In day-to-day life, this is not a bug, it’s actually a feature - we cannot possibly remember every single minute of every single day. But although our brains are sometimes not as reliable as we would like them to be, it could be much worse. Luckily science is constantly coming up with new findings that could improve the quality of our memories.
Coffee isn’t just tasty and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you. It happens to be the most popular drink in the world, as well as a rich source of antioxidants and other bioactive compounds. In recent years, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health, and their results have been nothing short of amazing.
Our society tends to value the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers - creative people who have transformed the world with their ideas. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the great artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Einstein. Viewing the world creatively is supposed to be an asset, even a virtue. The startup world and tech industries are fighting to recruit the most ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers. We are taught that teachers and bosses value creativity, and if we have good ideas, we will succeed in life.