Category Archives: The brain

You are Not Busy

If you think you’re busy, consider your frantic forebears. In the 1830s, 70-hour working weeks were considered normal in the UK. There were no days off, except Sundays, and people had none of the time saving technologies that we take … Continue reading

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Memory & Understanding: Paper versus Pixels

A study by Pam A. Mueller of Princeton and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of UCLA has found that US college students who take notes on laptop computers are more likely to record lecturers’ words verbatim. Sounds like a good thing, but … Continue reading

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Too Much Information? – Take a Nap

Research by Matthew Walker at the University of California (Berkeley) says that the best way to absorb new information after lunch is to take a mid-day siesta. Apparently the hippocampus, the area of our brains that stores new material, can … Continue reading

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Baby Mozart

The idea of the ‘Mozart Effect’ in children dates from 1993 when Frances Rauscher, a psychologist, wrote a paper that appeared in the American science journal Nature. The paper summarised a study in which Rauscher asked 36 college students to … Continue reading

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Future Minds

Here’s a draft of the cover of my next book, due out in the UK in September 2010.

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Creativity and Depression

Have you ever wondered why depression is commonly associated with creative genius? According to Paul Wolf, a clinical pathologist at the University of California. Einstein, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Ravel, Goya, Michelangelo and Warhol all suffered from diseases that are now … Continue reading

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Musical Hallucinations

I’ve just removed this from my new book because it didn’t fit. Seems a shame not to use it somewhere, hence the post. — Musical hallucinations are a case in point. These are auditory hallucinations in which a piece of … Continue reading

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