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Posts Tagged ‘Cognition’

The Mastermind Effect: How Placebos Can Boost General Intelligence

The placebo effect is when an individual experiences benefits from a “sham drug” or “sham treatment” that is otherwise not supposed to have any medical benefits. The basic idea is that the mere suggestion that an individual is receiving an effective drug or treatment sometimes activates certain self-healing and self-boosting processes. While most research on […]

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The Power of Foresight: Why Looking Into the Future is the Key to Success

Humans have an incredible capacity for “mental time travel.” We can look back into our past, by recollecting memories and past experiences, or we can look forward into our future, by projecting new and possible events in our lives. Foresight is our ability to accurately predict future outcomes. It is a long-term, “bigger picture” view […]

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How Positive Emotions Make Us Smarter and Work Harder

The “broaden and build theory” is an idea in psychology that positive emotions allow us to expand our awareness in new ways and tap into mental resources that aren’t usually available to us when we are experiencing more negative emotions. According to psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, negative emotions typically lead to narrow, immediate survival-oriented behaviors. For […]

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Why We Ignore Advice When We Need It The Most

Our minds can be incredibly stubborn when they cling to old beliefs and perspectives. This is because everyone’s beliefs are susceptible to a range of cognitive biases, or distorted patterns of thinking, which can hinder our learning and knowledge of how the world really works. Due to these biases, we often ignore important advice or […]

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Challenge Your Brain! How to Improve Cognitive Fitness

It may sound cliché, but the truth is if we don’t use our brains, we are more likely to lose them. The brain thrives on sensory stimulation. It’s designed to absorb new information from its environment and build neural connections based on what it learns from those experiences. For example, a baby’s mind is like […]

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