The Role of Empathy in Our Evolution

Empathy is the ability to recognize thoughts and feelings within another conscious being. It is a mental capacity in which we can understand the inner world of others – their beliefs, emotions, intentions, values, goals, and personal experience. With empathy … Continue reading

Undeserved Self-Praise Can Lead to Depression

According to a recent study published in Emotion, students who evaluated their performance on an exam as higher than it actually was – a form of undeserved self-praise – later felt dejected and depressed. According to Chi-Yue Chiu, of Nanyang … Continue reading

Brain Workshop – Free Brain Training Software

Brain Workshop is a mental training program that has been scientifically demonstrated to improve working memory and general intelligence. You can download a free copy of this software here. It’s available for both PC and Mac. The premise behind the … Continue reading

How Does A Baby’s Mind Work?

In a recent TED video, psychologist Alison Gopnik describes how a child’s early cognitive development is a lot like the “Research & Development” sector in an economy. Babies and young children are constantly experimenting and playing with their environments, absorbing … Continue reading

When Too Much Optimism Blinds Us

Optimists are said to be those who see the glass as half full, while pessimists see the glass as half empty. An optimist often tries to find the good in everything, and often this perspective can cause less stress, less … Continue reading