Popular ASMR Videos Truly Are Euphoric
Many people experience Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), a relaxing sensation often triggered by gentle whispering which creates a "low-grade euphoria" characterized by "a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin. We are finally working out what it is and that it can be good for you.
The Reason You Can't Keep A Secret
"Don't tell anyone" is likely a phrase you have heard before or after someone tells you a secret. But why is it so hard to not spill the beans? One Baylor College of Medicine expert explains why this is a challenge.
Do People Notice The Difference Between Strategic Kindness and Real Kindness?
Psychologists at the University of Sussex have confirmed that the warm glow of kindness is real, even when there's nothing in it for you. In their study, published in NeuroImage, they undertook a major analysis of existing research showing the brain scans relating to over 1000 people making kind decisions. For the first time, they split the analysis between what happens in the brain when people act out of genuine altruism – where there's nothing in it for them – and when they act with strategic kindness – when there is something to be gained as a consequence.
People Enjoy Your Company Far More Than You Think
In our social lives, we're constantly engaged in what researchers call "meta-perception," or trying to figure out how other people see us. Do people think we're boring or interesting, selfish or altruistic, attractive or not?
Why Do Some People Feel Less Pain?
Ever wonder why some people seem to feel less pain than others? A study conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine may have found one of the answers – mindfulness.
Hack Your Unconscious To Boost Your Memory and Learning
It seems like hard conscious work, but much of the learning process goes on deep in the mind. Here are the top tips to improve how you recall facts
Why It Pays To Be Humble and Modest
Why do people make anonymous donations, and why does the public perceive this as admirable? Why do we downplay our interest in a potential partner, if we risk missing out on a relationship?
Study Shows Gains In Meditation Training Maintained Seven Years Later
Gains in the ability to sustain attention developed through intensive meditation training are maintained up to seven years later, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement.
How Changes Made At The Smallest Molecular Level Signal Cellular and Human Adaptation
Something that has always eluded the scientific paradigm is causation. Science is always far behind simple empirical observation-so far behind anything remotely relating to the understanding of ourselves and our universe because it does not assess the subatomic forces that guide all matter. Thus, science only knows correlation. Today, discoveries being made beyond the atomic level are demonstrating how forces within living cells determine how they respond to mechanical forces and the human body itself.
How You Speak Predicts If Psychedelic Therapy Will Help You
The way you speak may reveal whether a psychedelic drug could help treat depression or anxiety.
Hitting Rock Bottom Frees Us From Negative Emotions
We've all heard it said, "When you hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up." This can prove especially true in business, where bottoming out as a result of job loss can be necessary before finding the radical solution that will lead to a new work identity, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame.
Cause Does Not Always Precede Effect - Your Present Influences Your Past
This idea that the future can influence the present, and that the present can influence the past, is known as retrocausality. It has been around for a while without ever catching on -- and for good reason, because we never see effects happen before their causes in everyday life. But now, a fresh twist on a deep tension in the foundations of quantum theory suggests that we may have no choice but to think again.
Meditation Alone Will Not Make You A Better Person
For as long as we have records on the benefits of meditation, claims have been made that we can become more compassionate and change how we behave towards others. Now new research has suggested meditation's role in making individuals better people is limited without working on our behavior in our daily experiences.
End Of Life Presents A Unique Perspective And Wisdom
Wisdom is typically considered to be the fruit of a long life, the accumulation of experiences lived and lessons learned. In recent years, scientists have created a consensus definition of wisdom as a complex trait with several inter-related components, such as compassion, emotional regulation, spirituality and tolerance.
How Belief In Our Limited Supply Affects Our Willpower
Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts -- an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, a new study suggests.
How Effective is Punishment To Promote Cooperation?
Punishment has been questioned for hundreds of years when it comes to getting members of society to cooperate for the common good. For example children who are spanked over the long term tend to be more difficult and noncompliant, have various behavior problems, can develop anxiety disorders or depression, and later develop antisocial behavior. A game to study human behavior has shown punishment is an ineffective means for promoting cooperation among players.