We Would Rather Do Anything Than Sit And Think for 15 Minutes

A series of studies, published in the most recent issue of Science, had students ranking sitting in silence and thinking below almost everything else, including self-administering electric shocks. » 7/07/14 3:15am 7/07/14 3:15am

Our ability to pay close attention is both a blessing and a curse

Sometimes paying close attention can cause us to overlook the seemingly obvious. Then again, if we couldn't focus our minds on a single task, we'd never get anything done. » 6/18/13 7:20am 6/18/13 7:20am

Having trouble focusing? Try chewing gum.


The longer the task, the more difficult it is to avoid drifting off. But as a new study from the University of Cardiff has shown, people who chew gum have an enhanced ability to concentrate over extended periods of time, along with the added benefit of quicker reaction times. » 3/13/13 8:20am 3/13/13 8:20am

Radiologists fail miserably on the "Invisible Gorilla Test" when…

Notice anything weird about this lung scan? If you look carefully you'll notice there's A FREAKIN' GORILLA SHAKING HIS FIST in the top right-hand corner! The scan is a play on the famous invisible gorilla experiment, where the most blatantly obvious of things — including those in plain sight — are simply ignored when… » 2/13/13 7:40am 2/13/13 7:40am