The Science of Inspiration (and How to Make It Work for You)

Inspiration is fickle and difficult. We all strive for those bright "Aha!" moments, whether we work in a creative or logical field. While it's not a process you can control entirely, there are ways to enable and encourage your brain to have more of those epiphanies when you understand how they work. » 11/20/13 9:41am 11/20/13 9:41am

The Science Behind Why Breakups Suck (and What You Can Do About It)

Love feels like the greatest thing in the world... until it ends. When it does, we stop functioning at our full capacity. We lose motivation, find challenges insurmountable, and sometimes feel like we won’t love again. Fortunately, several studies have uncovered the root of why breakups just plain suck—and what you… » 11/12/13 6:22pm 11/12/13 6:22pm

Top 10 Ways to Perfect Your Daily Routine with the Power of Science

Science is awesome. It explains how birds can fly, why the sky is blue, and how gravity works. However, you can also use science to perfect the tiny details of your everyday life—from sleeping better to working smarter and even cooking better food. Here are 10 ways sciences teaches us how to improve our daily lives. » 7/20/13 3:17pm 7/20/13 3:17pm

The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)

You've seen inspirational quotes that encourage you to get out and do something strange—something you wouldn't normally do—but getting out of your routine just takes so much work. There's actually a lot of science that explains why it's so hard to break out of your comfort zone, and why it's good for you when you do… » 7/04/13 10:33am 7/04/13 10:33am

Drinking too much too fast? Check the shape of your glass.

Here's some barroom banter-material for the three day weekend: psychologists at the University of Bristol have shown that "young, healthy people" (students and faculty from the University) drank beer faster when it was served up in a curved flute glass (pictured on the right) than they did when it was served to them… » 8/31/12 9:46am 8/31/12 9:46am

Why The Left-Brain Right-Brain Myth Will Probably Never Die

The myth of the logical left hemisphere and the creative right hemisphere has become a powerful and useful metaphor for understanding the human brain. But while this notion is not entirely unfounded, it's one that psychologist Christian Jarrett says we should challenge. Find out what the left-brain/right-brain model… » 7/05/12 11:08am 7/05/12 11:08am

Five Embodied Metaphors That Actually Foster Creative Thinking

People often describe creative thinking in the form of metaphors. We talk about "thinking outside the box," "putting two and two together," and "seeing both sides of the problem." But what if we could boost our creativity by taking these metaphors literally? We know our minds interact in all sorts of interesting ways… » 4/27/12 7:20am 4/27/12 7:20am