Researchers at Duke University and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio looked specifically at this second phenomenon in a longitudinal neuroimaging study of adolescents, in order to better understand how early life stress contributes to depression.
According to a report by CB Insights updated on October 7, in a race to corner the artificial intelligence market, close to 140 private artificial intelligence companies have been consolidated in the last five years.
Steven Kotler explains the neurochemical changes during flow states that strengthen motivation, creativity and learning. “The brain produces a giant cascade of neurochemistry. You get norepinephrine, dopamine, anandamide, serotonin and endorphins. All five of these are performance enhancing neurochemicals.
According to The New Yorker’s Tad Friend:“Many people in Silicon Valley have become obsessed with the simulation hypothesis, the argument that what we experience as reality is in fact fabricated in a computer.” Because of this, two tech billionaires have gone so far as to secretly engage scientists to work on breaking us out of the simulation.”
A 2012 University of Kansas study found that hiking increases attention spans and creative analytical skills by as much as 50%. The researchers found that exposure to nature can restore prefrontal cortex-mediated executive processes (or higher order cognitive functions) such as selective attention, problem solving, inhibition, and multi-tasking.
Can the season that you were born in affect your personality? New research shows that the season you are born has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders. People born at certain times of year may have a greater chance of developing certain types of affective temperaments, which in turn can lead to mood disorders. Read More: Birth season affects your mood in later life
For decades, Americans struggled through angst-filled and turbulent teenage years only to become happier once they reached the full bloom of adulthood. But that link between age and happiness disappeared in 2010, according to a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science on Nov. 5. Adolescents have become steadily happier while those in their thirties are more miserable.
If you’re going to use take a self-realization trip with Ayahuasca, get to know the facts about it first. Watch this short, informative video.
Study shows that women need more sleep than men for a very good reason – the female brain is more complex (sorry guys).
Best-selling author Steven Kotler recently visited Big Think to discuss the optimization of consciousness through flow states, a key topic in his recently published book, The Rise of Superman. The best way to describe a flow state is to use the example of practically every action movie released since The Matrix. Experiencing flow is similar to being in “bullet time.” Like Keanu Reeves’ Neo (though certainly not on his level), a person in flow obtains the ability to keenly hone their focus on the task at hand so that everything else disappears.
Since marijuana users were 17 times more likely to also smoke cigarettes, researchers speculate that cigarette use may be a more reliable predictor of reduced IQ.
Shu Lam’s discovery offers hope and opens up a whole new avenue for fighting antimicrobial resistance, but it will take quite some time before this translates into real-world use.
A new study indicates that oxytocin might make social interactions more rewarding and pleasurable by stimulating our own cannabinoid system.
Researchers discovered that the risk for feeling lonely is partially due to genetics, but it’s not they primary cause.