Learning an instrument increases resilience to any age-related decline in hearing.
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Learning an instrument increases resilience to any age-related decline in hearing.
At the start of the winter semester, I introduced my students to the routine: before each class, they’d silence their phones, get a pouch from the box, and lock their phones in.
What a restless coffee drinker learned from going to circadian-rhythm rehab (a tent in the woods).
Throughout nearly 40 plays, Shakespeare wrote quite a few lines that have since become more easily remembered than forgotten.
Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots.
As a test, Homeland Security officials tried to sneak guns and bombs through TSA checkpoints. They succeeded almost every time.
To-do lists get a lot of flack, but the simple act of planning has some psychological and productivity benefits all by itself.
How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.”
In a new model of living, residents will have their own “microunits” built around a shared living space for cooking, eating and hanging out.
Emotional Intelligence is hardly one-size-fits-all. Here's how to make sure yours, and your teams', stays well-rounded.
Conflicting with your superiors may not be a daily occurrence, but there are times when it’s necessary. Here’s some tips on how to go about it.
Employees like a boss who knows what they’re talking about and understands the business as much as they understand their own role.
Estoril, which was once the wartime home of royalty seeking sanctuary—and the spies who watched them—enjoys an enchanting faded glamour today.
Alex Halberstadt scores a bag of the creamiest, most coveted stuff on earth and ponders a question: can you put a price tag on outstanding dairy?
Most of today’s AI is designed to solve specific problems.
All sophisticated life on the planet Earth may owe its existence to one freakish event.
How to ask better questions.
The more you enjoy your work, the more energy you’ll have to enjoy life. The opposite is also true.
The first three hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity.
The ravages of time—and humanity—have unfortunately left us with mere scraps of their biographies and treatises.
“I honestly just wanted to know why the F train didn’t have clocks. I never expected it to be so complicated.”
“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come… We live everything as it comes, without warning.”
Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?
With a name like Clementine Paddleford, she should have been unforgettable. So why don’t you know who she is?
Let us now celebrate one of our most bountiful outdoor resources: bad advice. And if you listen carefully and act right away, it’s absolutely free!
I find ways to spend time with people I want to learn from, and learn by observing them.
A leading neuroscientist on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack, and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it.
Setting limits for yourself — whether that involves the time you have to work out, the money you have to start a business, or the number of words you can use in a book — often delivers better results than “keeping your options open.”
“When you can’t create you can work.”
Doctors still don’t know what causes it, or how to stop it.
There are way we express our love for one another beyond words, but all are a language of sorts.
Pitching a tent, healing a wound, and finding your way are about the most important things you can learn how to do. They're also the easiest.
Your technical chops may not give you the edge when you’re new to the workforce, but your network might.
From myths to literature to giant squid, here’s how some of our favorite eerie creatures and legends got their start.
Neuroscience is weighing in on physics’ biggest questions.
A few timeless productivity lessons that apply no matter what you’re doing.
An American imprisoned in a British mental asylum became one of the greatest contributors to the English language.
A quick nap before the caffeine kicks in can give you an extra bit of energy that might just be what you need to get through the rest of your day.
We let our minds get in our way too often in life. It’s important not to be your own worst enemy.
"Metabolism" has been twisted and spun to the point where what many of us think about it is not entirely correct, if at all. Let’s straighten some of that out.
From books on history and philosophy to novels and biographies.
“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.”
Delicate and impossible to replicate, su filindeu (or the “threads of God”) is a pasta made of hundreds of tiny strands by a single woman in a hillside town in Sardinia. She’ll make it for you too—if you’re willing to walk 20 miles overnight.
How work schedules, rituals, and writing environments affect the amount and quality of time invested in trying to write.
People are drawn to those who look and act the romanticized role of the leader. But charismatic leadership can have a dark side.
Because some people never outgrow being bullies.
This simple switch flips your perspective for the better.
What makes things cool?
Social Security will pay out nearly $1 trillion in benefits this year. For more than half of all recipients, the payments are more than 50% of their retirement income. But for the eighth year in a row, this critical pay-as-you-go program will take in less in taxes than it pays out in benefits.
The emperor of physics defends his controversial theory of mind.
Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.
When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska—be it a sea otter, polar bear, or humpback whale—veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call. Her necropsies reveal cause of death and causes for concern as climate change frees up new pathogens and other dangers in a vast, thawing north.
Or, if you like, try them all. They work. Science says so.
The work-anywhere, travel-the-world fringe lifestyle is going mainstream–and these apps, services, and events are here to help.
The recipes, tools, and tips you need for the endlessly adaptable one-bite marvel.
Sure, it’s old fashioned. But it’s also nutritional rocket fuel, and athletes are making it taste great. Here’s how.
How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to PTSD.
Prioritizing each part of your workload can help you and your employer see where you make the greatest contribution.
Although income inequality is a constant reality, it has been consistently increasing in the United States for the past half century.
Sometimes we make logical decisions. But there are many times when we make emotional, irrational, and confusing choices.
“And it is so simple… You will instantly find how to live.”
Every year, more than 500 Americans will be struck by lightning—and roughly 90 percent of them will survive. Though they remain among the living, their minds and bodies will be instantly, fundamentally altered in ways that still leave scientists scratching their heads.
Face-to-face interactions and positive relationships have long been seen as beneficial, but the digital world of social media may be having the opposite effect.
A guide to getting off the couch, no matter how much you might resist it.
More than a century ago, Christian fundamentalists invented cereal to promote a healthy lifestyle free of sin. Little did they know, their creation would eventually be used to promote everything from radio and cartoons to Mr. T and tooth decay.
We’ve been taught for years that as long as you hit the gym you can hit the buffet line and still lose weight. But there’s plenty of science out there to prove this statement false.
How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.
“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.”
A bookstore clerk reads through King’s deception, kicking off the final chapter in the story of Richard Bachman.
One of the most dense and culturally diverse places in the United States is the small island at the center of New York City. Here’s some history on the many neighborhoods, districts, and locations that make up Manhattan.
Stuck in his research, a cosmologist finds a hint in an intricate drawing.
The despair from comparing ourselves with others is the original fake news. We need to develop a new relationship with our thoughts.
“Bravery is always more intelligent than fear, since it is built on the foundation of what one knows about oneself: the knowledge of one’s strength and capacity, of one’s passion.”
The secret to ultimate fitness isn't all that complicated—just spend a month outside, hiking eight hours per day. Kyle Boelte breaks down how his body evolved into an efficient, fat-burning, testosterone-fueled machine over 29 days on the Colorado Trail.
How to nurture a love that “would stand as a firm wall,” that “won’t let you fall, and it gives warmth.”
How well do you recognize and understand your emotions? What about the emotions of those around you?
Knowing your deal-breakers can help you know the right relationship when you see it.
As our writer cheered on his three-year-old at the Strider Cup in Texas—a merciless race replete with tears, anxiety, and elation—he had one question: Is intense competition good for the tiniest of competitors?
Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make these common flubs.