Brain

Are You Leading (and Living) From the Most Useful Part of Your Brain?

David Mochel | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

The skill of dropping a ruminative cycle about what is wrong and putting attention on what is possible and what works is invaluable in any circumstance. When it comes to taking useful action, you can count on your survival brain to produce convincing reasons to procrastinate.

Staying Sane in the New World

Ruby Wax | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I started my journey to publicise the book in New York. Everyone tells me they love New York, to me it's a gang rape on the senses. I want to confess war crimes after being kept up all night listening to trash trucks clanging. I took the subway late one night after a show, waited two hours for the right train and witnessed bedlam; feral people were howling like wolves...

Finally, A Scientific Explanation For Stupidity...

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

High intellect may not be down to education and good genes alone, scientists have discovered a virus that may cause stupidity. American scientists ...

This Test Will Reveal How Quickly Your Brain Is Ageing

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When we look in the mirror, wrinkles and grey hairs reveal how quickly we're ageing on the outside, but how can we tell the speed with which we're age...

Magic Mushrooms Make Your Brain Do This

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK

This is what your brain looks like when you’re tripping on magic mushrooms. The remarkable graphic on the right was created using fMRI imaging o...

Why Short People Are More Likely To Die From Dementia

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Being short increases your chances of dying from dementia, according to a new health study. Scientists analysed 18 population studies with more tha...

How To Check If Your Brain Is Ageing Too Fast

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A health pilot scheme offering dementia checks to middle-aged people is to launch over the next 18 months, giving people the chance to take action if ...

Finally, Scientific Proof You Should Work Less

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

At last, there's scientific evidence that working for umpteen hours each day is bad for you. (Which is a bit of a No Sh*t, Sherlock). A new study h...

This Man's Brain Surgery Cured Him Of His Fear Of Spiders

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If the mere thought of spiders sends shivers down your spine then removing a section of your brain could help. (Although we probably wouldn't recommen...

Could Chocolate Improve Your Memory?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If ever we needed a reason to up our hot chocolate intake this winter - or any other form of cocoa-filled food for that matter - then now we have it. ...

How Porn May Permanently Affect Your Brain

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Men today can see more hot ladies in an hour than their predecessors did in a lifetime. Technology may have changed, but the male brain hasn’t, s...

Sex Or Food? This Is How Most Men Would Answer...

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Would you rather have a bacon sandwich or sex? If you're a man, you'll most likely choose the latter. That's according to new research which sugge...

Is TV Making You Fat?

Karen Pine | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

This week a government body finally woke up to the fact that TV makes us fat. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is drafting recommendations that people cut down on their TV consumption. Having ditched the box myself ten years ago, I wonder why it took them so long to switch on to something so obvious.

On Stigma

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It's the only illness where you get - absolutely free with the package - a real sense of shame. I've heard people say, "I know people with real diseases, show me lumps show me X-Rays", and of course you can't so you begin to feel bombarded with self-disgust thinking," I'm not being carpet-bombed, I'm not living in a Township, how dare I, who has everything, be depressed?"

How Your Brain, Not Those Curly Fries, Is To Blame For Weight Gain

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

After years of blaming fatty and sugary foods for being addictive and making you eat more, a new study has suggested that this may not be the case aft...

Brian Cox and Me

Ruby Wax | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I'm placed next to Brain Cox and something inside me wilts because I know I am sitting next to a superior being and he will soon find out I'm a two-celled worm... This is my trigger, if I'm near someone that smart, I tailspin into the interior pre-recorded CD made in childhood that goes something like this, "You're a total idiot and people will find out that you're an idiot."

Under Siege

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I feel under siege, everything feels like an emergency from the fear we're on the cusp of a World War to the fact I missed my dentist appointment and he's going to charge me for it. Why am I so strung out? I'm sure in the past I wasn't this panicked...

This Affects Whether Or Not You Have An Eeyore View Of The World

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you're a glass half empty kind of person, it might be because your brain is telling you to expect the worst. Scientists believe the habenula, ...

When Is It Time to Dive In?

Sonja Lewis | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

When is it time to dive in? Recently, in the case of one London man who saw another floundering in the Thames, the answer was clear. After trying to help from the riverside to no avail, he took the plunge, even though he didn't consider himself a strong swimmer and remembered Emergency Services' general advice to wait for them.

10 Reasons Not To Trust Your Memory

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Ever been in the middle of telling a story to a group of friends when you think: 'wait, did I dream this?'. That's because your mind is a sneaky li...

Think You Use Only 10% Of Your Brain? You're Wrong

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The brain is a magical organ. But it turns out that the average Joe (or Josephine) knows pretty much nothing about it. Or, at least, much of what we t...

Babies Ate My Brain

Amy C | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy C

The toddler is napping, the baby is sat contentedly chewing your car keys and you're washing up. The house is calm for a rare and brief moment. Then suddenly your husband throws a curveball...

What Is Epilepsy?

Christophe Bernard | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christophe Bernard

Epilepsy is the most frequent neurological disorder after migraine. It affects 1-2% of the world population. Thirty percent of patients with epilepsy are resistant to treatments. But what is a seizure? This question has been an enigma for patients, their relatives, researchers, and doctors for centuries.

The Closer to Genius, the Closer to Insanity?

Maria Senise | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

I can say with confidence that I'm losing many of my cognitive abilities. If you need someone to help you remember something, don't ask me; I am most definitely not your girl. My fiancé has learned not to start any question with, "Do you remember...," because the answer will always inevitably be no.

How Blood Pressure Affects Your Brain

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Changes in blood pressure during middle age may affect a person's risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia later in life, research has shown. ...