Brain

On Death

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

At New Year's Eve I'm already writing my epitaph. While everyone around me is popping balloons, I'm thinking I'm one year closer to my end and at that point usually start looking for a handy Xanax. If someone says they don't think about it, they're lying - otherwise we'd have no fear and all fear stems from the sense that our survival is threatened.

Five Motivational Tips to Improve Memory

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

Make sure you spend more time applying yourself to the task of improving your memory than telling yourself you cannot do it. Memory relies on repetition, so repeat the learning bit not the calamitous bit.

Walk-In Centres for You

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I've had walk-in centres before - during a run I did in the West End about five years ago and it was fantastic to behold. People were so grateful and relieved to at last make contact with someone who could offer help and an understanding of what they were going through.

Why Do We Use So Much Energy to Hide What's Really on Our Minds?

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

If people knew what you were thinking would it be such a disaster? When we're kids it's fine to be honest: if you don't like someone you literally throw mud at them and tell them you never want to play with them again. As an adult you try that, you'll get sued.

Feeling Less Sure Of Your Own Intelligence? You Can Blame The Internet For That

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Tech

A study by the University of Waterloo has found that the internet is doing something rather disturbing to our self-confidence. Our reliance on the ...

November 24th and 25th - Budget Day

Ruby Wax | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I can't get it in my head that politicians can't get it in their heads that most of our 21st Century woes are caused by mental illness; crime, addictions, disease, rape, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse is caused by something that is mentally misfiring in our brains.

Why Having Strong Legs Could Keep Your Brain Young

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Strong legs have been linked to a healthy brain that resists the effects of ageing, a new study shows. Researchers discovered a "protective relatio...

Why I Get on the Train

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Every time I run for my train that's taking off five minutes ago (I get an adrenaline high whenever I just make it), I think, "Why am I doing this?" And every night when the audience and I have a discussion after the interval, I remember why...

You Are My Tribe

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

So after my little trip to Burning Man, New Zealand and Cape Town I've come back to London. Don't worry - I'm whipping myself with guilt how lucky I am to have gotten that kind of gig. I worked in two out of the three...

Parkinson's Drug Trial Helps Patients Walk And Talk Again

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A drug used to treat leukaemia has been shown to improve cognitive function and physical movement in patients with Parkinson's disease. The small c...

Immune Cells In Brain Could Offer Clue To Preventing Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists have discovered a way to diagnose early onset of schizophrenia, which would enable them to offer treatment to patients before symptoms beco...

From the Land of Hobbits to the Heart of Wisdom

Ruby Wax | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I wish this were my life, being fed by beautiful men, in the presence of great minds discussing new and better ways to live and hopefully change the world. I had these type of discussions when I was 18 when I was hopeful and then never again but here's the spark and hopefully some day all this might come to fruition and I can say I was there.

Scientists Say They Changed People's Feelings About God And Immigrants Using Magnets

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Tech

Society's key belief systems including those centred around religion, can be altered using magnetic energy scientists have claimed in a new study. ...

On Burning Man

Ruby Wax | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

So much to choose from - the fruit, donuts and balls sex exhibition party, naked pub crawls, kundalini cooking classes, the orgasmatron experience, slut Olympics, booty shines, workshops on how to turn your panties into a face mask, male stripping, spanking at Spankies and - my favorite - the strap-a-thon in Beavertown for women and transgender people only.

31 Questions to Give Your Brain a Workout

Johnny Rich | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Tech
Johnny Rich

The result was the following. A list of what I called 'ponderables' - 31 questions that will get you thinking about some of life's unknowables. That's one a day for you for the next month. Use them to give your brain a stretch on the way to work or to shoot the breeze with colleagues.

Why Memory Competitions Aren't Memorable

Nelson Charles Dellis | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Tech
Nelson Charles Dellis

In a world where there's a competition for practically every single oddity, for some reason memory competitions (the one you might think to be the most relevant to the ordinary person) get no love. Why?

The Cheating Kind, Hold That Thought and Love, Actually

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Readers may be aware by now that I had a great affection for my late father and we got on very well. My father came from a large family- he was the eldest of thirteen brothers and one sister.

It Has Finally Happened, Scientists Have Grown A Human Brain

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists have grown an almost fully-formed brain in the lab that has the maturity of a 5-week-old fetus. Formed from skin cells it is estimated t...

The Effects of Stress on the Brain (and Why There Was No Lion) at Latitude Festival

Carmine Pariante | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Tech
Carmine Pariante

So, how does stress affect the brain? We seem to forget - certainly the audience was surprised to hear - that the stress response is an automatic survival response, designed to save our lives during life-threatening situations.

Why A Simple Game Of Tetris Could Help Reduce The Risk Of PTSD

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Tech

The small, brightly coloured Tetris squares could one day become the building blocks of robust mental health, according to new research from the Medic...

Me and the Dalai Lama (I've Never Said That Before...)

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

So, I went to Australia to meet the Dalai Lama, as you do. I was asked to speak at a conference called, "Happiness And Its Causes", like I know? I told them this was not my specialty as I am a cynic but they held out the Dalai Lama as bait, and I bit...

Science Just Unlocked The Key To Reading People's Minds

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists are now able to read people's minds using MRI images of the brain that show specific patterns of neural activity. In an experiment condu...

The Brain During An Argument - Which Side Are You?

Karen Young | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Young

Research has made it clear that the way we argue carries more heft in determining relationship quality than whether or not we argue, or how much. Fighting filthy will bring a relationship undone. Fighting fair will keep the connection close and intact.

Logging Into Your Email Using Just Your Brainwaves Is Now Possible, Apparently

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Tech

Passwords have become a common cause of woe in our hyper connected world of multiple accounts and devices, partly because of our inability to remember...

This Brain Altering Gadget Quite Literally Zaps You Into A Good Mood

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Tech

Achieving calm in the eye of a storm usually takes some serious mental power and even then, it's not always possible. Well a new gadget Thync, whic...