The Blank Slate, Still Intellectual Ammo After 13 Years

Thomas Moorton | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Moorton

Morally the blank slate is indefensible as well as intellectually. Is it better to say that discrimination is wrong because everyone is indistinguishable, or that we have free will because people's actions are mysterious? Well no Dr. Pinker rightly points out.

Love And Loss: I Am Not Okay, But Neuroscience Can Help

Jojo Furnival | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

These were some of the last words I said to my beautiful boyfriend on Thursday afternoon, eyes swollen and soaked with tears, as he seriously debated whether or not to get hit by a car so that he could stay with me in the UK instead of boarding his flight home to Brisbane, Australia.

I Just Found a Small Bit of Popcorn in my Daughter's Bum Cleavage #popcornbum

Jill Finch | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Parents
Jill Finch

It was rediscovered by my husband, ahem, and then quickly forgotten again until daughter was born. Whilst poring over every gorgeous inch of her lovely marshmallowy-soft baby body, we discovered she had inherited a money pocket.

How Curiosity Makes Us Smarter

Araceli Camargo | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

What drives us to become more motivated, creative, or intelligent? These questions have plagued philosophers and scientists for thousands of years and they continue to fuel scientific investigation. Especially now, as we are confronted with increasingly complex problems. However, these questions are just outcomes of something more core, curiosity.

Scientists Hope To Resurrect A Dead Girl Who Wanted To Live Inside A Computer

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Tech

Kim Suozzi died at age 23 from glioblastoma -- a deadly brain tumour. When she died in 2013, she made sure her fight for survival, albeit an unusua...

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 Refugee Crisis and the Spider-Goat: Editing the empathy gap

Bex Felton | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK
Bex Felton

The boundary of Human Possibility is a soft-edged thing, really. It changes for all of us, at different rates, as our personal universes expand and co...

Compassion: Universally Misunderstood

Professor Paul Gilbert OBE | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Paul Gilbert OBE

People can be frightened of compassion because they think it is a weakness or an indulgence. This is largely because they don't understand it and don't recognise the enormous value in realising the causes of suffering, and our own fragility.

The Psychology of 'Doctor Who'

Dr Sarita Robinson | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dr Sarita Robinson

Although the Doctor appears to have a remarkable intellect, the Doctor does show a number of very human failings which might actually remind you of a certain sub-species of human. The Doctor can be grumpy, sulky, indecisive, engage in risky behaviours which place both him and his companions in danger as well as having quite an extreme sense of fashion.

What I Learned About Myself After Half a Year of Digital Detoxing

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Giving up my smartphone was the first step, and several weeks ago I decided to go deeper and declutter my home... I took a radical step and got rid of all tech devices at home, either moving them into my office (they're productivity tools after all, aren't they?) or selling them.

Neuroscience and the Similarities of Gender

Nick Clements | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Tech
Nick Clements

For me, modern neuroscience has thus far identified one definite difference between our brains - on average men's are slightly larger and weigh a little more. This is because men are on average slightly larger and heavier, doh!

Brain_manufacturing: The Perfect Design Based on Brain Activity

Merel Bekking | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Tech
Merel Bekking

I figured, if I really want to make something perfect, the best design in the world, I should exclude the emotions. I'll take a shortcut to perfection by using science instead of taste and personal preference. So if you would say you didn't like it, I could prove you wrong, because science sad so. Wouldn't that be nice?

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 Are We Failing to Fund Mental Health Research?

Sam Crossman | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Tech
Sam Crossman

Many fantastic mental health charities exist, which influence policy, address public attitudes and provide vital support to people living with mental illnesses. However, such organisations rarely finance research and as a result, charitable funding in the mental health sector is virtually non-existent.

Understanding Emotion

Araceli Camargo | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

The truth is that there are still many questions and confusion on the definition of emotion, both from the science and business communities. There is a lot more research that needs to be done to understand their full role and function, however, there is already a lot of compelling research that allows us to form a general picture on what an emotion is.

Turns Out You Don't Have Control Over Any Of The Decisions You Make

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Tech

Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Nigel Farage all have something in common with us -- bad decisions. Yes the level of terribleness differs for each ...

Why We're Chasing Our Tails

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Our mind is always 'flitting'. It's a leftover from the old days when our lives depended on it. Back then if we didn't keep flitting our focus in all directions, something with large teeth would have come up behind us and had us for lunch.

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...

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...

It's Happened...Scientists Are Now Growing BRAINS In Petri Dishes

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists have found a way to grow brain cells using human skin samples. No, this is not the opening line of a science fiction story featuring a f...

Watching 3D Films Can Actually Make You Smarter

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Tech

Watching movies is a pastime that often gets a lot of stick primarily because most of us think it's a mindless activity. Well we have some good ne...

Women Are Not Their Vaginas: On the Feminism of Naomi Wolf

Dr Finn Mackay | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Dr Finn Mackay

Unlike Wolf, I cannot put my faith in an Enlightenment neuro-sexism that sets out to 'prove' that women's brains are pink and men's brains are blue. This is a pseudo-science that creates what it claims to report and diverts attention away from the real truth we should be putting under the microscope.

Why Ireland Should Vote for Marriage Equality

Aaron Vallely | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

The minds of the Irish people have become inflamed by fiery debate on the issue of Marriage Equality. In two weeks, our country takes to the polls to vote on Marriage Equality, and should it pass, could make not only Irish history, but world history, by being the first country to legally enact it by popular vote.

Pavlov's Purple: Why Logos Make Me Hungry

Dr. Margaret Leitch | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Margaret Leitch

The discussion of food cues and appetite is not new. Pavlov could be considered the grandfather of psychology, along with his bells, dogs, and ability to teach animals to salivate to ringing sounds in addition to dinner food.