How the brain creates the ‘buzz’ that helps ideas spread

How do ideas spread? What messages will go viral on social media, and can this be predicted?

Understanding & integrating different learning styles

Educators have tried to boost learning by focusing on differences in learning styles. Management consultants tout the impact that different...

To learn better, take a nap (and don’t forget to dream)

People who take a nap and dream about a task they’ve just learned perform it better upon waking than those who don’t sleep at all, or those who sleep but don’t dream.

Going with your gut: Making decisions based on instinct

For centuries, scientists have studied how we go about the difficult task of choosing A or B, left or right, North or South – and how both instinct and intellect figure into the process.

A positive mood allows you to think more creatively

People who watch funny videos on the internet at work aren’t necessarily wasting time.

Visual learners convert words to pictures in the brain and vice versa

People who consider themselves visual learners, as opposed to verbal learners, have a tendency to convert linguistically presented information into a visual mental representation.

What makes creativity tick?

A team of researchers led by a Michigan State University neuroscientist has created a quick but reliable test that can measure a person’s...

How to prime yourself for more ‘Aha!’ moments

Why do “Aha!” moments sometimes come easily – and sometimes not at all?

How your brain structure corresponds to personality

Psychological scientists have found that the size of different parts of people’s brains correspond to their personalities; for example, conscientious people tend to have a bigger lateral prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain involved in planning and controlling behavior.

Go with your gut: Intuition is more than just a hunch

Most of us experience ‘gut feelings’ we can’t explain, such as instantly loving — or hating — a new property when we’re house-hunting or the snap judgments we make on meeting new people.

How some people always find a way to win

Whether it’s sports, poker or the high-stakes world of business, there are those who always find a way to win when there’s money on the table.

A few peeks at how nonconformists achieve success

Iconoclasts are individuals who do things that others say can’t be done.

Scientists search for the source of creativity

Calling it a ‘right brain’ phenomenon is too simple, researchers say It takes two to tango. Two hemispheres of your brain, that is. USC...

Brain battles over short-term rewards, long-term goals

If it feels like one part of your brain is battling another, it probably is, according to a study published in Science.

Aha! Neuroscientists reveal creative brain processes

While these creative or “Aha!” moments often are associated with scientific discoveries and inventions, most people occasionally feel the thrill of insight when a solution that had eluded them suddenly becomes obvious.

Might lefties and righties benefit differently from a power nap?

People who like to nap say it helps them focus their minds post a little shut eye. Now, a study may have found evidence to support that notion.

Extraverted? That may influence how your brain makes choices

Extraversion does not just explain differences between how people act at social events. How extraverted you are may influence how the brain makes choices — specifically whether you choose an immediate or delayed reward, according to a study.

Reward-driven people win more, even when no reward at stake

Whether it’s for money, marbles or chalk, the brains of reward-driven people keep their game faces on, helping them win at every step of the way. Surprisingly, they win most often when there is no reward.

Improve your decision-making by not doing anything

“Decision making isn’t always easy, and sometimes we make errors on seemingly trivial tasks, especially if multiple sources of information compete for our attention,” said author Tobias Teichert, PhD.