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Someone famously said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” but the digital age has proven that person a bit dense about the power of distractions. Turns out, it’s the small stuff that chips away at our attention, often imperceptibly fragmenting our focus moment by moment. The science of attention tells us that [...]
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If you believe that the birth order of siblings is a major factor in personality development, you’re not alone. Shelves of popular books have been written on the topic, with titles like The Birth Order Advantage and Born to Rebel and The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way [...]
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Most of us recognize that our thinking features a certain degree of bias. But just how biased our thinking is when compared to the next person – that’s a different story. When it comes to making those comparisons, we are far better at identifying the bias in another’s thinking than we are [...]
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Your brain is always doing something. Even when you think it’s “offline” because you aren’t actively engaging a task or problem, your brain is busy reducing activity in some of its areas and increasing it in others. The question that’s preoccupied neuroscientists is, what’s the goal of all this brain [...]
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Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition for a variety of reasons, including developing high blood pressure and increased risk of stroke. Now a study adds evidence that for men, apnea also increases the likelihood of suffering from depression. Apnea occurs when breathing is interrupted during sleep, limiting oxygen flow to [...]
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If your job requires challenging thinking tasks, your brain may be getting a positive boost that will help prevent memory loss and thinking decline later in life, according to a new study. Adding to an already robust catalog of research showing that thinking-related challenges are exercise for the brain, the latest [...]
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Loneliness accelerates cognitive decline in older adults, says a research team presenting at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington, D.C. The findings build on earlier research indicating that late-life depression is linked with an increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School [...]
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Results from an extensive new study suggest that early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear up to 18 years before the disease is officially diagnosed. Researchers publishing in the journal Neurology gave 2,125 people, average age 73, a test of memory and thinking skills every three years for 18 years. All of [...]
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Painkillers and sedatives are associated with an increased risk of committing homicide, claims a new study, including over-the-counter pain meds we use every day. Researchers in Finland collected data from just under 1000 men and women, all convicted of homicide between 2003 and 2011, and searched out their records in the country’s extensive [...]
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My kids are definitely ice cream-aholics. They are always asking for ice cream or milkshakes of some kind. It really drives me crazy. So I am continually looking for new ways to tame their sweet tooth in a natural, healthy way. This post is actually based off of my Banana-Cashew-Coconut Ice ...
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An “earworm” is a song that won’t stop playing in your head. It’s annoying for sure, and if it goes on too long the effect can be a bit maddening. A new study shows that it’s possible to chew away the earworms with a couple sticks of your favorite gum. How [...]
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According to a new study, those bullied by peers often suffer even worse long-term mental health outcomes than those maltreated by adults early in life. The effects of both sorts of abuse are well-documented, but this is the first study to examine whether bullying, on its own, results in dire psychological [...]
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Science and tech writer working at the intersection of cognition and culture.
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David DiSalvo is a science writer and public education specialist who writes about the intersection of science, technology and culture. His work has appeared in Scientific American MindPsychology TodayForbesThe Wall Street JournalChicago TribuneMental FlossSlateSalonEsquire and other publications, and he is the writer behind the widely read blogs, Neuropsyched, Neuronarrative and The Daily Brain. He is frequently interviewed about science and technology topics, including appearances on NBC Nightly News and CNN Headline News. 
David has also served as a consulting research analyst and communications specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several public and private organizations in the U.S. and abroad. His first non-fiction book, What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, has been translated into 10 languages and is available worldwide. His second nonfiction book, The Brain in Your Kitchen, is available in e-book format at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. His latest book,Brain Changer, is available at all major booksellers. 
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