A lunch-time meditation club at a North Philadelphia elementary school encourages third- and fourth-graders to take part in mindfulness exercises.
According to a new study, that's the frequency of electric current that, when sent to the frontal cortex via electrodes, best induced sleeping test subjects to become aware of their dream state. (Lower and higher frequencies had little effect.)
Experiments with people wearing blindfolds demonstrated that "what we normally perceive of as sight is really as much a function of our brains as our eyes," says one researcher.
New research suggests that the "automaton-like" nature of the typical immersive video game avatar can desensitize players to their own pain and that of others, regardless of the level of violence in the game.
Dutch design school graduate Alejo Bernal created a toy car that can be driven using a commercially-available EEG headset. The amount of concentration required to move it could provide exercise for those with attention deficit disorders.
Several studies note that people working in a particular environment -- the classroom, the office -- can be affected by the sounds and smells around them. Now researchers and others are investigating ways to use this information for the public good.
In 2010, Duke researchers scored infants according to their innate number sense. Three years later, further tests show a correlation between those scores and mathematical aptitude: The higher the score, the better the skill.
People who seek out -- or, in the case of this Technical University of Munich study, act out -- positions of power tend to gain more resolve to pursue their goals than those who don't.
Researchers conducted a taste-testing experiment in which participants consumed single-malt Scotch in specially-designed rooms labeled "grassy," "sweet," and "woody." They claimed the taste was different in each room.
Researchers found that looking at lots of food photos, such as those posted on Instagram or Pinterest, lessened the viewer's desire for certain foods over time.
A study claims that, compared to nonfiction and popular fiction, literary fiction engages the reader in a type of social interaction with the characters, requiring them to work harder to infer their motives and feelings.
A pair of MIT doctoral candidates came up with a way to reduce excessive Internet usage by creating a keyboard accessory called, unsurprisingly, "Pavlov Poke."
Five guidelines for navigating the Internet from the great 19th-century liberal individualist.
The tools that philosophers use are also tools for everyday life.
The legal system is ill equipped to render justice in the tragic death of a young black man.