Aphantasia: the rare brain condition that darkens the mind’s eye

A new study provides validation for the recently identified phenomenon.

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  • Aphantasia, a recently identified psychological phenomenon, describes when people can't conjure visualizations in their mind's eye.
  • A new study published in Cortex compared the visual memories of aphantasic participants with a group of controls.
  • Its results found experimental validation for the condition.
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By the age of 3, children appreciate nature's fractal patterns

Fractal patterns are noticed by people of all ages, even small children, and have significant calming effects.

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  • A new study from the University of Oregon found that, by the age of three, children understand and prefer nature's fractal patterns.
  • A "fractal" is a pattern that the laws of nature repeat at different scales. Exact fractals are ordered in such a way that the same basic pattern repeats exactly at every scale, like the growth spiral of a plant, for example.
  • Separate studies have proven that exposure to fractal patterns in nature can reduce your stress levels significantly.
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California cave art linked to early use of hallucinogens

The Chumash people poked bits of psychoactive plants into cave ceilings next to their paintings.

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  • Mysterious pinwheel paintings in a California cave are probably representations of the hallucinogen Datura wrightii.
  • The paintings were made by the Chumash people 400 years ago.
  • This is the first definitive connection between cave painting and hallucinogens.
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This pen could be the key to remembering more and retaining information better

Handwriting has been shown to have more benefits for memory than typing.

  • Recent research found that we retain information better when writing by hand, rather than typing.
  • A combination of written notes and digital files is ideal for the modern world.
  • The motion-tracking sensor in this pen transforms your handwriting into digital text so you get the best of both worlds.
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Get lifetime access to over 3 million design assets for under $50

You'll never have to pay for an image again.

  • Stock photo websites can be expensive, costing thousands of dollars per year.
  • Paying designers for logos and brochure icons is also a pricy proposition.
  • Fortunately, there are low-cost, high-quality sites to get all the photos and icons you need.
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