Musical training makes your brain better at paying attention

Oh so THAT’S what I was missing!

Movies and shows may help people with attachment issues better navigate their own relationships

Any study that mentions The Office is a good study in my book.

The genders kill differently — and one paper proposes it’s because of our ancient roles

I do like this theory.

Creativity hinges on churning as many ideas out as possible — then taking a break

It doesn’t matter if your ideas suck — get more of them!

Poor sleep might make you more likely to procrastinate

Getting poor sleep doesn’t replenish us properly. Consequently, we don’t have enough mental resources to stay focused on our goals.

Time flies as we age because our brains get bigger and less efficient, a new paper proposes

‘Clock time’ is not the same as ‘mind time’.

Paying attention shuts down ‘brain noise’ that isn’t related to what we’re looking for

You can miss the forest for the trees, or the trees for the forest.

New research identifies the ‘taste center’ of our brains

Sweet!

New neurofeedback system helps people manage arousal and maintain peak performance

Begone, stress!

Your eyes give you away when you’re making a mistake — but only for certain kinds of mistakes

The eyes never lie.

Green tea and carrot compounds reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice

Spatial memory improved in mice after a special three-month diet.

People learn to predict which words come after ‘um’ in a conversation — but not with foreigners

Assuming they’re paying attention, of course.

DNA study shows Placebo (and Nocebo) can affect your body at a molecular level

We should pay great attention to the mindset we place ourselves in. It could very well change our life for the better — or for the worse.

Art-integrated science lessons make some students ‘learn at 105%’, new study finds

That’s not a typo. The authors were surprised, too.

Our social brains handle environmental issues poorly — “You can’t kiss and make up with the environment,” researchers say

“Terms like ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘green’ encourage the view that objects, behaviors and decisions with these labels are ‘good’ rather than ‘less bad’ for the environment,” says co-author Dr Linda Langeborg.

Researchers map how our sensitivity to emotions change over time

In a bout of positive news, people are very good at spotting happiness throughout their lives. Anger and fear, not so much.

If you want to be creative, turn the music off, new research reveals

Ugh, rude.

The brains of singing mice might hold the secret of how we engage in conversation

I’d describe most of my conversations as ‘hostage situations’.

You can’t make up for lost sleep on the weekend — not if you want to stay healthy

Sorry, college freshmen.

Go to the park, it’s good for you — and makes you happier

If nothing else, it’s free entertainment!