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This is your brain on information overload

With more and more information at our fingertips, the human brain is constantly sorting and filing an overwhelming amount of data…

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A Question of Consequence

It might be said that the most important question in business is “What is the other guy thinking?” Whether you’re Amazon, OPEC or Burger King, so much comes down to the answer.

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A neuroscientist shares a 10-minute trick to boost your productivity

I’ve been absolutely amazed by how much more productive and creative I am with Pandora’s Mozart or “classical guitar” station playing quietly in the background.

Curious as to what exactly was going on in my brain during these listening sessions, I reached out to Daniel Levitin, a cognitive neuroscientist and the author of “This is Your Brain on Music.”

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How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed

You’re not at your best when you’re stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion.

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How to think straight in the age of information overload

Here’s a figure to boggle the mind: we consume about 74 gigabytes — nine DVDs worth — of data every day. It’s amazing we’re able to process and make sense of it all. So how do you think straight in the age of information overload?

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Why it’s so hard to pay attention, explained by science.

Today, each of us individually generates more information than ever before in human history. Our world is now awash in an unprecedented volume of data. The trouble is, our brains haven’t evolved to be able to process it all.

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Here’s how music influences your workout, according to science

Why does it tend to feel like you get a better workout in when you put music to your exercise? It turns out that your favorite gym-time jams may act as natural pain relievers and help you to move faster without you even realizing it.

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Why it Is easier to work out to music

Gym goers have known for years that working out is easier to music. Now scientists think they know the reason why – it seems listening to our favourite tunes helps reduce pain.

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How to memorise a symphony

A musician’s ability to remember vast quantities of notes is one of the great wonders of the human mind. As the Aurora Orchestra prepares to play Beethoven off by heart at the Proms, neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how the brain makes music happen – and why he can’t get Elvis Costello out of his head…

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How to switch off at the end of the day

Mobile devices were meant to free us from the office, but technology has long ago killed the nine-to-five working day and left us mentally tethered to our desks, 24/7, instead.

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