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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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

January 29, 2016

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 [...]

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

November 2, 2015

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. Click here to read the article.  

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How to think straight in the age of information overload

October 9, 2015

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? Click here to read the article.  

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

September 23, 2015

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. Click here to read the article.  

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

August 31, 2015

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. Click here to read the article.  

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Why it Is easier to work out to music

August 10, 2015

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. Click here to read the article.  

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How to memorise a symphony

July 16, 2015

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 [...]

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How to switch off at the end of the day

July 9, 2015

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. Click here to read the article.  

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