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Reactions to everyday stressors predict future health

Reactions to everyday stressors predict future health | prediction | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular perception, stressors don't cause health problems -- it's people's reactions to the stressors that determine whether they will suffer health consequences, according to new research.

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The Internet as Hive Mind: Memory and the Cybermind

The Internet as Hive Mind: Memory and the Cybermind | prediction | Scoop.it
No one can remember everything, and the Web can be a great mind-expanding device.

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Pre-Crime Detection System Now Being Tested in the U.S.

Pre-Crime Detection System Now Being Tested in the U.S. | prediction | Scoop.it

The Future Attribute Screening Technology project (FAST) was not dreamed up by Philip K. Dick, but it could have been. Lead by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the initiative aims to use sensor technology to detect cues "indicative of mal-intent," defined by the DHS as intent or desire to cause real harm -- "rapidly, reliably, and remotely." It would be used, they say, to fight terror.


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How the brain controls our habits

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Habits are behaviors wired so deeply in our brains that we perform them automatically. This allows you to follow the same route to work every day without thinking about it, liberating your brain to ponder other things, such as what to make for dinner.

 

However, the brain's executive command center does not completely relinquish control of habitual behavior.


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Your (Virtual) Future Self Wants You To Save Up : NPR

Your (Virtual) Future Self Wants You To Save Up : NPR | prediction | Scoop.it

In fact, when we think about ourselves in the future we actually use the same part of our brain that we use when we think about a stranger. Hershfield and a group of researchers wanted to help young people vividly imagine their own old age, so they recruited college-age men and women, gave them goggles and sent them into a virtual reality laboratory where they encountered a kind of mirror.


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