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5 Surprising, Science-Backed Ways To Get Smarter Today

5 Surprising, Science-Backed Ways To Get Smarter Today | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Your intelligence isn't fixed it's fluid. Here's a handful of ways to improve your brain flow. This fluidity comes from all sorts of things: the way we think about ourselves, the expertise we develop, the people we surround ourselves with. In short, the way we live our lives shapes our minds, in some seriously mysterious ways.


Via Sandeep Gautam
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Don't set limits for yourself. Be smarter today!

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:17 AM

being smart is a choice!!

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If so, I choose to get smarter!

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Porn Insights: Pornhub & Denmark

Porn Insights: Pornhub & Denmark | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

The Pornhub statisticians just can’t seem to quit Scandinavia. After stints in both Norway and Finland, we couldn’t help but be curious about the Pornhub habits of the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Denmark. As a continuation of our quest to unearth porn stats in all corners of the world, we’re digging deep into that Danish Pornhub data to see how the country that brought us LEGO gets down with the best site in the world – let’s get started!

 

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Danish porn consumption statistics: 28% of regular porn viewers are women. Sundays and Mondays are particular popular days to watch porn. Danes appear to be especially interested in national porn with “Danish” as the most popular search term. Katja Kean and Denice Klarskov still appear to be considered beloved national treasures. On average, Danish people spend 8 minutes and 40 seconds per porn session. Porn consumption drops considerably to the lowest over Christmas and New Year, while it increases dramatically to the highest over Easter. Perhaps concepts like “birth” or “surprise pregnancy” put Danes off, while other concepts like “resurrection” or “being raised into glory” facilitate sex drive.  Or conversely, perhaps Danes have more “real” sex over Christmas, but less than average “real” sex due to Easter fasting…?! Interesting numbers for the first country in the world to legalize pornography.

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Psychology TED Talks

Psychology TED Talks | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
A wonderfully diverse collection of psychology related videos from one my all time favorite websites.
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Top TED talks about psychology!

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The 6 Elements of Persuasion (Infographic)

The 6 Elements of Persuasion (Infographic) | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

The word "influencer" gets thrown around a lot in business, but how does the power of the persuasion really work? An infographic from U.K.-based virtual phone service Everreach, explains the elements companies can utilize to impact their customers and get to "yes." The list is based on the teachings of Dr. Robert Cialdini, author of the popular book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. For businesses, the principles of "reciprocity" and "scarcity" are big factors in the persuasion game. Customers feel more inclined to appreciate your business, for instance, when they've been given something personalized or unexpected. In that same vein, they also tend to want things that are scarcer, which is why limited-time offers tend to be a big selling point.

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Persuasion is an art, an acquired skill. Learn it and love it!

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Are men inferior to women? Let's check the data

Are women good, and men bad? How many times have you heard that women are wiser, kinder, more efficient, and just all around superior human beings? A never ending succession of books and news stories suggests they are. AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers looks at the evidence.
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The answer to male supremacy is not female supremacy!

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Underweight models could go to prison under French proposals

Underweight models could go to prison under French proposals | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Italy, Israel and Spain have all passed bills banning the use of ultra-thin models, with France expected to follow suit. The French National Assembly is considering a health reform bill that includes measures to ban designers and labels from using models deemed "too thin" by healthcare standards. Very thin models would be required to prove they have a minimum Body Mass Index (BMI) of 18, with a medical certificate. They would then be subjected to periodic weigh-ins. Models who come in under weight would face fines of up to 75,000 euros, (£55,000) or even prison sentences. Jamie Gavin, founder and managing director of media agency inPress, has welcomed the proposals.

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The idea of restricting the types of models used in the fashion industry may or may not have any lasting effects on population mental health. However, punishing the models themselves seems completely absurd and inappropriate. If anyone should be fined or punished, it must necessarily be the modelling agencies and those responsible for actually driving the industry. How is it possible that Spain, Italy and Israel have already supported this??!

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Christopher L. Baca's comment, April 5, 10:18 PM
I think that the idea of having models not being all “sticks” is a great idea that can boost body positivity in adolescents who then can learn/model themselves after these figures. I do find it a stretch to label a fine onto the employers for hiring models who weigh under a certain amount. This may not directly affect the models, as they won’t get fined, but it will cause the job market for them to dwindle down if they can’t get hired due to the fear that their employers have of being fined.
Courtney Thompson's comment, April 7, 6:20 PM
This is a very interesting proposal. I think that this is a great way to promote healthy living and that you don't have to be "stick" thin to be beautiful, but this is also another form of body shaming. Some women have an extremely hard time gaining weight I know at least 5 women that are very skinny but eat like a full grown man. They shouldn't be seen as ugly, unattractive, or unlawful just because their bodies won't allow them to gain weight.
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Can You Tell If Your Child Is Overweight? Most Parents Can't, Study Finds

Can You Tell If Your Child Is Overweight? Most Parents Can't, Study Finds | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
It’s hard to be objective about your own kid’s weight, and a new study in the British Journal of General Practice shows just how off-target parents can be. Just a fraction of parents with overweight or obese kids felt that their kids actually fell into one of these categories – the vast majority said their children were normal weight. The research took place in the UK, but similar studies have found the same phenomenon in the US, where child obesity is perhaps even more of a concern. The problem is that childhood obesity can pose serious health problems not just in the present but in the future, too. So what we don’t see now may come back to haunt not just us, but our kids.
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As the childhood obesity crisis heightens across the globe, it’s almost sure to affect children's health as adults in the future. While outside initiatives from fast food restaurants and schools may work in part, the real focus should probably be on the habits parents impart on their kids.

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Newsnight will hold a vote on what colour the dress is tonight

Newsnight will hold a vote on what colour the dress is tonight | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

The Dress reached the viral singularity last night, an unstoppable force that trampled all other news in its path. It has transcended internet culture and hit the mainstream, with Ed Miliband giving Labour's official stance on whether it is white and gold or black and blue, and it now set to be the subject of a Newsnight segment. The long-running BBC political show has started taking votes on its colour, the eagerly-anticipated results of which will be revealed at 10.30pm tonight.

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This perplexing mystery has frustrated the world to such a degree that some are now turning to an official vote in order to resolve the issue.

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What is Happiness? Learn How to Be Happy In Life

True joy comes from sharing happiness with those around you. And like a pebble thrown into a pond, it only takes one person to create ripples of happiness. The actions of just one person can impact thousands of people. Are you that one? It starts with you and your happiness, ripples into the lives of others, and becomes a wave of positive change around the world. Pledge your voice to the Happiness Movement, share with others, and see how far your happiness can reach!

 

The happiness movement: http://sandyg17.mylivehappy.com/

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Happy, positive and optimistic people earn higher incomes, set and achieve more aggressive goals, experience less stress, remain calm in high-pressure situations, are more energetic, recover from illness faster, and live longer! Spread happiness today!

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Women who are told that men desire larger-body women are happier with their weight

Women who are told that men desire larger-body women are happier with their weight | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Telling women that men desire larger women who aren't model-thin made women feel better about their own weight in a series of new studies. Results of the three Independent studies suggest a woman's body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer, said a social psychologist and lead researcher on the study. On average, heterosexual women believe that heterosexual men desire ultra-thin women.
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Interventions that alter women's perception regarding men's desires for ideal female body sizes may be effective at improving women's body image.

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Mindfulness May Increase Kids' Math Scores

Mindfulness May Increase Kids' Math Scores | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Fourth and fifth graders who did mindfulness exercises had 15% better math scores than their peers. In adults, mindfulness has been shown to have all kinds of amazing effects throughout the body: it can combat stress, protect your heart, shorten migraines and possibly even extend life. But a new trial published in the journal Developmental Psychology suggests that the effects are also powerful in kids as young as 9—so much so that improving mindfulness showed to improve everything from social skills to math scores.

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Mindfulness programs and practices not only create more academically capable, successful students, but also more caring, less stressed, and kind students.

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Searching for Sex

Searching for Sex | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

ARE you confused by sex? I certainly am. One of the many reasons sex is puzzling is that we lack reliable data. People lie to friends, lovers, doctors, surveys and themselves. Three years ago, when I was a graduate student in economics, I began to write about how new data, particularly Google searches, could give us fresh insights into socially sensitive topics. Since then, many people have asked me to write about sex. I was wary because I wanted to do more research. Now I’m finally ready to report. Call it everything you always wanted to know about sex, but didn’t have the data to ask. Let’s start with the basics. How much sex are we having? Traditional surveys are no good at answering this question.

 

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"Men Google more questions about their sexual organ than any other body part: more than about their lungs, liver, feet, ears, nose, throat and brain combined. Men make more searches asking how to make their penises bigger than how to tune a guitar, make an omelet or change a tire. Women, like men, have questions about their genitals. In fact, they have nearly as many questions about their vaginas as men have about their penises."

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Friends Are Key to Our Happiness, According to Science

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Friends Are Key to Our Happiness, According to Science | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Less stress? A longer life? Friends don't just make life more fun—they have a real, measurable impact on our well-being.

Via Dr. Amy Fuller
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Regular contact with 10 or more friends significantly increases happiness and lengthens life.

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Spouse’s personality influences career success, study finds

Spouse’s personality influences career success, study finds | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

As people spend more and more time in the workplace, it’s natural for co-workers to develop close bonds — what’s often referred to as a “workplace spouse” or an “office wife.” But when it comes to pay raises, promotions and other measures of career success, it’s the husband or wife at home who may be exerting a bigger influence on workplace performance, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

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"Not only your own personality influences the experiences that lead to greater occupational success, but your spouse’s personality matters too!"

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Porn belongs in the classroom, says Danish professor

Porn belongs in the classroom, says Danish professor | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

A leading sexologist in Denmark has called for pornography to be shown in the classroom, claiming that starting a debate about the industry could help teenagers become “conscientious and critical consumers” who are able to tell the difference between pornography and the reality of sexual relationships. Prof Christian Graugaard of Aalborg University caused a furore in Denmark when he suggested on public television that pornography should be shown in schools. This was preferable, he told the Danish public broadcaster DR, to sex education classes that were “boring and technical, where you roll a condom onto a cucumber”. Graugaard’s proposal is not simply following in the long tradition of sexually permissive Scandinavia. It is, he insists, a sensible way of teaching teenagers that pornography is nothing like real sex.

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A tricky issue. Boys have certain very predictable physiological reactions to nudity and sex. Showing porn to teenagers in schools could make an awkward situation all the more awkward. I'm pretty sure the pressing topics can be addressed without all the graphic illustration...

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16 Naughty Facts About Sex

Presenting to you, 16 facts you most likely didn't know about sex.
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A single sperm cell contains 37.5 MB of DNA information. One ejaculation represents a data transfer of 15,875 GB, equivalent to the combined capacity of 62 Macbook Pro laptops.

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The Truth About Photographic Memory

There are people out there who can remember almost every detail of what they did on a random day ten years ago. But is it possible to have an actual photographic memory, whether developed by nature or nurture? Here's the truth.

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Except for a few, but still quite different cases, photographic memory is generally a concept of science fiction rather than a phenomenon observed in science.

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Your Brain Detects Confidence In Voices Faster Than You Can Blink

Your Brain Detects Confidence In Voices Faster Than You Can Blink | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

The researchers identified positive peaks in brain activity in all of the volunteers’ brains after playing about 200 milliseconds of the voice recordings, regardless of confidence level, but confident speech sparked significantly higher peaks of brain activity than unconfident speech. Nearly-confident speech triggered additional brain activity after another 130 milliseconds elapsed, suggesting that it required slightly more time for decoding. What these results indicate is that confident speech grabs the most attention, and demands the highest level of processing speed, from the brains of listeners. And the effect is almost instantaneous; our brains are able to determine whose voice merits the most consideration before we’re even considered what’s being said. “We found that when a speaker is very confident about something, this can be assessed at a very early stage".

 

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The brain detects and assesses confidence in another’s voice in as little as 0.2 seconds!

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20 Insanely Smart and Creative DIY Furniture Hacks to Start Right Now

20 Insanely Smart and Creative DIY Furniture Hacks to Start Right Now | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

We are all passing through these uncertain times with a drop of care and insanity. We have to take our time to meditate, think and create anchors for ourselves and the ones around us. We have found DIY projects as being pieces of this anchor. By slowly upcycling and recycling as much as possible around us we strengthen our belief that small things do matter the most. We are shaping our small world as much as possible. Through simple backyard projects, DIY wall art projects,DIY furniture hacks and paper crafts alike we are becoming more of an individual than we were before. Different is good. Different is better. Be yourself and craft your way to happiness!

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Brilliant!

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain. That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and author of the new book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind.

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Pain is about perception, and perception is about attention. Attention can be distracted, thus perception can be manipulated, and it is possible to actively filter out the experience of pain from consciousness.

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Managing stress and psychosocial risks at work - Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2014-2015

The key task of the 2014--15 campaign, 'Healthy workplaces manage stress', is raising awareness of stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace and encouraging employers, managers and workers and their representatives to work together to manage those risks.

 

Link: https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu

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"Over half of European workers report that stress is common in their workplace. Addressing psychosocial risks at work is the legal and moral obligation of employers, while it also makes great business sense. Preventing and reducing work related stress means detecting workers’ health, improving business performance, and long-term sustainability."

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Why Your Workout Should Be High-Intensity

Why Your Workout Should Be High-Intensity | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Many people with chronic health problems resign themselves to lives of modest activity or no activity at all, thinking vigorous exercise is unsafe or that they lack the stamina for it. But recent studies are proving just the opposite. They are showing that high-intensity exercise may be even better than regular aerobic activities for many patients with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pulmonary disease, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

 

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"The studies strongly suggest that a more demanding but more efficient and often more enjoyable form of exercise known as high-intensity interval training is not only safe for most patients but more effective at preventing or reversing the deficits associated with many chronic ailments."

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How Stress Changes The Brain

How Stress Changes The Brain | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

We tend to think of stress as an immediate problem: The boss hovering over our desks; the mad dash to the subway at the end of a long day. And in the short-term, stress makes us feel irritable, anxious, tense, distracted and forgetful. But that’s only part of the story. Over time, elevated levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, can chip away at our physical, mental and emotional health. The link between chronic stress and the potential for mental health conditions -- such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders -- is well-established. But what kind of changes -- both fleeting and lasting -- are actually taking place in the brain when we experience a stressful event? Here are four ways stress changes your brain.

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It's impossible to add even a minute to a lifetime by being stressed out. But stress may very well take some minutes away - or a lot!

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How Abusive Bosses Can Destroy Teamwork

How Abusive Bosses Can Destroy Teamwork | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Hate your boss? You are not alone! We've all heard the story of the egotistical boss or the one that terrorizes and intimidates employees. There is increasing evidence that there is a clear link between bad leaders and employee health and productivity problems, which is turn, can be a huge liability for organizations. Recent research shows that abusive supervision leads to a variety of negative individual and organizational outcomes such as decreased job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and well-being and increased turnover, burnout, and hostility in the work environment. Most of that research has focused on the impact abusive bosses have on individual employees. Now there is new evidence to show the impact on teams.

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"Employers should be aware of the tremendous costs to individual employee health and well-being caused by abusive bosses, but be doubly aware of the impact they have on team functioning."

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What We Know About Female Ejaculation

It's been a mystery for years, but scientists might have finally figured out female ejaculation!
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Many mysterious things take place in the holy of holies..

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