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There’s Been a Revolution in Board Games. Board Games? Yes, Board Games.

There’s Been a Revolution in Board Games. Board Games? Yes, Board Games. | Motivation: Research & Application | Scoop.it
In the lobby of a Sheraton Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York, one Wednesday afternoon this spring, Rob Daviau carefully organized a pile of tiny wooden
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At one end we have highly constrained board games which return to their initial state each time (Monopoly, Risk...). At the other end we have unconstrained role-playing games which evolve and change over time (AD&D, Runequest...). There are some interesting developments in the space in between these - board games that evolve! Exciting times...

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You’re More Likely to Exercise if You Have a Sense of Purpose

You’re More Likely to Exercise if You Have a Sense of Purpose | Motivation: Research & Application | Scoop.it
People who have purpose in life are more physically active, a new study suggests.
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One of the study authors gives thus explanation for why having a strong sense of purpose may lead to a greater engagement in healthy behaviours including running: "Healthy behaviors, like physical activity, are not inherently pleasurable for all people, but connecting physical activity to one’s innermost values and goals may increase the likelihood that people engage in these behaviors on a regular basis."
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There’s Been a Revolution in Board Games. Board Games? Yes, Board Games.

There’s Been a Revolution in Board Games. Board Games? Yes, Board Games. | Motivation: Research & Application | Scoop.it
In the lobby of a Sheraton Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York, one Wednesday afternoon this spring, Rob Daviau carefully organized a pile of tiny wooden
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At one end we have highly constrained board games which return to their initial state each time (Monopoly, Risk...). At the other end we have unconstrained role-playing games which evolve and change over time (AD&D, Runequest...). There are some interesting developments in the space in between these - board games that evolve! Exciting times...

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What a 'flipped' classroom looks like

Clintondale High, just outside of Detroit, is the nation's first completely flipped school, meaning teachers record lectures for students to watch onlin
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How Pokemon Go turned couch potatoes into fitness fanatics without them even realising it

How Pokemon Go turned couch potatoes into fitness fanatics without them even realising it | Motivation: Research & Application | Scoop.it
The minds of Pokemon trainers have been manipulated using basic behavioural science.
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Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Cognitive bias cheat sheet | Motivation: Research & Application | Scoop.it
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There is an increasing number of supposed 'cognitive biases' described in pop science. They do not readily fit into peer-reviewed theories of cognition and behaviour. However, this article provides a comprehensive review of cognitive biases and offers a useful taxonomy and classification to help structure their nature and influence. 

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Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain? | Motivation: Research & Application | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists compared the neurological impacts of different types of exercise in rats: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training.
Via Sandeep Gautam
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The study suggests that 'stress' prevents the potential benefits from exercise. In their study the weight training and high intensity training produced more physical/physiological stress than the running condition.

 

If we define stress as 'uncontrollable aversive stimulation' then it is not a surprising finding.  Whether weight training and HIT also produce increased physiological challenge in humans is not necessarily universally true and probably depends on an individual's approach. Nevertheless, a primary message we can take from this is to balance how much stress your training is having on your body... and always remember to keep smiling...

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 19, 2016 9:00 AM
Confirms my hunch that those who pump weights are less brainier overall:-)
Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 22, 2016 2:35 AM
Confirms my hunch that those who pump weights are less brainier overall:-)
Ferran Suay's curator insight, July 24, 2017 4:56 AM
Exercise and the brain
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How Sitting Is Killing Us

How Sitting Is Killing Us | Motivation: Research & Application | Scoop.it
We spend most of our days on our behinds, and that's taking a toll on everything from our health to our mood and creativity
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Motivation: You’re Doing It Wrong. | Nerd Fitness

Motivation: You’re Doing It Wrong. | Nerd Fitness | Motivation: Research & Application | Scoop.it
Dear motivation, I owe you an apology. I've been pretty hard on you lately, and it's not entirely your fault. You see, most people use you as an excuse or
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