Your Aging Brain: 3 Misconceptions About “Cognitive Decline”

Cognitive development is an amazing thing. Babies start off understanding very little about the world around them, and largely unable to consciously learn or remember anything. As development continues, we increasingly demonstrate an enormous capacity to learn, communicate, explore, and understand mental and physical aspects of our environments. However it might seem that, at a certain point, cognitive development comes […]

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New Experiences: Awesome or Scary?

What makes someone or something “cool?” It’s a complicated question with several scientific explanations. A large part is explained by the appeal of things that are new and different. New experiences are especially rewarding because they help us gain new physical resources or aid in the development of knowledge, skills, and abilities. There seems to be—across many living creatures—an attraction to the novel […]

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Science Explains What it Means to be “Cool”

What makes someone or something “cool?” Even defining it is a challenge. Wikipedia’s entry on the subject provides some cultural and historical context, and a definition that can serve as a decent starting point: “…an admired aesthetic of attitude, behavior, comportment, appearance and style, influenced by and a product of the Zeitgeist.”   However, the entry continues: “Because of the […]

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