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8 Ways To Forget Your Troubles

People have long tried tricks to aid their memories. One of the most useful of these so-called mnemonic devices, I’ve found, involves associating names with word pictures or with other people you know well...

December 23, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Patients Risk Brain Surgery to Fix Shaky Hands

Peter West makes his living working with explosives, but for a long time he did his job despite a terrifying handicap: tremors. His hands would twitch and shake, his head would bob, his speech would become garbled...

December 15, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

An Artist Reveals How He Tricks the Eyes

A few years ago, James Gurney, a celebrated artist and author, stood before his easel to paint a deli in Poughkeepsie. Surveying the scene before him, he was immediately overwhelmed with literally millions of details...

December 13, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Toddlers Stand Up for Property Rights

People are particular about their things. Property—who owns it or did what with it—is the subject of many a legal battle. It’s odd to me how attached people get to objects and how emotional they become when someone messes with their stuff...

November 20, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Understanding Your Mind Is Mission Critical

Guest Blog by Jamil Zaki*Earlier this year, Senator Tom Coburn published a report called “Under the Microscope,” in which he criticized the funding of any research he couldn’t immediately understand as important...

November 8, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Goldie Hawn Plunges into Brain Science

ASPEN. When I arrived at the Aspen Meadows Resort for the Second Annual Aspen Brain Forum last Thursday evening, Goldie Hawn was getting out of a vehicle near the entrance.

September 28, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Forgetting About 9/11

A decade ago, we lived in an apartment tower in Jersey City overlooking the Hudson River. We had a panoramic view of Manhattan—and of planes flying in and out of the nearby airports.

September 1, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Money Can Buy Isolation

Money can bring you happiness, studies show, but not as much as you might think. The richer you get, the happier you get, but the returns diminish after you reach a certain standard of living...

August 15, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

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