Using Psychology to Win at Wordle

Applying heuristics or rules of thumb can help you solve word problems like Wordle. The study of heuristics falls under cognitive psychology, the science of thinking. Heuristics don't guarantee a solution, but they can help you find one more efficiently. I’m not good at word puzzles, not good at all....
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The Physiology of Driving at Night

Human beings have evolved to be only mediocre at the popular nighttime activity of sleeping. And driving is even more difficult. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, during 2019, about 51 percent of fatal auto crashes occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. This is despite the fact that traffic volume falls off radically late at night and early in the morning. Why are the dark hours so deadly? The answers touch on psychology, optometry, ophthalmology, gerontology, and maybe a dozen other disciplines that smart people spend lifetimes studying.
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New psychology research uncovers a “hidden source” of regret

Regret is an important emotion for the study of human decision-making. New research published in Psychological Science found that being able to observe our forgone alternatives (as opposed to them being uncertain or unknown) may reduce the feelings of regret associated with our decisions. “Regret has been described as a...

As it happened: Heard lawyers decide not to call Depp as witness

Amber Heard's legal team has called their next witness to the stand: Kathryn Arnold, an entertainment consultant. A source close to Amber Heard has confirmed that her team will no longer call Johnny Depp to the witness stand so we are pausing our live coverage. Want to catch up on...

Even in the operating room, team chemistry matters, study finds

From flying a plane to swinging on a trapeze, there are plenty of high performance jobs where people must work closely together without making mistakes. Research into psychology and organizations has mostly concluded that the presence of positive emotions among team members generally improves performance across a range of occupations.

The Best Pet for You and Your Home

Are you interested in becoming a first-time pet parent? Make your way through our starter pack. This content was created independently by our editorial team and generously underwritten by the Toyota Corolla Cross. Pets can add so much joy to a home — but with any living creature comes some...

If you can give yourself goosebumps, your brain might be special

It might sound like a bit of a lame superpower, but the ability yourself goosebumps can have some unexpected benefits. Yep, some of us can raise their own body hair whenever they want - though we haven't got to the bottom of why you'd want to yet - and not just unconsciously when cold, afraid or aroused. A landmark study, which was released prior to peer review, involved 32 participants who can give themselves goosebumps.It found that nearly three quarters of them said they deliberately triggered goosebumps to heighten emotional experiences, while engaged in activities like sex, listening to music...

Study finds no structural changes to brain from mindfulness practice

Meditation and other mindfulness practices may improve your attention, but they won't lead to structural changes in your brain in the short-term, according to a new study. Previous studies have shown that learning new skills, aerobic exercise and balance training could trigger changes in the brain, and some research has suggested that mindfulness regimens could do the same.

Turns Out, Meditating Probably Can’t Change Your Brain Structure In Just Two Months

Contrary to previous studies, new research has suggested that meditation does not have the power to spark structural brain change within just a matter of weeks. In the new study, published in the journal Science Advances, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison tested the idea of whether an eight-week mindfulness course could induce physical changes in the brain.

Danai Gurira on Her High-Stakes Turn as Richard III

When Danai Gurira was 12, growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, she auditioned before her seventh-​grade class for the lead role in a play titled My Uncle Grey Bhonzo. She recited her lines and then, before taking his turn and without explanation, the boy she was up against forfeited. The experience, if not the substance of the play itself, has stayed with her: “All I remember about the play was wearing my father’s suit,” says Gurira, 44. We’re speaking one morning in early March, and she’s sitting in her sun-​splashed New York apartment—so bright I had assumed she was in L.A. from my Zoom-​distanced vantage—an extensive library behind her. “My father was not a big man, so somehow I guess I fit into it.”

GreenPark Sports Aims To Be A Conduit To The Metaverse

According to a recent MarketWatch analysis, the advancement of gamification platforms inside education reveals a growth market with enormous potential. Add to the equation the Intelligence Market Report (IMR) predictions that the Metaverse market size is projected to reach $790 billion and grow at a CAGR of 23.1% by 2028 - it’s easy to see how gaming is intersecting across all sectors.

How do you know not to laugh at a funeral? This region of the brain is key

Phineas Gage didn't die when explosive powder detonated and threw a 43-inch tamping iron through his left cheek, which went into his brain and out the top of his skull. The railroad worker did lose vision in his left eye. But otherwise, he was functional, with full intellectual, cognitive, and motor capabilities intact up until his death 12 years later, in 1860.

5 Organization Tricks for Highly Sensitive People

In an ideal world, your home should feel serene and rejuvenating, and organization can play a huge part in accomplishing that. Ever notice how a cluttered room makes it hard to focus or wind down, or the way a disheveled dresser can interfere with your daily routines? While pretty much everybody can appreciate a neat and orderly space, for highly sensitive people who are more aware of and affected by their surroundings, keeping things organized is a mental health and well-being necessity.

To Make Quality Decisions, You Need to Know Where You Want to Go

The Future Self concept is simple yet rarely practiced. To make quality decisions, know where those decisions will take you. Decisions and actions are best when reverse-engineered from a desired outcome. Start with what you want and work backward. Think and act from your goal, rather than toward your goal. Your brain does this automatically. Indeed, neuroscientists now agree the brain is essentially a "prediction machine," guiding behavior toward the expected future. Learning is the process of updating and improving our brain's predictions.

How to Help a Dog Fearful of Loud Noises

Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, former veterinary assistant, and the author of "Brain Training for Dogs." Is your dog fearful of loud noises? Does you dog startle at the minimum noise? Is your dog fearfully reactive, barking and lunging at every sudden noise? Does your dog take cover when it hears the vacuum, the phone ring, a car pass by, the doorbell, or voices?

Why Do We Feel Sadness More Strongly Than Joy?

This article originally appeared on VICE Germany. As humans, we’re programmed to experience negative emotions more intensely than positive ones. In psychology, this is known as a negativity bias; a tendency of our brains to register negative events or feelings more strongly than happy memories. This definitively rings true...

Brain Mechanism for Common Age-Related Memory Loss Pinpointed

Working with rats, neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University have pinpointed a mechanism in the brain responsible for a common type of age-related memory loss. The work, published today in Current Biology, sheds light on the workings of aging brains and may deepen our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and similar disorders in humans.