More rational resolutions

01 January 2014
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Can “goal factoring” help you keep your New Year’s resolution to hit the gym every day in 2014? “Goal factoring,” a method of designing better plans, is one of the techniques taught by the Center for Applied Rationality, which hosts three-day workshops that teach attendees how to use science-based approaches to achieve goals. A November workshop in Ossining, N.Y., instructed 23 participants on how thinking about one’s future self as a different person can help goal-setting and why building up an “emotional library” of associations can reduce procrastination....

Why does music aid in memorization?

01 January 2014
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Bee The words to a holiday song bubble up to the surface of the brain, even decades since last hearing the tune. Yet recalling a bank-account password can put the mind in a twist. Neuroscientists have long debated the brain mechanisms related to memory, but they agree on one thing: Information set to music is among the easiest to remember. One expert, Henry L. Roediger III, professor of psychology at the Memory Lab at Washington University in St. Louis, explains how songs easily stick in the mind. —Heidi Mitchell The Brain’s Data Processors The hippocampus and the frontal cortex are two...

Doctors and teens both avoid talking about sex and sexuality

01 January 2014
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i i hide captionAlmost half of high-schoolers have had sexual intercourse, but teens almost never ask their doctors about sexual health. Nicole Young/iStockphoto Almost half of high-schoolers have had sexual intercourse, but teens almost never ask their doctors about sexual health. Nicole Young/iStockphoto Many doctors aren’t asking teenagers about sex or sexuality, and those who do are spending just 36 seconds on the topic, on average. That’s not much time to get into sexually transmitted diseases or birth control, let alone sexual orientation, dating or other big topics. And teenagers...

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