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    Saga Briggs is Managing Editor of InformED. You can follow her on Twitter@sagamilena or Facebook.

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  • Why Does the Brain Love Stories?

    March 26th, 2019 1 Comment Features

    “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” –Joan Didion We’ve written about the power of storytelling before, but this time we’d like to dive deeper into the psychology of story as an organizational tool for the brain. Why does the brain latch onto narrative so tightly? Do we learn to communicate with stories as… Read More

  • Emotional Intelligence: Do You Have It?

    “We are not necessarily thinking machines. We are feeling machines that think.” —Antonio Damasio, neuroscientist Emotional intelligence is the ability to accurately perceive your own and others’ emotions, to understand the signals that emotions send about relationships, and to manage your own and others’ emotions. It consists of the following traits: Self-awareness Self-regulation Motivation (defined… Read More

  • Tidying Up the Brain: 5 Reasons to Declutter Your Life

    February 13th, 2019 No Comments Features

    You’ve likely heard of the book—and the new Netflix series—featuring Marie Kondo. What we want to know is, how does tidying up your life affect your brain? If you’re tuned into the self-optimization literature, chances are you’re familiar with Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. One common refrain that’s spreading through home… Read More

  • How Your Native Language Affects Your Memory

    February 5th, 2019 3 Comments Features, Memory Tricks

    Researchers at the University of San Diego have found that the language you speak may determine the quality of your working memory. Running memory tests on participants in eight different cultures around the world, they found a difference in working memory capacity among speakers of various languages. The difference stemmed from the syntax of a… Read More