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Habits made possible by same processes that allow us to walk, talk, chew gum at same time

When he was younger and had more hair, Nature Boy often marked this time of year by resolving to break annoying habits. These included snacking between meals, spending too much time onscreen, sleeping until the last possible minute before getting up and getting ready for work, and so on. Year Read more →

Playing on beach. Photo © Wynand Strydom, via creative commons and flickr

Play’s the thing for healthy, creative kids (and adults)

Summer calls. Many youngsters stand at the leading edge of the season and anticipate two months of endless days, sunshine, mucking around and running about. Two whole months of playing! However, many instead will endure a packed roster of prebooked, highly managed and directed activities. Many will take part in Read more →

Dogs are attuned to their people, but who is in charge. Photo © Stefan Holodnick, dailyinvention.com, via creative commons.

Dogs take a bow(-wow!) for canine cognition

Some dogs show more intelligence than most people. Or so their owners tell me. Perhaps thinking of one’s four-legged best friend as brighter than one’s children—perhaps not one’s children, but possibly one’s in-laws—goes with the territory of being a dog owner. Much like people universally describing their driving skills or Read more →

Take a lesson from the Bard: Make much ado about sleep

We can sleep a little longer this weekend. Most of North America resets its clocks one hour back tonight, marking the end of daylight saving time. If we choose to slumber through the hour gained, we’ll wake up slightly more rested and slightly better able to deal with the coming Read more →

classroom laptop use. Photo © Parker Knight, on flickr

Practice study hygiene to harness those little grey cells

Here’s good news for those of us trying to pick up new skills and information. Experts on how learning happens within the human brain have identified the two most reliable methods for transferring new information into our little grey cells. One method requires that students revisit and build upon their Read more →