ASMR and ‘head orgasms’: what’s the science behind it? | Pete Etchells

Pete Etchells: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the technical term for what some call head orgasms, or brain tingles. But what is the state of scientific research behind the sensation? Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is a curious phenomenon. Those who experience it often characterise it as a tingling sensation in the back of…

Social Science Is Busted. But the NIH Has a Plan that Could Fix It

Today, a tiny office in the sprawling edifice of the National Institutes of Health released a strategic plan. The 58-page document, complete with bullet phases and clip art, spells out a direction for behavioral and social science research–including psychology, economics, and sociology–for the next four years. And while it doesnt immediately shunt fund around, the…

Don’t try to be happy. We’re programmed to be dissatisfied | Frank T McAndrew

Perpetual bliss would entirely undermine our will to accomplish anything at all thats why perfect contentment has probably been evolved out of us In the 1990 s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman resulted the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the centre for human rights of psychology the investigations…

What’s the world’s loneliest city?

In Tokyo, you can rent a snuggle. Loneliness is a health issue in Manchester. And perhaps nobody is as isolated as a migrant worker in Shenzhen. But can we really know what makes a city lonely? New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness, if you have no inner stabiliser, wrote…

What is your biggest unhappines? Here are people’s devastatingly honest answers

When I posed this question on Twitter, the stories poured out and patterns emerged. Real regrets are about bad selections in love, learning and loss, being held back by anxiety and self-blame My 20 -year-old son simply moved into a fraternity home at his college in the US. Last month, I expended three days there…

Instagram Probably Cant Predict Depression. GPS, Though …

Late last week, a group of scientists published some pre-review research indicating that people were more likely to use low-saturation Instagram filters like Inkwell when feeling depressed. Well, plainly, says Picasso. Groundbreaking stuff, guys. Even if there’s a real association between filters and impressions, the paper’s data hasn’t been vetted by other scientist–so it’s still…

Businesses on the sofa: the co-founders in couples’ therapy

Boardroom bust-ups can put friendships on the line. Business partners disclose why they get professional help to resolve their issues There are plenty of good reasons to set up a business with a co-founder rather than go it alone. A co-founder is another perpetrated financial partner and someone who is likely to bringing a vitally…

SJ Watson: art, identity and the world’s most well known amnesiac

From Memento to Before I Go to Sleep, the case of Henry Molaison holds an enduring fascination for artists. SJ Watson, whose bestselling fiction explored lost memory, asks Kerry Tribe about her video installation H.M. and what we can learn from the worlds most well known amnesiac What does it mean to be conscious? Its…

You Spend 5 Percentage of Your Day Outside. Try Stimulating It More

This storyoriginally appeared on Gristand is part of theClimate Deskcollaboration . For two decades, Florence Williams could sit on her porch at night and watch the alpenglow on the Rocky Mountains. Then she moved from remote Colorado to Washington, DC, and started noticing the changes. I felt disoriented, overwhelmed, depressed, she writes in her recent…

Are our dreams trying to tell us something- or should we sleep on it? | Oliver Burkeman

Night after night, elaborately crazy stories plant themselves in your intellect through no choice of your own. Dont tell me something intriguing isnt going on What are dreams for? It’s one of those bottomless questions where the answer tells you chiefly about the person doing the answering. Those who pride themselves on being hard-headed and…