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Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its science of happiness, human potential and flourishing. It argues that psychologists should not only investigate mental illness but also what makes life worth living.   The founding father of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, describes happiness as experiencing frequent positive
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In the local people’s tongue, her name means ‘sunrise girl-child’, and even though she only lived for six fleeting weeks, she’s already told scientists more than we ever knew about the very first Native Americans.   Sunrise girl-child (“Xach’itee’aanenh T’eede Gaay”) lived some 11,500 years ago in what is now called Alaska, and her ancient
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As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than ever, and those child geniuses who can speak five different languages become our favourite dinnertime conversation, because how do they even do that?   But mastering unfamiliar subjects, whether you’re still in school or not, doesn’t have to be so painful.
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The most common New Year’s resolutions tend to be vague goals intended to “get your life together” by losing weight, eating healthier food, or exercising more. But most people don’t successfully follow through on their resolutions – largely because they’re so general and non-specific.   That’s where science can help. Using specific, science-backed resolutions, you
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The world of science is unpredictable and ever-changing, but as a team that writes about science day in, day out, we can’t help but notice certain trends in research. So this year – which also happens to be ScienceAlert’s 10th anniversary – we thought we’d try our hand at predicting some of the big science
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You might picture yourself walking through a field, or surrounded by loved ones. Or perhaps making your way down a long, dark tunnel, towards a brilliant, beckoning light. When the end comes, what you experience will be a veiled secret known only to you – but whatever it is, scientists say those closing moments of consciousness