Distract Yourself With Something Dull for Killer Ideas

Sitting down, with a pen (or stylus) in your hand and waiting for an idea to happen isn't the best way to get your creative on. Distracting your inner monologue and letting your brain process thoughts in the background leads to better results. Read More >>

Why You Can’t Tell Your Brain to Not Think About a Thing

Forget complex math problems, logic puzzles, memorisation. The hardest thing you can try to do with your brain is to not think about something. It's virtually impossible. But why? As New Scientist explains, it has to do with what thoughts are actually made out of. Read More >>

Brain Scans Can Now Reveal Who You’re Thinking About

For the first time, scientists have been able to use data from brain scans to identify who patients are thinking about. Read More >>

This Is How Your Brain Works

Some days, after a good night's rest and a protein-rich breakfast, my brain works wonderfully. It's well wrinkled, filled to the brim with answers, and snapping synapses a-go. Other days, after an epic night, and a regurgitated breakfast, my brain just doesn't want to be bothered. It's smooth and thoughtless. How does that damn brain work? ASAP Science analyses the brain by detailing the difference between fast thinking and slow thinking. You're going to think in a whole new way after this. [YouTube] Read More >>

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This Is What Thinking Nothing Looks Like

If you've ever wondered what thinking about nothing looks like, here it is. It's the result of an experiment by artist Gustav Metzger, who hooked himself up to a robotic carving machine—while thinking long and hard about absolutely nothing. Read More >>

Does Your Brain Burn More Calories When You Think Hard?

Taking exams; crunching through a tough problem at work, or even concentrating while driving in difficult conditions can leave you feeling physically exhausted. But does thinking really hard burn more calories, or does the exhaustion come from somewhere else? Read More >>

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The World’s Ideas, Visualised

Visualising how the world's ideas fit together is no mean feat. But now you don't have to struggle, because Brendan Griffen has mined Wikipedia to create a map of how the world's greatest thinkers influenced each other. Read More >>

Study: Drinking Two Beers Makes You Clever

If you're hung up on a brain-twizzling problem, crack a brew. A new study from the University of Illinois suggest that, contrary to common belief, alcohol's buzz might actually improve your problem-solving skills. Read More >>