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Lessons learned from the latest biohacking fad

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I’ll admit it: The hype over intermittent fasting intoxicated me. As a consumer of all things health and performance, I could not resist the urge to give it a go.


Memory bias causes people to hold on to the (true and untrue) stories we like

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Human memory is notoriously fallible. Experiments by Elizabeth Loftus in the 1970s demonstrated this particularly well. Loftus asked people to watch videos of car accidents and then answer a simple question: “About how fast were the cars going when they hit each other?” The question was simple but people’s responses depended entirely on how the question was phrased. They would estimate a faster speed if asked how fast the cars “smashed into” each other than if asked how fast the cars “bumped into” or “hit” each other, even though the videos themselves were identical.


I do it because it allows me to be more efficient, but it’s not for everyone

I started intermittent fasting three years ago. Multiple studies show that it has benefits for your body and brain, including lower inflammation and better blood sugar control (as well as side effects like weight loss) and increased growth of new neurons in the brain.


What are these ‘smart drugs’ and can they really improve your mental performance?

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In the 2011 film Limitless, Bradley Cooper plays a writer named Eddie Morra who has hit a rough patch. He’s struggling to complete his book and, due to his lack of success, his girlfriend leaves him. Then Morra has a chance encounter with an old acquaintance who gives him something that will change his life: NZT-48, a “smart drug” that makes Morra’s brain function at peak capacity. …


The science of giving more rather than giving up

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People often talk about “recipes for success,” and one of the core ingredients has to be willpower. Evidence suggests that traits such as self-discipline — the ability to control impulsive tendencies — are strong predictors for positive life outcomes. But what principles actually influence willpower? And what is going on in the brain when people feel motivated?


The Health Diaries

The founder of Magnolia Kitchen gets honest about her struggle to focus on sleep and diet while running her successful business

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.


The science behind listening to music to concentrate

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Listening to music is a long-used productivity hack among creatives. Author Stephen King says he used to listen to Anthrax, Judas Priest, and Metallica while writing. Gabriel Marcía Márquez “wore out” Beatles records while working on One Hundred Years of Solitude. Charles Bukowski at least claimed he needed cigars, whiskey, and classical music to write 10 pages every day.


The Health Diaries

‘When I’m out of the office, I’m still thinking about work’

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.


The Health Diaries

‘I do very little social media — it’s not really my style.’

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.


The Health Diaries

The RealReal founder Julie Wainwright shares her health philosophies

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the daily and weekly habits that keep notable people living well.

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