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

Forget complex math problems, logic puzzles, memorization. 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. » 9/20/13 12:20pm 9/20/13 12:20pm

How Analogies Shape Your Thinking

You might just think of analogies as being clever constructions, put together by smart people, to help you understand complex problems—but there's more to them than you might think. » 9/12/13 8:30am 9/12/13 8:30am

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. » 12/04/12 6:39am 12/04/12 6:39am

Does Your Brain Burn More Calories When You Think Hard?

Taking the SAT, 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? » 7/19/12 7:30am 7/19/12 7:30am

The World's Ideas, Visualized

Visualizing 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. » 7/16/12 6:29am 7/16/12 6:29am

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. » 4/13/12 1:00am 4/13/12 1:00am