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Psychological neoteny

Sounds like, well, psycho-babble, right? But it describes a unique personality trait that could become invaluable to future generations. What some of us might consider signs of immaturity -- a grandfather who loves video games, or a grown woman who never stopped playing with dolls -- is what psychology professor Bruce Charlton refers to as psychological neoteny, or "the retention of youthful attitudes and behaviors into later adulthood." It turns out that such behaviors correspond to an adaptability to change which is becoming increasingly valuable in our fast-paced new world -- and increasingly common, as well.

It's been noted again and again that people seem to reach "maturity" at 25 or 26 now -- if then -- whereas our parents, and their parents before them, grew up faster. According to Dr. Charlton, this is partially a result of post-secondary and post-graduate education, which requires that students keep an open and adaptable mind in order to succeed. "In a psychological sense, some contemporary individuals never actually become adults," he writes, which is "especially helpful in making the best out of enforced job changes, the need for geographic mobility and the requirement to make new social networks."

So to all you parents of 27-year-olds who've moved back home after college -- count your lucky stars. (Then kick the bums out!)

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Being cursed with a bad memory can yield snafus big and small, from forgetting your gym locker combination to routinely blowing deadlines. If your New Year's resolution was to be less forgetful in 2018, it's time to start training your brain. The infographic below, created by financial website Quid Corner and spotted by Lifehacker Australia, lists seven easy ways to boost memory retention.

Different techniques can be applied to different scenarios, whether you're preparing for a speech or simply trying to recall someone's phone number. For example, if you're trying to learn a language, try writing down words and phrases, as this activates your brain into paying more attention. "Chunking," or separating long digit strings into shorter units, is a helpful hack for memorizing number sequences. And those with a poetic bent can translate information into rhymes, as this helps our brains break down and retain sound structures.

Learn more tips by checking out the infographic below.

[h/t Lifehacker.com.au]

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