Seeing pictures of food with calorie information not only makes food less appetizing but it also appears to change the way your brain responds to the food, according to a Dartmouth-led study published in PLOS ONE. When food images appeared with the calorie content, the brain showed decreased activation of the reward system and increased… Continue reading Seeing Calorie Information With Your Food Makes it Less Appealing: Study
The happiness we feel after a particular event or activity diminishes each time we experience that event, a phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation. But giving to others may be the exception to this rule, according to research forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In two studies, psychology researchers Ed… Continue reading Joy of Giving Outlasts the Joy of Receiving: Study
Social media sites often present users with social exclusion information that may actually inhibit intelligent thought, according to the co-author of a University at Buffalo study that takes a critical look not just at Facebook and other similar platforms, but at the peculiarities of the systems on which these sites operate. The short-term effects of… Continue reading Are your Facebook friends hurting you?
On today’s Friday Happy Hour episode, I’m joined by Carrie Boan, aka “The Brain Diva!” This is a lively discussion about life, kids, concussions and brain health! Listen in as Carries shares with me: Her (very) personal experiences with concussion – and what it taught her about science and love! How concussions and their… Continue reading Friday Happy Hour with Carrie Boan, aka “The Brain Diva!”
New research suggests people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday events. Dr Jonathan Ramsay is a Senior Lecturer in psychology at James Cook University’s Singapore campus, with a particular interest in the psychology of religion. His team surveyed 231 people from a diverse mix of Christians, Buddhists… Continue reading Belief and Happiness
Do you, or did you, breeze through tests in school? Or were you stressed about every quiz? Does risk-taking make you excited or make you hide in the corner? Are you fearful of the future or striding boldly into it? As it turns out, the difference may lie in the size of your brain. Well,… Continue reading Stress, Brain Size and Personality: A Study
Want to lose friends and alienate people? Apparently, sleeping poorly is the first step on the road to loneliness, social anxiety and more stress. In a study comparing well-rested folks against those who are sleep-deprived, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that without adequate sleep, areas of the brain that deal with… Continue reading Lose Sleep, Get Lonely, Be Anti-Social