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Schadenfreude: The Joy in Others’ Woes

The emotion that everybody was collectively feeling might best be described by the word “schadenfreude,” which means taking pleasure in the misfortunes of others. What makes schadenfreude a complex term is that the pleasure we feel when we witness a person’s misfortune is not derived from seeing them in pain but in the delight in watching their fall from grace — particularly when the person is in a position that we might see as enviable. [ … ]

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Your Brain On A Diet

A diet is a prescribed selection of foods. In the West, it’s long been advocated as a way of losing weight. Other benefits touted are improved health, sleep, circulation, and even a longer life. As consumers, we are constantly bombarded with new diets. But what do these plans do to our brains? [ … ]

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The Man Who Couldn’t Feel

“Christina Taylor” (not her real name) recalled her early impressions of her husband of 18 years, “David,” as being emotionally steady. “I never saw any emotion, but I didn’t think much about it then, because he was so level-headed, and never angry,” says Christina, a 48-year-old science teacher in Michigan. “I just always thought he wasn’t good at sharing feelings or didn’t trust me enough [ … ]

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Stuttering

A Neurobiological Breakdown of Non-Fluid Speech Imagine if a seemingly innocuous thought—such as the notion of speaking—triggered a response that left you in fear of all social situations. Now imagine it initiating a chain reaction [ … ]