Month: December 2019

The Neuroscience of Jokes

“A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes have rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his mobile phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator”

“Tasting” Yellow, “Hearing” Orange

While exploring tide pools with her husband, Carol Steen jumped from a rock and tore a ligament in her knee. “At the point of impact, everything I saw suddenly became orange,” she recalls. “My husband was orange. The waves were dark orange, and the sand was light orange.” For Steen, orange is the color of pain.

Learning to Eat Less

When you think about getting healthier or losing weight, tricking your brain probably isn’t on the list of things you’ve chosen to do. But it might be the most important. Research shows that a lot of how you eat and drink affects the way your brain processes that information and how it subsequently asks

Being Hands On: Learning By Doing

Just as infants’ earliest impulses are to put everything into their mouths to find out what they feel and taste like, we have an innate drive to personally experience everything around us. Learning by doing is the central process of human adaptation to our social and physical environments. The interplay between

Brother, Can You Spare Some Change?

The winter holidays are upon us once again, a time for parties, family, and togetherness — and a time for peace and giving; which is no wonder why charities need and request more contributions during the holidays. Will you be one to donate? The answer may lie in your genes.

More, Please: Why We Crave Comfort Foods

It’s tricky to distinguish cravings from real hunger. “There is not too much real difference metabolically; cravings do create some of the same metabolic hunger signals as real hunger,” says Susan Roberts, professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

The Mind Always Grows

“Grams, are you still growing?” my 4-year-old grandson recently asked me. Did his parents tell him that when you get older you stop growing, i.e., that you don’t get taller? Or did he think that because one of his grandparents had passed away a few weeks earlier

Eating for Brainpower: How Eating Better Can Fight Memory Loss

We’ve all heard of foods that are good for the brain — the importance of getting lots of omega-3s to boost brainpower. Increasing alertness, concentration, and even stretching our abilities to memorize and to take more in, are all important, as is keeping the brain active on a daily basis

How Our Dreams Ready Us To Face Our Fears

At least half of adults report having occasional nightmares — this number even goes as high as 85 percent. While some of us accept it as just a part of everyday life, usually those of us who rarely have them, there are those who have their own rituals to avoid having uneasy dreams — whether it’s

Life on The Mend: Breaks and the Brain

What is the impact of fractures on the brain? Dr. Daniel Cohen — chief of thoracic surgery at the West Roxbury campus of the Veterans Administration Hospital and a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital — said he had not heard of brain-related impacts after fracture and suggested that it might be

Imaging Your Future: A Q&A With Dr. Gabriele Oettingen

If a certain adored singing cricket is to be believed, just the simple act of “wishing upon a star” would allow your dreams to come true. Gabriele Oettingen, a professor of psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg, has taken a critical look at this beloved take on positive thinking

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