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Finding Yourself: Body Schemas and More

Somewhere in our heads, a constant mental narrative tells us where we are, if we’re upside down, where our physical self stops and where the surrounding world begins. Body awareness, also called the body schema or corporeal awareness, is essential for a host of functions that don’t get much attention [ … ]

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The Reality of Shopping Addiction

In April 2013, Buzz Bissinger, author of the book “Friday Night Lights,” wrote an extraordinary story in GQ Magazine where he admitted to owning 81 leather jackets, dozens of pairs of boots and leather gloves, a $5,000 pair of pants and a $22,000 coat. He attended Milan Fashion Week the [ … ]

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The Transposed Mind: How Self-Aware Are We?

When it comes to capturing and transferring the activity of the mind, imagine some sort of neural scanner that can read the on/off states of every neuron in your brain, and is then able to transpose these into a computer program or even into another human brain. Might the “I” you can feel living in your body shake its new head, blink its eyes, and say “I think, therefore I am”? [ … ]

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You’re Fired! Your “Subordinate” Brain At Work

In our market-based economy, everyone has a boss. Most of us answer to a manager or supervisor, but even the CEO answers to shareholders. So the pressures of being judged for your work hardly vanish the further up the ladder you climb. And if you asked them, many business leaders would probably tell you they miss the responsibility-free days of being file clerks. [ … ]

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Cannabis Considered: 50 Shades of Mary Jane

Marijuana (cannabis) is one of the most controversial and politicized controlled substances in the United States. It has many names — Mary Jane, pot, ganja, sativa, etc. — and stories about it ranging from positive to negative, depending on whom you ask, abound. The tide, however, seems to be turning [ … ]

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Why Do We Love? The Science of Our Oldest Drive

The reason love is so hard to pin down scientifically isn’t just because it takes so many different forms (between friends, parents and offspring, pets, etc.) but because it’s not so much a part of the evolutionary urge as we first assumed. Some romantic love — like homosexuality, or the schoolyard crush we experience long before sexual maturity — serves no reproductive purpose at all. [ … ]