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“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. She has synesthesia, a condition in which the senses are cross-wired. [ … ]

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5 Ways to Increase Your Motivation

Motivation pushes you to perform certain behaviors to achieve results. But what exactly is motivation, and how can you give yours a boost? Motivation is based on reward prediction and value-based decision-making. It is your brain’s way of pushing you to perform certain behaviors [ … ]

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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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Taking Notice of The Teenage Brain

The foregoing is an excerpt from Frances Jensen’s book, “The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.” So what did Jensen find out about that murky and mysterious organ, the adolescent brain? More than anything, she discovered that teenagers [ … ]

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Just Go Outside: Your Brain Will Thank You

We’ve learned about the consequences associated with spending too much time indoors —looking at screens, in urban cities — so let’s examine the positive effects of nature on our psychological and emotional lives. We’ve already discovered the link between increased rates of mental illness [ … ]

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Money on the Mind

“When I was young, my mom told me the dirtiest thing in the world is money” reflects Yuegang Zuo, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His latest work reinforces the fact that 90 percent of all paper money circulating in U.S. cities contains traces [ … ]

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Could Gossip Actually Be Good For You?

Do you think that a bunch of colleagues chirping away at the water cooler are merely gossipers wiling their time away? You’d rather focus on the memo you have to turn in by the end of the day, wouldn’t you? Perhaps you should think again. By avoiding gossip, you could be missing out [ … ]