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Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

We should all remember that social expectations are a product of the brain, so is our judgment, and our will to rise above these expectations. We have the power to define who we are — from what we see in the mirror to who we aspire to be. [ … ]

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Can People Have Superhuman Strength?

Tales of superhuman strength, also referred to as hysterical strength, can be found in many ancient Norse sagas dating from the late ninth century. Elite Scandinavian warriors, known as berserkers (a term derived from the Old Norse berserkr), were known to enter battle with an untamable, trance-like fury resulting in spurts of superhuman strength [ … ]

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Thinking with the Heart

In November 1997, I was scheduled to take a tour group into Egypt. To say that Egypt is an amazing destination is an understatement — it’s beyond amazing! To actually stand in front of the great Sphinx, looking up at over 400 feet of the once-covered stones that are now visible to the naked eye, is an experience of a lifetime. [ … ]

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Will We All Be Gamers Someday?

Gone are the days of video games merely being an idle pastime for the average couch potato, when all that mattered was pushing buttons for the right moves and getting to the next level. With their ability to embed in the brains of longtime gamers and change human behavior, video games have evolved to uses taking them far beyond the sofa. [ … ]

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My Life With Tourette’s

I was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome in third grade, so each tap was a tic. TS is a genetic disorder that most experts believe is caused by nerve cells in the brain improperly releasing a neurotransmitter called dopamine. In every human brain, dopamine is a chemical messenger that nerve cells use to communicate with each other. [ … ]

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The Sweet Smell of Marketing

Unlike our other senses, our sense of smell is closely linked to the brain’s centers for emotion, memory, and creativity, according to the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that researches taste and smell. What this means is that when it comes to smell, we process it first with our emotional brain, and it’s only then that we actually think about it. [ … ]

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In Love With Love: The Science of Love Addiction

Have you ever stayed in a bad relationship or repeatedly returned to an ex even when you knew it wasn’t a good idea? When you’re in a committed relationship do you wonder if you’ve chosen the right one? Have you ever fantasized about someone from your past, thinking you should have kept them around? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you just might be addicted to love. [ … ]