If you just watched a really scary movie, a noise from another room (that you would normally ignore) could set your heart racing, as you perceive it as an intruder set to kill you rather than just the cat playing. The same principle can apply to police shootings — did they perceive a phone as a gun just because they were primed for danger? The article below describes how this is quite likely. Gives a whole different perspective of the police racism problem.
Manos Tsakiris |14 April, 2017 | aeon
Ever wonder why so many people don’t save for their retirement? It turns out humans treat their future selves as a stranger — and would you give money to a stranger? The article below explains this further and suggest ways you can counteract it:
And that has consequences.
Jane McGonigal | Apri 13, 2017 | Slate
More and more evidence is showing up that your microbiota can affect your mental health. In other words, eat you probiotic yogurt.
Turns out “gut feeling” is more than just a fancy name for intuition. Our small and large intestine, and the trillions of bacteria that call it home, are more important than ever imagined for influencing our mood, our anxiety, our choices, and even our personalities. This week Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen goes straight for the gut with three surprising mind-gut connections.
Ellen Hendriksen, PhD | December 23, 2016 | Quickanddirtytips.com
Study finds that walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce risk of depression.
Rob Jordan | June 30, 2015 | Stanford News
In this era of fake news all around us, detecting is a major concern, and it looks like we are not very good at it. I like the definition:
“…bullshit is something that is constructed absent of any concern for the truth.”
As the article explains below,
“Bullshit is much harder to detect when we want to agree with it.”
An interesting perspective on addiction. Has a very good section on explaining the science of habit-formation. A long read, but if you ever struggled with addiction, depression, anxiety or just a bad habit, it’s worth reading it just to see it from a different point of view.
Addiction changes the brain but it’s not a disease that can be cured with medicine. In fact, it’s learned – like a habit
Marc Lewis | 14 December, 2016 | aeon