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The Information Diet: How to Be a Smarter Consumer of Information

The main idea behind Clay Johnson’s new book The Information Diet is that we need to monitor the way we consume information in the same way we need to monitor what we eat and drink. In today’s “information age,” we are constantly being bombarded with facts and opinions from television, radio, cellphones, and computers. In […]

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How to Love Someone You Don’t Like

We don’t always have to like someone for us to have love for them. Sure – it may not be “friendship” love or “family” love or “romantic” love. However, we can have “compassionate” love for anyone, despite any differences or shortcomings that person may have. Compassion is our ability to understand and sympathize with the […]

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How Much Love Can You Create in an fMRI in 5 Minutes?

In an interesting “1st Annual Love Competition” associated with The Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging, contestants had 5 minutes in an fMRI machine to love someone as hard as they could. The brain regions involved in producing the neurochemical experience of love were measured, and the contestant who generated the greatest level of […]

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The Frozen Face Effect – Why Static Photographs May Not Do You Justice

Don’t like the way you look in photographs? New research published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology may have some good news for you. In a recent study, psychologists showed participants faces in the form of photographs and videos. They then had participants rate how attractive each face was. What they found was that we […]

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Don’t Underestimate Good Intentions

Don’t underestimate the power of good intentions. Recent studies published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science shows that good intentions can play a major role in our everyday experience of pleasure and pain. In the first study, researchers had participants sit in an easy chair with an electronic massage pad. In one group, […]

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