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readings for June 2nd 2010

Posted Jun 02 2010 2:08pm
Filed under: Biological Psychology, Dieting, General Psychology, a current story — Laura Freberg @ 1:08 pm

"Here I am at the 'HOME" of the Boston Cream Pie!"

Here are some of the things I am reading for today:

X-TREME eating 2010

“With close to 30 percent of young Americans too heavy to join the military, you’d think that restaurants would at least stop introducing new heavyweight items.”

What happens when we become angry?

“Inducing emotions generates profound changes in the autonomous nervous system, which controls the cardiovascular response, and also in the endocrine system. In addition, changes in cerebral activity also occur, especially in the frontal and temporal lobes…”

Comparing income with peers causes unhappiness

Researchers analysing data from a Europe-wide survey found three-quarters of those asked thought it important to compare their incomes with others.

But those who compared salaries seem less content, especially if they looked at those of friends and family rather than work colleagues.

Einstein’s Brain unlocked!

“Now we can see scores of ways in which astrocytes could be involved in many cognitive processes,” Fields says. “And now it’s not so crazy to find that there were abnormally high numbers of astrocytes in the parts of Einstein’s brain involved in imagery and mathematical ability and that sort of thing.”

the science of self-motivation

“The popular idea is that self-affirmations enhance people’s ability to meet their goals,” Professor Albarracin said. “It seems, however, that when it comes to performing a specific behavior, asking questions is a more promising way of achieving your objectives.”

Blaeberries as an aid to Diabetes?

“Dr Hoggard added: “Traditional folk remedies have cited the blaeberry as a natural resource to help combat diabetes for centuries.”

  1. Bianca Vasvani Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Comparisons with peers

    I found it interesting that people became unhappy when they compared their income with their peers. It seems sort of juvenile to be envious or jealous. At the time it makes sense with how competitive of a society we are. If you are constantly making comparisons with others and their achievements you will never be satisfied with yourself. There is always going to be someone out their who has a speciality in a particular area. It just seems important focus on yourself and your achievements and improvements that can be made as well.

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