A Bitter Pill To Swallow: The Link Between Taste and Emotion

Friday, February 14, 2014 by Meg   •   Filed under General

What does jealousy taste like? I'd guess like shit.

My guess would be wrong, much to the relief of jealous people everywhere. 

The sweetness of love, the bitterness of hatred, we've all heard the phrases. Through the years, many metaphors have been introduced which link taste sensation to emotional state. 

"He's so sweet it makes me want to gag." (That's what she said.)

So, is there scientific basis for this phenomenon? Researchers say, "Yes."...  continue reading

Warning! Red Hair Might Be Dangerous to Your Dental Health

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Meg   •   Filed under General

Do you have red hair? You might be more likely to have high anxiety surrounding dental procedures....  continue reading

Things You Can Do Without Thinking: One Way Neuroscience Supports Women's Intuition

Friday, January 03, 2014 by Meg   •   Filed under General

What Are Voluntary Actions?

Most people are familliar with voluntary actions--or things that we do on purpose--as well as the rational decision-making that drives those behaviors.

But, the human animal is able to respond using conscious thought (thoughts that we are aware of) as well as subconscious processes (those that we are unaware of).

What can you do without thinking? Turns out a heck of a lot....  continue reading

Fuck That Shit! Why Swearing May Be Good For You

Monday, December 16, 2013 by Meg   •   Filed under General

Have you ever been labeled a potty mouth? Do you wish you had a really good reason to swear, or at least some research to back up the fact that cursing seems to make you feel better? Look no further.

Swearing may mediate the fight or flight response. Don't believe me? Step on a Lego in the middle of the night and see how long it takes you to calm down while writhing in silent agony on the floor. Then go outside and ram your toe into a table leg and see how long it takes for the expletives to soothe your desire to take a baseball bat to Lego city....  continue reading