Our Empathy is Limited By Our Own Experience

Despite what Ayn Rand devotees think (or assume, because “think” is a bit of a strong word for Objectivism), empathy plays and important role in our society—in the sense that without empathy, we probably wouldn’t have a society at all. However, empathy has an egocentric factor too, in that our … Read More

Why You Need Sleep

Skip a night’s sleep, and you end up hungrier, less coordinated, and anxious—possibly because may be running short on myelin, a type of cell essential to brain function. If the findings of a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience hold up, part of the mystery of why we … Read More

Stress Stinks

Everything’s worse when you’re stressed—including, as it turns out, the smell of the world around you. A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience has found that when a person becomes stressed, their emotional and olfactory portions of the brain become linked, causing inoffensive smells to become offensive. Scientists … Read More

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