1. The show: SpongeBob SquarePants

    The experiment: One group watched SpongeBob episodes that were food related (e.g., “Chocolate with Nuts”). The other group watched non-food related episodes (e.g., “Snowball Effect”). Both groups had access to a bowl of candy.

    The result: ”Restrained” eaters (those who were dieting) ate more while watching the food-related episodes, but type of show had no effect on “unrestrained” eaters.

    The oversimplified takeaway: When SpongeBob gets hungry, there goes your diet.

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  2. The reason why Wall Street continues to push the austerity line also has to do with a) class psychology and b) how elite conventional wisdom is shaped.

    Think about the days of feudalism. Back then, nobody bothered to justify their position in an egalitarian ethical framework. Instead, there was the “natural” superiority of the aristocracy, which allowed landlords to pillage the peasantry without even a scrap of justification. Concepts like meritocracy or equality were barely even considered; most people simply accepted their place in society.

     


  3. When your vision of your life story is inadequate, depression can result. Psychotherapists actually help ‘rewrite’ that story and this process is as, if not more, effective than medication.

    According to the psychologist Michele Crossley, depression frequently stems from an ‘incoherent story,’ an ‘inadequate narrative account of oneself,’ or ‘a life story gone awry.’ Psychotherapy helps unhappy people set their life stories straight; it literally gives them a story they can live with. And it works.

     


  4. Video games are built to exploit this part of our brain. Kill monster, get points. Complete level, get happy music. Win game, feel satisfied. It’s a very simple and primitive part of who we are. We react the same way to everything, from food to sex, in education and even in our relationship with our parents, who, if they are good parents, scold bad behaviour and reward good.
     


  5. My family don’t believe it and think I’m making excuses. I’ve been late for funerals and slipped in and hid at the back of the hall. I arranged to pick my friend up at midday to go on holiday and was four hours late.
    — 

    A 57-year-old man diagoned with “Chronic Lateness Disorder”.

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  6. Zoe Rain Bernstein was sitting in a booster seat in her father’s pick-up truck in March when her dad lost control and the car slammed into a light pole. The impact left Zoe in a coma, and with a fractured skull.

    When Zoe woke up from her month-long unconsciousness, her mother Kelsie says, the little girl had a different personality."Her personality is completely different," her mother says. Zoe has developed Attention Deficit Disorder, and she now has behavioral problems she never had before she was injured.

    Can a brain injury really change the person you are inside?

     


  7. The entire medical community is opposed to these phony therapies. These non-scientific efforts have led in some cases to patients later committing suicide, as well as severe mental and physical anguish. It’s not just that people are wasting their time and money on these therapies that don’t work, it’s that these therapies are dangerous.
    — California State Senator Ted W. Lieu (D), on his bill banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ for kids in California.
     

  8. According to a new Gallup poll, stay-at-home moms are more likely to report feeling sad and angry than working moms.