60-Second Mind show

60-Second Mind

Summary: Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute commentary on the latest developments in the science of brain and behavior. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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 Up Your Online Dating Game with Evidence-Based Strategies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:59

Choosing a user name starting with a letter appearing earlier in the alphabet is just one scientifically vetted way to increase the odds of turning an online encounter into a first date. Christopher Intagliata reports

 Junk Diet Rewires Rat Brains | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:35

High-calorie and exceedingly pleasurable foods appear to change rat brain rewards circuitry, causing the rodents to continue to seek such fare. Erika Beras reports

 High Price Tag on Meds May Boost Healing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:28

Parkinson’s patients derived more benefits from a salt solution they were told was an expensive drug than from the same solution when it was described as being cheap medication. Karen Hopkin reports

 Publication Bias May Boost Findings for Bilingual Brain Benefits | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:26

Of studies presented at conferences, those that found a cognitive benefit to bilingualism were almost twice as likely to get published in journals as were studies finding no benefit. Karen Hopkin reports  

 Inclusion Illusion Lessens Racial Bias | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:23

Implicit bias against another race lessened after volunteers experienced themselves via virtual reality as a member of that race. Karen Hopkin reports  

 Blood Test Forecasts Concussion Severity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:31

Levels of a protein fragment in the blood paralleled how long head injuries benched hockey players. Ingrid Wickelgren reports

 Bouncy Gait Improves Mood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:49

If you're in an up mood, you may walk more energetically. But a study finds that purposefully walking more energetically may improve your mood. Christie Nicholson reports  

 Lots or Little Sleep Linked to Sick Days | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:29

Absence from work due to illness increased dramatically for those who slept less than six hours or more than nine hours per night. Christie Nicholson reports  

 Can’t Take My Eyes off You—Your Face, That Is | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:33

The direction of your gaze when looking at someone offers an unconscious, automatic giveaway of whether your initial reaction is romance or sex. Christie Nicholson reports

 Talking to Strangers Makes You Happy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:37

People who had to strike up conversations on a subway later reported feeling happier than those who didn’t. Christie Nicholson reports.

 People Think Experiences Bring Happiness, Still Opt for Things | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:23

Survey subjects rated life experiences as making them happier and as a better use of money than buying objects. But they actually spent their cash on material goods, whose value is more easily quantifiable. Erika Beras reports

 Childhood Stress Decreases Size of Brain Regions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:22

Children who experience neglect, abuse and/or poverty can have smaller amygdalas and hippocampuses, brain regions involved in emotion and memory, compared with kids raised in nurturing environments. Christie Nicholson reports  

 Even Monkeys Believe In Hot Streaks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:28

Monkeys trained to play fixed video games made moves indicating that they expected certain patterns to occur. Erika Beras reports  

 Brain State Bread Crumbs Lead Way Back to Consciousness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:17

Researchers studying anesthetized rats discovered a handful of activity patterns that may mark the path to consciousness after anesthesia. Karen Hopkin reports  

 Body's Pain Perception Mapped for First Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:52

Our ability to pinpoint pain varies across the body, and in a specific pattern. Christie Nicholson reports  


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