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Mind Control * Barbara Ehrenreich’s radical critique of wellness and self-improvement

“Without opposing reasonable, routine maintenance, Ehrenreich observes that the care of the self has become a coercive and exploitative obligation: a string of endless medical tests, drugs, wellness practices, and exercise fads that threaten to become the point of life … Continue reading

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“Want to solve a problem? Don’t just use your brain, but your body, too” (Study)

“The results: The people who were allowed to gesture usually did so—and they also commonly used perceptual-motor strategies in solving the puzzles. The people whose hands were restrained, as well as those who chose not to gesture (even when allowed), … Continue reading

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Rising up to higher virtues: Experiencing elevated physical height uplifts prosocial actions (Study)

“Many challenges of society involve getting people to act prosocially in ways that are costly for self-interests but beneficial to the greater good. The authors in four studies examined the novel hypothesis that elevating (vertical) height promotes prosocial actions. In … Continue reading

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Sucrose drinks reduce prejudice and stereotyping (Study)

“Abstract Prejudice and stereotyping cause social problems and intergroup tension. The current work examined whether bolstering self-control by giving participants glucose would reduce stereotype use for an impression formation task. Previous work has demonstrated that self-control depends on biologically expensive … Continue reading

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Higher posture when generating words associated with pride compared to disappointment (Study)

“Abstract Embodiment theories predict that activating conceptual knowledge about emotions can be accompanied by re-experiencing bodily states, since simulations of sensory, motor, and introspective experiences form the foundation of conceptual representations of emotion. In the present study, we examine whether … Continue reading

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Look at your body to reduce pain (Study)

“Simply looking at your body reduces pain, according to new research by scientists from UCL (University College London) and the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Published in the journal Psychological Science, the research shows that *viewing your hand reduces the pain … Continue reading

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Gut feeling and intuition

“…finds that the trustworthiness of our intuition is really influenced by what is happening physically in our bodies. […] Dunn and his co-authors found this link between gut feelings and intuitive decision making to be stronger in people who were … Continue reading

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Social exclusion literally feels cold

Judgement of room temperature: “The estimates varied wildly but volunteers who had social exclusion on their minds gave an average estimate of 21C, while those who remembered fitting in guessed an average of 24C.” Food/Beverage: “The “unpopular” students who had … Continue reading

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“The brain may manage anger differently depending on whether we’re lying down or sitting up”

“…findings provide evidence that body position interacts with how the brain processes emotion, perhaps depending on which actions are immediately possible.” http://www.mindhacks.com/2010/12/12/the-brain-isnt-going-to-take-it-lying-down/

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Body of Thought: How Trivial Sensations Can Influence Reasoning, Social Judgment and Perception

“…Just in the past few years studies have shown that holding a hot cup of coffee or being in a comfortably heated room warms a person’s feelings toward strangers; that striking an open, expansive “power pose” prompts people to make … Continue reading

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