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The Gut-Brain Connection and Enterochromaffin cells

Our gut feeling rarely lets us down, although we know very little about how it happens. As science discovers more about the connection between the gut and brain, the role of the little-known and rare enterochromaffin (EC) cells becomes central…

Thoughts on Time Versus Money

If someone gave you five hundred dollars to spend on something that makes you happy, what would you buy? Some new clothes? Gifts for friends and family? Or perhaps you’d donate the money to one of your favorite charities —…

Soda Drinks, Sugary or Not, are Damaging to the Brain

People who consume more than one diet soda a day are nearly three times more likely to develop dementia or stroke. Surprisingly, no such association was found for sugared drinks. These are the latest findings from a study published in…

Your Students Will Love This Demo of Primate Object Permanence

As Nathan DeWall and I explain in Psychology, 11th Edition, “Young infants lack object permanence—the awareness that objects continue to exist even when not perceived. By 8 months, infants begin exhibiting memory for things no longer seen.”   Given the early age…

Freud’s Slips

Looking for a great summer read? If you like Nate Silver’s quantitative assessments of politics and sports, you will love Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s new book on big data revelations about our human interests, traits, and behaviors. By drilling down through millions…