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Embodied Cognition

Your Presence Is a Contribution

Padma Gordon | Posted 03.01.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Padma Gordon

I wanted to share some insights from my client sessions today as they are a source of inspiration for me and I hope they will be for you. The piece I ...

The Fascinating Science Behind 'Talking' With Your Hands

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.06.2016 | Science

If someone has ever made fun of you for making elaborate hand gestures while talking -- or you've seen footage of yourself speaking, only to be horrif...

Why the Word 'Moist' Makes Your Skin Crawl

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.07.2016 | Science
Hippo Reads

Word aversion has drawn impressive pop-cultural coverage in the last five-or-so years. But despite all the talk of these fairly neutral words that we find so revolting, very little is known about why we can't stand them.

Feeling the 'Rocky' in Relationships

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.17.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

In 2008, a massive earthquake shook the Chinese province of Sichuan. The immediate devastation was followed by a dramatic spike in the divorce rate, a phenomenon that captured international attention -- and sparked widespread speculation -- at the time. Did the deadly earthquake actually cause the jump in marital breakups?

Jacqueline Howard

The Simple Trick That Can Boost Your Confidence Immediately | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.15.2015 | Science

Smile, don't slouch, and don't cross your arms. Your parents probably taught you to use certain body language to appear friendly and polite. But new research shows that your body language does much more than just change the way other people see you -- it can even change how you see yourself. Psychologists describe this phenomenon as "embodied cognition." Just watch the latest video in our Talk Nerdy series above to learn more.

4 Ways To Have A Happier Day

Megan McDonough | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan McDonough

Popular advertising depicts that happiness comes in the form of flat abs, wrinkle-free skin or the right clothes that make you cool, hip, and happening. Thankfully, none are necessary for happiness. How about celebrating your body just as it is -- a perfect doorway to happiness?

Software Takes Command: An Interview with New Media Theorist Lev Manovich, Part 1

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.15.2014 | Home
Illya Szilak

Many of us have become daily producers/reproducers of cultural content, and it is technology that has made this possible.

Study Suggests Surprising Factor In Dangerous Driving

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.27.2013 | Science

Sitting in the wrong chair can certainly send you to the chiropractor -- but can it make you a crook? That question's not as far-fetched as you might ...

Damned Spot: Guilt, Scrubbing, and More Guilt

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.26.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

So far, the "Lady Macbeth Effect" has been mostly a curiosity -- a peek at the quirkiness of the not-entirely-rational human mind. But might this scientific insight actually be clinically useful? Tel Aviv University psychological scientist Reuven Dar and his colleagues thought that it might.

You Are Essentially What You Wear

Bruce Hood | Posted 08.21.2012 | Science
Bruce Hood

There is something deeply repugnant about coming into contact with the clothing of someone we revile. It's as if a killer's evil might rub off on us.

Do the Clothes Make the Man (or Woman)?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Many health care workers wear a doctor's white lab coat even though they are not physicians. When asked as to why, they uniformly respond that the coat garners respect from patients and colleagues.

Shivering Liberals, Parched Conservatives

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.21.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Nobody thinks, "Democrats drink more water," or, "Republicans wear warmer clothes." Knowing someone's politics should not affect how cold or thirsty we think they are -- yet these results suggest that it does.

Amy Lee

Fear Can Help You Appreciate Abstract Art: Study | Amy Lee | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home

The next time you're having trouble appreciating Jackson Pollock, try seeing a horror movie first. According to a new study, feeling fear may actua...

Thinking Out of the Box: How Physical Experience Enhances Creativity

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Something as simple as gesturing with alternate hands, or literally getting out of the box, may eliminate unconscious barriers that restrict thinking.

Understanding The Air Guitar Itch

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

The next time you find yourself at a great concert, let your inner air musician fly. You're just reflecting the way your body wants to understand the music. And when the band tells you to clap, join in. You'll end up feeling much closer to everyone else in the crowd.

How Your Sense Of Taste May Shape Your Moral Judgments

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Conservative and liberal minds, it appears, may be fundamentally different psychologically, with conservatives much more sensitive to everyday triggers for physical disgust, and much more likely to commingle repulsion and moral judgment.

The Psychology Of 'Purity'

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

This is the first study to explore the physical embodiment of virtue. Soap and water can literally salve our guilt, and soften our moral judgments of others.

A Good Week for Science (Or, What Eating Worms Reveals About Politics)

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

In one experiment, the strength of blink reflexes to unexpected noises was measured and correlated with degrees of reactions to external threats. Conservatives reacted considerably more strongly than liberals.