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Embodied Cognition

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 | Books
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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.