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Rice or wheat? How grains define cultural identity

This picture taken on Nov.r 19, 2013, shows a farmer standing in his rice field in the farming village of Gangzhong in China's eastern Zhejiang province. "Rice theory," described in the journal Science, holds that people who traditionally grow paddy rice become more collective and holistic over time because of the intense labor involved and the need for cooperation among neighbors.  AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS

Ever wondered why cultures can be so different, with Westerners more focused on the individual than people in the East?

Posted: May 9th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

To avoid fight with spouse, eat a snack

This undated handout photo provided by Ohio State University shows an all purpose voodoo doll. A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study involving voodoo dolls is right. Psychology researchers monitored the nightly blood sugar levels of 107 married couples for three weeks, asking them to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing their spouses to measure aggression. They found that the lower the blood sugars, the higher the crankiness, and the more pins pushed into the voodoo doll, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The people with the lowest glucose scores pushed twice in general as many pins on average as those with the highest blood sugar levels, the researchers said. (AP Photo/Jo McCulty, Ohio State University)

A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Trance and hypnotic state explained


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Is there a difference between being in “trance” and being in a “hypnotic state”?

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Mind and Body | Read More »

Popular psychologist Joyce Brothers dead at 85

This undated file photo shows Dr. Joyce Brothers in the studio of her direct line radio show. Brothers saved a would-be suicide in 1968. The popular psychologist, columnist, and television and film personality has died in New York City on Monday, May 13, 2013. She was 85. AP Photo

Joyce Brothers, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality, has died. She was 85.

Posted: May 14th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Brain scans show what pain looks like

The X-ray scan of a wounded anti-regime demonstrator shows a bullet lodged in his brain while he is nursed at the intensive care unit at a hospital in the eastern city of Tobruk on February 25, 2011. Scientists said Wednesday, April 10, 2013, they have figured out how to recognize pain in brain scans, possibly paving the way for future tests that could accurately gauge its severity.  AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Scientists said Wednesday they have figured out how to recognize pain in brain scans, possibly paving the way for future tests that could accurately gauge its severity.

Posted: April 11th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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