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Here is what I am reading today:

“People experience perceptions such as blue, sensations such as pain, emotions such as happiness, and thoughts such as believing that spring has finally arrived. Will psychology and neuroscience ever be able to explain how people have these kinds of consciousness?”

“Long before the age of gene therapy and miracle medical treatments, the secrets of long life were being gathered and revealed in a unique study of 1,500 children born about 1910. By studying these people throughout their lives, successive generations of researchers collected nearly 10 million pieces of observable data and have been able to produce solid insights into human longevity.”

“A long-term, stable romantic relationship with a committed, caring partner has many psychological benefits, which we know from the oodles of psychological research published about them. So it’s a good thing to try and protect one’s relationship from external influences. One of the most difficult to recover from and damaging influences is cheating.”

“Move over, newts and salamanders. The mouse may join you as the only animal that can re-grow their own severed limbs. Researchers are reporting that a simple chemical cocktail can coax mouse muscle fibers to become the kinds of cells found in the first stages of a regenerating limb.”


1 Comment

ehhunt · April 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm

In regards to “the key to a long life”:
I was fascinated by the date of the study in 1910—such an experiment seems ahead of its time! I can see why the best predictor of a long life in terms of personality would be conscientiousness because I would argue that those people tend to be more responsible and aware as well. Because the common phrase “happy people live longer” has been ingrained in my head, I thought it was interesting that Friedman and Martin found that cheeriness and being social were not the biggest predictors of happiness.

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