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Virtual avatars may impact real-world behavior

Super heroes give out more chocolate, villains more chili sauce. "Our results indicate that just five minutes of role-play in virtual environments as either a hero or villain can easily cause people to reward or punish anonymous strangers," says lead researcher Gunwoo Yoon of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Virtual avatars may impact real-world behavior

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from Harvard Business Review

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working in today’s complex business environment, and certainly every leader, should know about.

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from Slate Magazine

Gazing at Virtual Nature Is Good for Your Psychological Well-Being

In the year since Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster rifle to gun down 20 children in Newtown, Conn., the discourse on gun control has focused on mass shooti ...

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The Surprising Benefits of Oversharing

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from The Atlantic

Make Time for Awe

Elisha Goldstein talks to Jeff Brantley, founder and director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at Duke University’s Center for Integrative Medicine, about issues surrounding the increasing prevalence of anxiety in North America.

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from Mashable

In Brain Wave Experiment, Whoever Feels the Strongest Emotion Wins

Emotional Arcade pits regular people in a competition to experience emotions as strongly as they can, while monitoring their brain activity.

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Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All

Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All. Great coverage of an important and interesting issue, and some fascinating researchers!

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from Washington Post

Feeling mad? New devices can sense your mood and tell — or even text — others.

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Don't let your tech toys trick you into working too much. "The increased productivity associated with staying connected to work in the evening hours is often achieved at the cost of mental health, yielding higher stress levels which may lead to poor recovery, impaired performance, fatigue, and sleep complaints."

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When you're trying to learn, do something with your new knowledge, such as summarising it or explaining it to someone else. This deepens your memories and helps integrate what you've learned with what you already knew. A new study has tested the benefits of another beneficial learning activity - drawing.

Want to learn something better? Draw it

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