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Is your nose making you overeat?

Is your nose making you overeat?

Some people are drawn to the thick smell of bacon, sizzling and crackling in the skillet on a Saturday morning.  For others, it’s the aroma of freshly baked cookies on a Friday night or the smell of McDonald’s fries creeping in through the car window.  At this time of year, I find the scent of [...]

September 30, 2013 — Julianne Wyrick
Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

When the substantia nigra is super charged by food restriction, or drugs, or both, you become super motivated to seek out more food, or more drugs… whatever floats the substantia nigra’s boat.

August 27, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Looks Can Taste Deceiving: How Color Can Affect Taste

Is it possible that our vision can affect our taste perception? Let’s review some examples of studies that claim to have demonstrated that sometimes what we see can override what we think we taste.

October 29, 2013 — Cheryl G. Murphy
Repent for Your Sins—or Turn Them into Something Good

Repent for Your Sins—or Turn Them into Something Good

The November/December Scientific American Mind is a tribute to the seven deadly sins. Not that gluttony, envy, greed, sloth, wrath, lust and pride are necessarily laudable traits, but we can learn a lot from them.

October 24, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Illusion of the Week: Japanese Burger-Chain Breaks the Curse of OCHOBO!

Illusion of the Week: Japanese Burger-Chain Breaks the Curse of OCHOBO!

Horking down a huge honking burger--American style--is considered unladylike in Japan. So Freshness Burger uses an unconventional approach to maintaining Ochobo--the Japanese cultural practice of maintaining small delicate mouth features in women.

November 13, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Your Brain on Thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It may not have the cache of winter holidays or the Cash! Yay! of a birthday, but it is the best feel-good holiday of the year.

November 27, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik
Fat Tuesday: Does Jet-Lag Make You Chronobese?

Fat Tuesday: Does Jet-Lag Make You Chronobese?

Chronic jetlag, habitual night shifts, and rotating shift work, can have deleterious consequences on circadian organization and metabolic health, says a new report in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science.

August 13, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde