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Sleep less, gain more

Sleep less, gain more

We all know we should get more sleep, we're just not very good at it. In fact, we're so BAD at it that 28.3% of us (as of 2007, anyway) got less than 6 hours of sleep per night.

July 22, 2013 — Scicurious
Sci is Off to the Wild Beyond!

Sci is Off to the Wild Beyond!

A note to everyone that I am headed off to the Wild Beyond for two weeks. Where that Wild Beyond is will be revealed upon my return, when, if you are very unlucky, I may blog about it like I did my trip to Japan a few years ago.

July 21, 2013 — Scicurious
When feeling anxious, it really does help to get more sleep

When feeling anxious, it really does help to get more sleep

It seems like the worst sort of cycle. The less sleep you get, the less effective you are. Then you have more to do, get more stressed, and stay up trying to get it all done (or lie awake stressing about it).

July 15, 2013 — Scicurious
Friday Weird Science: The evo psych of cunnilingus

Friday Weird Science: The evo psych of cunnilingus

Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, asking "why cunnilingus"? I ask because, well, some other people asked. They did a study, in fact, trying to uncover the evolutionary reason behind cunnilingus.

July 12, 2013 — Scicurious
Running the stress away

Running the stress away

Several studies now have shown that exercise can reduce feelings of anxiety...but how does that work? This study helps get at the answer. Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today to talk about exercise and anxiety, head over and check it out!

July 10, 2013 — Scicurious
Really feel the beat: singing and heartrate

Really feel the beat: singing and heartrate

When you are singing together in a group, you can really get in sync. Not like this: (Remember that?)Instead, when you're all together and singing something really powerful, you kind of get the feeling that you're in sync with each other.

July 8, 2013 — Scicurious
What is dopamine? And Can Being a bookworm help your brain

What is dopamine? And Can Being a bookworm help your brain

Sci has a piece over at Slate today! I hear a lot of "dopamine is love", "dopamine is lust", "dopamine is addiction", "dopamine is...". The reality? Dopamine is FAR more complex, and more wonderful than that.

July 3, 2013 — Scicurious

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