Honesty, Time and Money

Time does not mean money when it comes to honesty

Time does not mean money when it comes to honesty.

Researchers at Harvard Business School and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated that thinking about time or money beforehand makes a difference in later behavior. In a series of experiments, they were able to show that priming people to think about time increases those people’s moral compass – resulting in more moral behavior in times of temptation.

On the other hand, thinking about money beforehand tended to produce less moral behavior when faced with opportunities to cheat.

Their hypothesis concerning their study subjects primed to think about time is that they may:

“…notice that how they spend their time sums up to their life as a whole, encouraging them to act in ways they can be proud of when holding up this mirror to who they are.”

Their conclusion:

“Our results suggest that finding ways to nudge people to reflect on the self at the time of temptation, rather than on the potential rewards they can accrue by cheating, may be an effective way to curb dishonesty.”

When you’re communicating with another and you want honesty, I figure maybe it’s best not to talk about money beforehand. Talk about time – like the “time” you went out and had a great time, or the “time” you have to spend on a particularly enjoyable project, or maybe even just your feelings about the “time of day.”

“What time is it?” may work out better before a discussion than, “Got some cash?”

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Originally posted 2014-01-02 10:00:58.

Google May Slow Brain Aging

"Older people with minimal experience, performing Internet searches for even a relatively short period of time can change brain activity patterns and enhance function."

“Older people with minimal experience, performing Internet searches for even a relatively short period of time can change brain activity patterns and enhance function.”

Research out of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), presented at the Neuroscience 2009 meeting in Chicago, IL, demonstrated signs of enhanced neural stimulation in parts of the brain that control decision-making and reasoning in the brains of middle aged and older first time Internet users after only seven days of internet use – specifically, doing searches.

They contend that learning to use the Internet stimulates neural activation patterns and could enhance brain function and cognition in older adults.

As a long time habitual web surfer, and aging Baby Boomer, I’m absolutely delighted to read this! On the other hand, I’m left with one less excuse for forgetting where I left my keys – again!!

Senior research associate at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and study author Teena D Moody told the press, “The results suggest that searching online may be a simple form of brain exercise that might be employed to enhance cognition in older adults.”

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Originally posted 2009-11-11 10:00:50.

Empathy vs Sympathy

There’s a lot of confusion about sympathy and empathy. This animated short video clearly illustrates basic differences between them and why we as healers might wish to focus more on the healing power of empathy – and maybe reevaluate how we interact with our clients and patients in light of this information.

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Originally posted 2014-01-08 10:00:42.

Rapid Eye Technology and Overeating

RET should make you fatter. Why doesn't it?

RET should make you fatter. Why doesn’t it?

I have a concern about Rapid Eye Technology (RET). It has to do with why we sometimes eat even when we aren’t hungry. I contend that RET affects brain areas associated with body weight control – in a negative way. The big question for me isn’t how RET can help overweight people lose weight – rather, why doesn’t RET make its practitioners and clients fatter?

Science has known for 60 years that activating a certain part of the brain, the lateral hypothalamus, can cause one to eat when not hungry. More recent studies have focused on how that area and others “dance” together to help some of us overeat – particularly when we’re not all that hungry. The RET blinking and eye movement processes “activate” those very same brain areas – so why don’t RET practitioners and clients get fatter as a result? I wonder.

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Originally posted 2013-10-16 10:00:53.

Parasite of Death

This is one dangerous parasite - for some folks.

This is one dangerous parasite – for some folks.

Recently, someone close to me attempted suicide. Fortunately, he was found in time. Still, he is at risk of a repeat performance because NO medical cause was found. According to the hospital staff, they all consider suicide a psychological condition and so, when he was physically stable, they release him with a referral to a psychiatrist. Unfortunately, he has no health insurance and so will likely receive no treatment. Further, when he receives the hospitalization bill, his depression will likely worsen. It concerns me a lot.

Research done at Michigan State University reported in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry¬† links an infection caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite to suicide attempts. According to the article’s lead author, Lena Brundin, about 10-20 percent of people in the United States have Toxoplasma gondii, or T. gondii, in their bodies, which produces harmful metabolites that can damage brain cells.

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Originally posted 2012-09-26 19:21:36.