empathy

SEX OBJECT: Empathy Erosion via the Female Form

SEX OBJECT: Empathy Erosion via the Female Form

Disclaimer:

Strong language, of the non-sciencey sort, will be used in the following piece. The content may be disturbing to readers denying the gender based violence women experience on a daily basis in the workplace, traveling to the workplace, getting a coffee outside the workplace, leaving the workplace, oh – and being hired in the workplace to begin with. Lewd thoughts/gestures/remarks and the occasional pussy-grabbing affect the objectifier as much as the objectified. Learn why. And change it.  

Reading with discretion is advised.

Pathways of Thankfulness: Gratitude in the Brain

Pathways of Thankfulness: Gratitude in the Brain

Crisp November gently beckons fire-side chats, warm knitted scarfs and fragrant kitchens redolent of home scents.  This month, a thankful attitude lifts spirits and encourages kind actions.  Despite its psychological benefit, gratitude is elusive, not inherent and difficult to define. Some psychologists contend that gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself.  What defines meaning in our brain and how does gratitude carve out its neural pathways?

Choose Personality, Press Play: Cognitive Style Predicted by Musical Preference

Choose Personality, Press Play: Cognitive Style Predicted by Musical Preference

At first blush, layers of a personality peel back slowly.  Upon meeting someone new, a rudimentary judgment blooms based on apparent age, posture, gender, style of dress and even language spoken: Liberal. Likely shops at Whole Foods. Listens to NPR.  Intelligent and neat. Clearly owns a cat. Maybe two.  Is that a sperm whale tattoo? We are definitely going to be friends.  While our brain is adapted to make snappy assumptions, research points to a much faster (and more accurate) way of unlocking key personality elements: listening to their playlist.