Music Moves the Mind's Chemicals
Listening to your favorite melodies and harmonies can trigger the brain to release large amounts of dopamine, a chemical that sends "feel good" signals to the rest of the body.
According to a new study, self motivation and predisposition to addiction are altered by the same brain chemical affected when we listen to music. "The small study, published in February in Nature Neuroscience, used brain scans to show that college students released significantly more dopamine when they heard their preferred music (which was as varied as Beethoven, Led Zeppelin and the Israeli trance band Infected Mushroom) as opposed to someone else’s tunes. ... Not only was the potent neurochemical released at the moment of peak emotional response—when you might feel those goosebumps—but the mere anticipation of that peak arousal was also enough to cause an increase in dopamine."
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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