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Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute commentary on the latest developments in the science of brain and behavior. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute commentary on the latest developments in the science of brain and behavior. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast
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Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute commentary on the latest developments in the science of brain and behavior. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Episodes

Up Your Online Dating Game with Evidence-Based Strategies

2/14/2015
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Choosing a user name starting with a letter appearing earlier in the alphabet is just one scientifically vetted way to increase the odds of turning an online encounter into a first date. Christopher Intagliata reports

Duration:00:01:58

Junk Diet Rewires Rat Brains

2/7/2015
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High-calorie and exceedingly pleasurable foods appear to change rat brain rewards circuitry, causing the rodents to continue to seek such fare. Erika Beras reports

Duration:00:01:34

High Price Tag on Meds May Boost Healing

1/31/2015
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Parkinson’s patients derived more benefits from a salt solution they were told was an expensive drug than from the same solution when it was described as being cheap medication. Karen Hopkin reports

Duration:00:01:28

Publication Bias May Boost Findings for Bilingual Brain Benefits

12/30/2014
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Of studies presented at conferences, those that found a cognitive benefit to bilingualism were almost twice as likely to get published in journals as were studies finding no benefit. Karen Hopkin reports

Duration:00:01:44

Inclusion Illusion Lessens Racial Bias

12/20/2014
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Implicit bias against another race lessened after volunteers experienced themselves via virtual reality as a member of that race. Karen Hopkin reports

Duration:00:01:41

Blood Test Forecasts Concussion Severity

12/15/2014
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Levels of a protein fragment in the blood paralleled how long head injuries benched hockey players. Ingrid Wickelgren reports

Duration:00:01:49

Bouncy Gait Improves Mood

12/8/2014
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If you're in an up mood, you may walk more energetically. But a study finds that purposefully walking more energetically may improve your mood. Christie Nicholson reports

Duration:00:02:07

Synchronized Walking Reduces Opponent's Perceived Size

11/9/2014
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Subjects who kept pace with a walking colleague estimated a potential enemy to be smaller and lighter than did other walkers who were not marching. Karen Hopkin reports

Duration:00:01:44

Big Parental Control May Stunt Kid Assertiveness

11/3/2014
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Young adults who’d had highly controlling parents were less able to stress their own viewpoints to a friend or partner in confident and productive ways. Daisy Yuhas reports

Duration:00:01:33

Lots or Little Sleep Linked to Sick Days

9/29/2014
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Absence from work due to illness increased dramatically for those who slept less than six hours or more than nine hours per night. Christie Nicholson reports

Duration:00:01:44

Can’t Take My Eyes off You—Your Face, That Is

9/6/2014
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The direction of your gaze when looking at someone offers an unconscious, automatic giveaway of whether your initial reaction is romance or sex. Christie Nicholson reports

Duration:00:01:50

Talking to Strangers Makes You Happy

8/30/2014
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People who had to strike up conversations on a subway later reported feeling happier than those who didn’t. Christie Nicholson reports.

Duration:00:01:54

People Think Experiences Bring Happiness, Still Opt for Things

8/24/2014
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Survey subjects rated life experiences as making them happier and as a better use of money than buying objects. But they actually spent their cash on material goods, whose value is more easily quantifiable. Erika Beras reports

Duration:00:01:41

Childhood Stress Decreases Size of Brain Regions

8/16/2014
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Children who experience neglect, abuse and/or poverty can have smaller amygdalas and hippocampuses, brain regions involved in emotion and memory, compared with kids raised in nurturing environments. Christie Nicholson reports

Duration:00:01:39

Even Monkeys Believe In Hot Streaks

8/12/2014
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Monkeys trained to play fixed video games made moves indicating that they expected certain patterns to occur. Erika Beras reports

Duration:00:01:46