Music affects taste of wine
Want your wine to taste powerful and heavy? Listen to Carmina Burana
in the background!
Want your wine to taste zingy and refreshing? Put on some Just Can't Get Enough
by Nouvelle Vague!
More research on how sound affects the sense of taste. People given Montes Alpha 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay - both Chilean, described their experience of the wine differently according to the style of music they were listening to at the time.
How Belly Bugs Control Your Mood
So you know from the TV adverts that there are so called 'good' bacteria and 'bad' bacter
What is more plainly obvious is that certain bacteria can make you feel pretty bad!
Here's some evidence that the effects of these bacteria may extend to your mood too, leading to anxiety or depression.
Eating the Buddhist way
A review of several books on eating 'mindfully'.
This concept of being mindful has taken about 3000 years to become mainstream but now it's cropping up everywhere. It is now accepted as a valuable psychological technique - a way to become more aware of ones-self and take more control.
Now we have a series of 8 books reviewed here that all focus in various ways on the behavior of eating. They're not all about dieting and they're not all by psychologists but they all look interesting and I'll endeavor to wade through the list myself!
A Little less Cynicism May Go A Long Way
Here's a review from Harvard Business School of the effects of cynicism on performance at work.
Naivety can lead to great let downs and cynicism is often encouraged as a sort of strength in business. Although this review focuses on performance and outcomes in sales or negotiations, I just feel there is a lesson that transfers to many other person to person business situations
Do a man's facial dimensions influence his leadership performance?
Seems it may depend on whether his team are simple thinkers or complex thinkers - which are yours?
This is another experiment we've noticed that looks at this interesting idea that facial features are directly correlated with company performance.
Are you a leader? If so take a look in the mirror!
How vitamins and supplements can encourage unhealthy behaviour!
"People who rely on dietary supplements for health protection may pay a hidden price: the curse of licensed self-indulgence," say the researchers.
It's a bit like feeling it's OK to eat cake because you just done a long run. You're licensing yourself to indulge.
But it goes further than that - subjects in these experiments even felt risky behaviour like casual sex was less risky and that excessive drinking was more desirable!
Vitamins are supposed to be good for you!!!
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