A study by the University of Basel discovered there’s some truth to the cliched belief that men and women process their feelings differently. Maybe John Gray was on to something? The study, which will be published in the Journal of Neuroscience, “focused on determining the gender-dependent relationship between emotions, memory performance and brain activity.” The results show that women find intense imagery more emotionally stimulating than men, and are more likely to remember those images. Keep reading »
The past week has been kinda a bummer for me, and I’ve hit the point where I’ll search for a little happiness just about anywhere. When I saw that someone had asked the Reddit community “What is the best feeling in the world?”, I clicked expecting to see a mix of classics (like peeling the protective plastic off of new gadgets) and the obvious sexual things (which, of course, were there).
What I didn’t expect was to have my heart basically melt out of my body by one user’s completely spot-on list of 86 absolutely perfect pleasures. Read them all on College Candy…
Guess what? I didn’t win the New York Lotto AGAIN. For some reason, my family is fascinated with the Lotto. Not Vegas style gambling, just your average convenience store lottery. Since my early childhood, I remember them purchasing tickets but never winning anything significant. As an adult, I find myself getting sucked in. I know the chances of winning are less than slim, but whenever I attempt to resist, someone says, “You’ve got to be in it to win it.”
If you have ever purchased a Mega Millions, Powerball, Sweet Millions, or state Lotto, you have experienced the following. Keep reading »
The feelings map you see above is a visual representation of the findings from a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, which found that emotions influence our bodies in consistent, universal ways. Finnish researchers asked 701 participants in three countries to identify where they felt certain sensations while reading short stories or watching movies meant to invoke emotional responses. On a blank, computerized figurine, they were then asked to color in the areas of their body where they felt sensations became stronger (red and yellow) or weaker (blue and black) when they experienced certain emotions. The results, albeit totally subjective (no one’s face literally turned red with fear), help explain where the phrases “hot with envy,” “beaming with pride,” and “feeling blue” come from. It also makes perfect sense that disgust is felt through the digestive tract, anxiety in the chest and love in the head, heart and genitals. [The Atlantic]
Every member of The Frisky staff has cried today. It’s the equivalent of a moon circle in here. I passed around this Emotional Guidance Scale so we could all identify where we were at. If it’s possible to be in both spirals at once, I am simultaneously a number 5 upward (optimism), number 21 downward (insecurity/guilt/unworthiness). I didn’t realize I was so near the bottom. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. That was my optimism speaking. Ugh. I think I need to eat more pastries. Where are you at today? [dgls.pls]