Daily Tidbit: 2D/4D Ratio

The 2D/4D ratio is the measurement of the length of the index finger (2nd digit) divided by the length of the ring finger (4th digit). This ratio is used as a proxy in sex research for prenatal testosterone exposure in humans and several other species including rats. Higher prenatal testosterone levels correlate with a lower 2D/4D ratio (with individual differences), which means that women tend … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: 2D/4D Ratio

Daily Tidbit: Dogs vs. Cats

Whether you’re a dog lover or cat lover, here is one indisputable fact — dogs are smarter than cats. Before any uproar begins, I’d like to share two things with you: 1) dog brains contain more than twice the neurons in cat brains, which means they have greater cognitive capability, and 2) dogs are far more trainable than cats, which means they have greater learning … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Dogs vs. Cats

Daily Tidbit: Dairy Fact

Outside of the U.S. and Canada, most countries sell and store milk at room temperature. A new and more efficient technique called ultra high temperature (UHT) pasteurization allows milk to stay fresh on the shelf for about three months — much longer than the 7-10 days in the refrigerator for milk treated with high-temperature short-time (HTST) pasteurization used in North America. Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Dairy Fact

Daily Tidbit: Quote of the Day

“Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion. “I am dying of thirst,” said Jill. “Then drink,” said the Lion. “May I— could I —would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill. The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Quote of the Day

Daily Tidbit: 5 Facts About Curiosity

A lack of curiosity has been linked with negative affect. Both people with depression and Alzheimer’s disease have significantly low levels of curiosity. Curiosity correlates positively with intelligence. Curiosity is a result of a neoteny, an evolutionary phenomenon in which our species as a whole displays traits, like playfulness and inquisitiveness, that were characteristic of juveniles in our ancestors. The brain region most associated with … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: 5 Facts About Curiosity

Daily Tidbit: Mental Health Tip

Smile! Or laugh! Research has shown that facial muscle activity can affect you psychologically. That means that even fake smiles and forced laughter can help alleviate your mood and reduce stress. The act of smiling releases neuropeptides that reduce stress hormones in the brain. Smiling also activates other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and dopamine to be released, relaxing your body, decreasing your heart rate and … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Mental Health Tip

Daily Tidbit: Chindogu

Chindogu (literally “unusual tool”) is a Japanese term coined by Kenji Kawakami, former editor of the magazine Mail Order Life, denoting the art of creating inventions to solve specific everyday problems but which are actually silly and even useless. The key to a great chindogu is a device that is almost useful, but is impractical because of the absurd way in which it attempts to solve a problem. … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Chindogu

Daily Tidbit: Quote of the Day

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning—- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. _____________________________________ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Quote of the Day

Daily Tidbit: Study Tip

We often study by simply re-reading or rewriting our lecture notes. However, we trick ourselves into thinking we know everything when we are simply recognizing the information. And just like we are good at recognizing faces, we are really good at recognizing our notes. However, this does not mean that we truly understand them. Instead, take a blank sheet of paper and write down questions … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Study Tip