Peculiar gastronomy: Why do we eat scary food?

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Scary food: Commodifying culinary heritage as meal adventures in tourism Szilvia Gyimóthy1 and Reidar Johan Mykletun2 1Department of Service Management, Lund University/Campus Helsingborg, Box 882, 25108 Helsingborg, Sweden, szilvia.gyimothy@msm.lu.se 2Department of Service Management, Lund University/Campus Helsingborg, Box 882, 25108 Helsingborg, Sweden Abstract This article portrays the changing status and use of a traditional Norwegian meal, … Continue reading

Baddeley’s Model of Working Memory

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Working memory. Baddeley A. Medical Research Council, Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Science. 1992 Jan 31;255(5044):556-9. Abstract The term working memory refers to a brain system that provides temporary storage and manipulation of the information necessary for such complex cognitive tasks as language comprehension, learning, and reasoning. This definition has evolved from the concept … Continue reading

Eating Disorders (ED) and image of the self: A possible tool for ED assesment

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Self-figure drawings in women with anorexia; bulimia; overweight; and normal weight: A possible tool for assessment. Jonathan Guez, Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Shimrit Valetsky, Diego K. Sztul, Bat-Sheva Pener Haifa, Israel The Arts in Psychotherapy (15 September 2010) doi:10.1016/j.aip.2010.09.001 Key: citeulike:7886958 Abstract Eating disorders (ED) are an increasing problem in children and young adolescents. This paper examines … Continue reading

Zatorre Lab: Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of peak emotion to music

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Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of peak emotion to music Valorie N Salimpoor, Mitchel Benovoy, Kevin Larcher, Alain Dagher & Robert J Zatorre Nature Neuroscience (2011) doi:10.1038/nn.2726 Abstract Music, an abstract stimulus, can arouse feelings of euphoria and craving, similar to tangible rewards that involve the striatal dopaminergic system. Using the neurochemical … Continue reading

Mental Imagery

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Mental Imagery Mental imagery (varieties of which are sometimes colloquially refered to as “visualizing,” “seeing in the mind’s eye,” “hearing in the head,” “imagining the feel of,” etc.) is quasi-perceptual experience; it resembles perceptual experience, but occurs in the absence of the appropriate external stimuli. It is also generally understood to bear intentionality (i.e., mental … Continue reading

Ringing Ears: The Neuroscience of Tinnitus @ McMaster University

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Source Tinnitus, that phantom ringing in the ears that affects thousands in Canada, is generated not by the ear, but by neurons firing in the brain, according to a North American research team that includes a McMaster University scientist. “The tinnitus is not generated by processes in the ear, but changes in the brain when … Continue reading

TED TALK: Jill Taylor’s Powerful Stroke of Insight

Probably the greatest lecture to ever blend Passion and Science. NOTES TED TALK Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight What is it about my brain that allows me to take my dreams, connect them to my reality and make my dreams come true, while a my brother – who is diagnosed with schizophrenia- is unable … Continue reading

Will power and the role of embodied cognition in self-control: Clenched Muscles can help facilitate self-regulation

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Will power and the role of embodied cognition in self-control People who clenched a muscle were able to increase their will power in a series of tests. You’re trying to exercise willpower—to avoid eating that second piece of cake or buying an electronic toy you don’t really need. Try firming up your muscles. Any muscles. … Continue reading

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