Rubbing a dog’s ears – a weird phenomenon
You know how dogs love it when you rub their ears? Well, they actually have special nerves in their ears which secrete endorphins. Endorphins are pain-relieving, relaxing hormones. Nerves in the dog’s ears send impulses to the pituitary gland, making the dog release endorphins and essentially get “high” off of their own bodily hormones. Thank god this isn’t the case for humans.
The eldest child in a family usually has a higher IQ than their younger siblings
The average difference in I.Q. was slight — three points higher in the eldest child than in the closest sibling — but significant, the researchers said. And they said the results made it clear that it was due to family dynamics, not to biological factors like prenatal environment.
Researchers have long had evidence that firstborns tended to be more dutiful and cautious than their siblings, and some previous studies found significant I.Q. differences. But critics said those reports were not conclusive, because they did not take into account the vast differences in upbringing among families. — The New York Times
The IQ difference may not seem as much, but the “three points higher” may mean the difference of getting an A or a B in school.
The Human Brain has a Negative Bias
Take, for example, the studies done by John Cacioppo, Ph.D., then at Ohio State University, now at the University of Chicago. He showed people pictures known to arouse positive feelings (say, a Ferrari, or a pizza), those certain to stir up negative feelings (a mutilated face or dead cat) and those known to produce neutral feelings (a plate, a hair dryer). Meanwhile, he recorded electrical activity in the brain’s cerebral cortex that reflects the magnitude of information processing taking place.
This shows that humans have natural negative bias causing us to continually look for bad news. Our capacity to weigh negative input so heavily is likely to be evolved with good intention. Having a negative-sensitive apparatus in our brain allows us to keep out of harm’s way. — Psychology Today
This shows that humans have natural negative bias causing us to continually look for bad news. Our capacity to weigh negative input so heavily is likely to be evolved with good intention. Having a negative-sensitive apparatus in our brain allows us to keep out of harm’s way. The brain makes it impossible for us to not notice danger which in turn decreases the chance of being injured and ergo maximizing the ability to avoid dangerous situations.
Thinking in a Foreign Language Leads to Better Decisions
In one experiment, the team tested University of Chicago students who were native English speakers and had gained Spanish proficiency through college courses. From previous research, Hayakawa and co-author Sun Gyu An knew that people are naturally risk-averse, often forgoing numerous opportunities despite how advantageous they could end up being. Through this study, they discovered this characteristic was drastically reduced when decision making was done in Spanish.
For example, one of the tests done involved risk-taking in a coin toss. Participants received $15, of which they could contribute $1 to a coin toss bet. If they won the bet, they received $1.50; if they lost the coin toss, they’d lose the original $1. Statistically, if the participants risked all 15 bets, they would gain money because of the 50/50 chance of the coin toss itself.
Despite this statistic rationality, when the students were challenged in English, they accepted the bet 54 percent of the time. When challenged in Spanish, they accepted the bet 71 percent of the time.
Ultimately, they concluded, as more countries and people across the world start to participate in a global economy and, consequentially, begin to learn foreign languages, more rational and favorable (read: risky) decisions will be made. — The Huffington Post
“People who routinely make decisions in a foreign language might be less biased in their savings, investment and retirement decisions, as they show less myopic loss aversion,” the authors wrote “Over a long time horizon, this might very well be beneficial.”
ALL articles in Wikipedia lead to Philosophy
No matter what article you are reading in wikipedia, if you start clicking links in page you will ultimately reach pages on philosophy. For eg. i started with page on Nicki Minaj and clicked first link of pages that appear (you can choose 2nd,3rd or other link), take a look what i got
Nicki Minaj>>St. James>>Port of Spain>>Capital City>>Municipality>>Admin
Vitamin D >> Secosteroid >> Steroid >> Organic Compounds >> Gas >> state of matter >> physics >> natural philosophy >> philosophy
Thus all roads on wikipedia lead to philosophy.
The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days
In 1938, Adolf Hitler was Time magazine’s Man of the Year and in 1939, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The very same year World War II started.
Source : Quora
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