We make one of the most important decisions of our lives?whether or not to trust another person?in less than one second. Psychologist Alex Todorov flashed photographs to 200 volunteers for one second?and sometimes even LESS, and asked them to rate how trustworthy each face was. Even if they were given more time, their original, “snap” judgement of the person in the photograph did not change.

LiveScience.com reports that Todorov still can’t figure out exactly what it was about each photo that made the faces seem trustworthy?or not.
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Apples and apple juice may be among the best foods that people of EVERY age can consume, according to new research. Apple products can help boost brain function in ways similar to medication (however, it should be noted that this study was sponsored by the U.S. Apple Association).

Animal research shows that drinking apple juice may actually increase the production in the brain of an essential neurotransmitter, resulting in improved memory. Researcher Thomas Shea says, “We anticipate that the day may come when foods like apples, apple juice and other apple products are recommended along with the most popular Alzheimer’s medications.”
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One reason why it’s so dangerous to drive while using a cell phone is that, according to psychologist Justin Halberda,”human beings are limited to paying attention to no more than three objects at any one time.” It’s the reason why we could never make sense out of watching sports, like the World Cup, if the players weren’t all wearing the same color uniforms.

Halberda says, “We report the rather surprising result that people can focus on more than three items at a time if those items share a common color. Our research suggests that the common color allows people to overcome the usual limit, because the ‘color coding’ enables them to perceive the separate individuals as a single set.”
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The old joke about how a woman can’t have sex because she has a headache has some truth to it: our brains continually wage war within themselves over which thought?or impulse?will “win” and get our full attention and action. Creative people who want to use their intuitive, unconscious minds often write or paint while listening to music or even watching TV. This keeps the logical part of the brain occupied so the more creative part can do the work.
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