Drugs and music seem to go together naturally, but if you take Ecstasy while listening to loud music, you may get permanent brain damage. Is there a scientific way to predict which songs will be hits? Scientists have tried to find a method to do this for movies, now they want to find a scientific method that will help create hit songs. Will this work any better than their movie methods, which have so far left Hollywood cold?
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The New York Times recently interviewed professional baseball players, who all said that when they’re on a hitting streak, the baseball looks the size of a grapefruit, but when they’re doing badly, it looks about the size of an ant. The mind controls all sorts of things, including how we see ourselves and our bodies.

Whether you feel fat, thin or in between has little to do with the reality of your body, because a person’s self-image is an illusion constructed in the brain.
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Newswise – Recent studies have suggested that we have a “second brain” in our intestines, which means that our guts get all twisted up when we’re under stress, because they “worry,” just like our brains do. Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) know this well. It turns out that not only do our intestines worry, our stomachs cannot tell a lie.

A new study suggests that measuring the changes in gastric output works better than standard polygraphs in distinguishing between lying and telling the truth. There is a clear link between the act of lying and a significant increase in gastric problems.
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Newswise – If you slow down to peer at an auto accident, you may be unable to avoid having an accident yourself for a few seconds afterwards, since you momentarily become deaf and blind. The same thing happens when you watch pornography on TV?you may not see or hear your partner for a few seconds after an erotic scene.

Psychologist David Zald says, “We observed that people fail to detect visual images that appeared one-fifth of a second after emotional images, whereas they can detect those images with little problem after neutral images.” In other words, emotionally-charged information causes people to become almost blind and deaf to their surroundings for a few seconds after seeing it?enough time to have a dangerous auto accident.
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