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Mood Music: Music May Physically Block Out Pain

Mood Music: Music May Physically Block Out Pain | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Not to be outdone by "runner's high", music has been found to increase endorphins and increase a body's threshold for pain.

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Humans can smell fear, and it's contagious

Humans can smell fear, and it's contagious | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Humans can smell fear and disgust, and the emotions are contagious, according to a new study. The findings, published Nov. 5 in the journal Psychological Science, suggest that humans communicate via smell just like other animals.


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Need a Self-Control Boost? Gargle with Sugar Water!

Need a Self-Control Boost? Gargle with Sugar Water! | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

If you’re struggling to keep your self-control on track, keep a bottle of lemonade made with real sugar handy. You won’t have to drink it, just swish and gargle when you’re feeling like giving up. That’s the finding of new research published in the journal Psychological Science.


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People make more moral decisions when they think their heart is racing

People make more moral decisions when they think their heart is racing | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Why did the proverbial Good Samaritan cross the road to help the injured stranger? Perhaps he listened to his heart. Not in the poetic sense, but literally. A new study by Jun Gu and his colleagues has highlighted the way cardiac feedback influences people's moral decisions. When students were fed false feedback, leading them to think their heart was racing, they were more likely to volunteer for a good cause and less likely to lie to gain more money.


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