Joyce S. Cohen

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What it really means to be lonely

Is loneliness our modern malaise?<p>Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says the most common pathology he saw during his years of service "was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness."<p>Chronic loneliness, some say, is like "smoking 15 cigarettes a day." It "kills more people than obesity."<p>…

Loneliness

The Best Small Town to Visit in All 50 States

The paradox of big-city travel is that you never really get a break. You ditch work in New York, LA, or Chicago to go visit your buddies in New York, …

43 paintings you need to see before you die

In an old barn that Jackson Pollock transformed into a studio, the artist laid his massive canvas on the wooden plank floor. He hurled white, yellow, blue, and black paint with sticks and knives at it. As he finished, he pressed his cigarette butt into the canvas, dripping with color.<p>This is how …

Art

Plants That Grow in Full Shade

Searching for plants that grow in full shade is an endeavor fraught with challenges. The difficulties begin with the very language we use to discuss …

Landscaping

How Long-Term Adderall Use Affects The Brain

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Alex K. Chen.</i><p><b>Short summary:</b> Adderall/Dexedrine can be neurotoxic in the long run (by damaging …

A Daily Dose Of Marijuana In Old Age Keeps Dementia Away

We all forget things sometimes, whether it's our car keys or the words to a song. As we age, changes in memory are normal, but we also become more …

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CNN
New Jersey

Americans’ Bizarre Relationship With the Color of Their Food

In the past century and a half, marketers have helped shape ideas about what’s “natural” and what isn’t.<p>There are many parts of the world where, for much of human history, food was likely a dull visual affair. Take Tuscany, the culinarily renowned region of Italy that the writer Bill Buford muses …

Harvard Business School

The Differences Between Alzheimer’s And Dementia

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease may share many of the same symptoms, but the two are not different names for the same condition. Here’s what you …

8 Types of Toxic People Who Will Rob You of Your Happiness | Inc.com

Just how terribly destructive can spending time with toxic people be? Science offers a few clues (and they're all disturbing).<p>First, psychological research shows that criticism and insults are five times more powerful than compliments. That means if you want to keep your marriage flourishing, for …

Self-help

This Easy Dinner Only Needs One Skillet and 15 Minutes

<i>Keep a bag of frozen tortellini tucked away in your freezer and you can rest easy knowing that a quick meal is always at the ready. This series on</i> …

Cooking

Killing Jesus: Who Was the Real Pontius Pilate?

<b>PONTIUS PILATE</b><b><br>Deciphering a Memory</b><br>By Aldo Schiavone<br>Translated by Jeremy Carden<br>238 pp. Liveright Publishing. $24.95.<p>The life of Jesus of Nazareth, as recorded in the Gospels, is bracketed by memorable actions on the part of two powerful men: a king and a Roman governor. Upon hearing of the birth of …

Faith

An evolutionary psychologist explains why you will always be haunted by high school

For better or worse, many of us never forget high school: the unrequited romantic crushes, chronic embarrassment, desperate struggles for popularity, sexual awakening, parental pressure and, above all else, competition—social, athletic, academic.<p>There’s even an entire genre of entertainment that …

Psychology

Why obesity damages your mind as well as your body

It’s not just your waistline that suffers as you put on weight, with researchers finding puzzling new links between obesity, memory loss and dementia.<p>Lucy Cheke and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge recently invited a few participants into her lab for a kind of ‘treasure hunt’.<p>The …

The Brain

A Single-Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie for When You Don't Want to Whip Up a Full Batch

A sugar craving hits. But—gasp—you ate the last Newman-O yesterday. And there’s nothing but a bite of ice cream left in the freezer (not even worth …

Dessert

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Ancient Confession Found: 'We Invented Jesus Christ'

American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a …

How being alone may be the key to rest

<b>How much rest do we think we need, who is getting the most, and what are the most restful activities? The results of the world's largest survey on rest indicate that to feel truly rested, a lot of us want to be alone.</b><p>Last November an online survey called The Rest Test was launched to investigate …

Durham University

Nicola Benedetti: Treat classical music like broccoli

The establishment has spent years trying to make classical music cool, enticing a new generation with a series of well-meaning projects.<p>But the solution to teaching children to love classical music could be much simpler: sit them down and make them listen.<p>Nicola Benedetti, the award-winning …

10 funny Bible verses you have to read to believe

The Bible is usually considered a boring book full of commandments about what you shouldn’t do—all the fun things, like getting drunk on wine, …

People With Anger Disorder May Have More Trouble Processing Social Cues

The stereotype concerning someone with anger issues is that they just have bad impulse control. You joke that they haven’t slept in a week, they …

University of Chicago
Literature

9 tragic love stories to read after seeing 'Me Before You'

The film adaption of <i>Me Before You</i>, Jojo Moyes’ stunning tale of loss and romance, hits theaters Friday and follows the tragic relationship between …

Books

Going to Extremes: The Supreme Court and Senate Republicans’ Unprecedented Record of Obstruction of President Obama’s Nominees

Considering the nomination of a Justice to fill a vacancy on the nation’s highest court is one of the most solemn and consequential tasks performed …

Mitch McConnell

Poverty Can Alter Your DNA So You’re At Greater Risk For Depression

Being poor isn’t just about not having money–it also has damaging physical effects.<p>Being poor is about more than just finances. A growing body of research has shown for awhile that the cycle of poverty is also psychological–and physiological. Having no money makes people stressed, which changes …

Do You Have Religion or a Relationship With God?

I can't begin to count how many messages and emails I've received from people telling me the reason I'm gay is because I didn't do God <i>the right way</i>. "You had religion, but not a relationship," some tell me, or "You were never really a Christian in the first place." They spout religious rhetoric and …

Faith

A simple hobby that can help raise your IQ

Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning is actually far more fluid than previously believed.<p>For example, research out of the University of Zurich shows that doing one simple thing can actually raise a person's IQ.<p>And we're not just talking about children, whose …

The Brain

Want to Raise Your IQ? Neuroscience Says to Take Up This Easy Habit | Inc.com

Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you are, and that's that.<p>Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning is actually far more fluid than previously believed.<p>For example, research out of the University …

The Brain