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How ‘evolutionary mismatch’ affects our weight, behavior, and overall health

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Next time you’re craving sugar and you reach for that candy bar thank your ancestors because their behaviors — like hoarding rare sugary foods like fruits during droughts or famines — are still wired in our brains. In the thousands of years since our world has changed (sugary food is abundantly available these days) but our brains remain the same.


The eye-opening science behind ‘inattentional blindness’

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In an iconic study from 1999, Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris, researchers at Harvard University, used a gorilla costume as a prop to explore visual perception.


We’re all chilling out, new research shows

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One of the most widely accepted standard measurements of the human body, a normal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, has declined gradually for more than 150 years in the United States by about 1.6% since the pre-industrial era, a new study published in the journal eLife finds. The cooling off owes largely to improvements in health and medicine and in part to increasingly cushy lifestyles, the study’s researchers think.

Many health practitioners are still using the old, inaccurate number of 98.6 F as the presumed norm, which was set by a German physician in 1851.

“Our temperature’s not what people…


Your urge to gobble up those chubby cheeks has an evolutionary purpose

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If you’ve ever had the desire to hug a cute baby or animal supertight, you’re part of the approximately 50% of people who experience what psychologists call “cute aggression.”

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