Blocking with Tetris

Tetris – the perfect fit for blocking boredom – and more? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ahhh…cleared another line! Tetris is a quick, fun escape from boredom or frustration. And when we emerge from the shape-shifting trance we feel… better! Could this disconnection from

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Brain Synch

“Once upon a time…” could be more than a fairy tale!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science…and storytelling as mind control!?  Enhui Xie and Qing Yin from East China Normal University and colleagues wondered. Could telling stories turn strangers into friends?? Thirty-two volunteers were split

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Trust Me?

Have I told you lately that I trust you? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Remember the Scout Oath? “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful…” and so on? They were on to something – you might say trust helps the world go ’round! But can

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Lone Phone

All by myself….! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Being a teenager has always been challenging! My flashbacks to middle school are scary enough! But apparently now it’s becoming even harder. Many teens today report feeling lonelier than previous generations did!  But WHY? Jean Twengea

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Ad-itude

That purse speaks to you. Those shoes are calling your name! How does Instagram know the EXACT way to your wallet?? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Marketing departments throw ads at us with pinpoint accuracy. But can we sniff out WHICH ads are targeted

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Outsider’s Tragedy

What’s not out about being IN? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Someone got a flat tire on the highway – poor guy! You would definitely stop to help a friend, but hesitate when it’s a stranger… why? Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal from UC Berkeley and

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Risky Business

Love long, lazy strolls? Hate roller coasters? No match – swipe LEFT! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The bride dreams of skydiving through their vows! But the groom would rather stay on solid ground. Can this marriage survive? Ask Marta Serra-Garcia of UC San

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Less is More

Family cooking

What’s the best recipe – add or subtract? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine preparing your aunt’s salsa recipe. A taste, and HMMMM … add extra salt? Or does it need less chili?  How do humans approach such life’s important life challenges? Gabrielle Adams

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Help Needed

Diffusion of responsibility, bystander effect illustration — Stock Image & Photo from depositphotos.com

HELLLP! Somebody nabbed MY grocery cart in the Trader Joe’s parking lot! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The “bystander effect” claims that individuals are less likely to help when other people are around. But what’s the chance that at least ONE person steps up?  

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Perfection Perception

"How to take the perfect selfie" instructions

It’s hard to be a millennial—when you’re a millennial? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Overachievers. OCD. Helicopter parents. Buzz words, sure, but are these tied to real phenomena? Enter researchers from the UK, Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill. They compiled over one-hundred-and-fifty studies from

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