Positively Parenting

Spare the rod, spoil the child? NO. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Kids grow up so fast these days. Literally. Stress can actually accelerate their aging process through genetic changes. And that comes with increased health risks. How can we slow down? For kids

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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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Guilty Pleasures

Hark! Is that the ice cream truck I hear? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Trips are fun — but guilt trips are not! Guilt shapes much of our actions, for better or worse. But can we control those guilty feelings? Kristen Duke and On

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Spoiling the Spoiler

Harry Potter fans: Spoiler alert! Snape kills Dumbledore! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Feeling upset right now? You’re not alone. A spoiler is learning the end of a story before it begins. This includes who won last night’s game, or what happened to your

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Trusty Wrinkles

Should I skip the wrinkle cream tonight? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying yes! We all notice the wrinkles around our eyes. But what do wrinkles reveal about us? Julio Martinez-Trujillo and his team at the University of Western Ontario study wrinkle communication. They

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Looking for Trouble

Problems — do we get what we look for? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Maybe you’ve heard THIS story: a neighborhood watch lowers crime in an area. But once the burglaries stop, the watch doesn’t relax. Instead, people start calling in jaywalkers! It’s called

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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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