Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Lulu Miller, reporter at NPR and former Radiolab producer, tells us the story of how her entire world view flipped in one scary moment. It happened on a bike trip she took with her friend Soo. Lulu and Soo are, well … different. Lulu tends to be an optimist who ...
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Conventional scientific understanding holds that there are only six classic emotions: Happy, surprised, afraid, disgusted, angry, and sad. That is until now. A new study finds that, in fact, we don't even have six emotions—but only four "basic" emotions: Happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted. Dr. Rachael Jack of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow, is one of the scientists behind this new finding. She joins The Takeaway to explain how we categorize emotions.
Friday, July 12, 2013
The Brian Lehrer Show is assembling a mini-choir today to sing part of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah". Be part of the on-air choir or just listen in with Stacy Horn, author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, who talks about the emotional and health benefits of group singing.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Danielle Ofri, attending physician at Bellevue Hospital, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review and the author of What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine (Beacon Press, 2013), makes the case that for the best patient care, the emotions of doctors should be explored and understood rather than kept in check.
Monday, November 26, 2012
By Lulu Miller
It turns out these little flashing studs of flesh used to do something very specific (and useful!) for us. Lulu Miller explains how goose bumps used to protect us.
Monday, September 24, 2012
By Lulu Miller
We're so wired to recognize faces, we sometimes see them where they're not -- in clouds, in coffee swirls, in splotches of ink. This week, Lulu Miller leads a scavenger hunt for found faces. Take a look, and send us your photos (through our blog, or using our mobile app).
Monday, March 05, 2012
Sharon Begley, science journalist at Reuters and Richard J. Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who co-wrote The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them, talk about their discoveries about emotions and the brain and the implications for treatment.
Monday, April 04, 2011
Anne Kreamer, former executive at Nickelodeon, part of the founding team of SPY magazine, author of Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity and Everything Else that Really Matters and her new book It's Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace, writes about crying and other emotional expression at work in her new book.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Carl Zimmer, contributor to The New York Times' Science Times and author of Brain Cuttings: Fifteen Journeys Through the Mind, talks about developments in the research of smiling and what smiling means for our brains.
President Obama's smile was impressively consistent when he posed for photographs with 130 foreign dignitaries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009. Check out the video below, from Bus Your Own Tray blogger Eric Spiegelman.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
During last week’s tech segment, we explored military technology that’s being developed for use in the near future and the far-off future. Among the inventions that had a lot of us on the edge of our seats was the telepathic helmet, which will eventually make it possible for soldiers in the field to communicate without making a sound, as well as think more cohesively as a unit.
Of course, this kind of technology makes a lot of us afraid that the government and regular folks will eventually be able to read our minds. But Brad Allenby - Chair of the Consortium on Emerging Technology, Military Operations, and National security - assured us that that day is a long ways off.
Today’s guests, however, say that, when it comes to machines reading our minds and emotions, the future is now.