Did you know there are real life superheroes in the world? Or at least, people who can perform superhuman acts of strength and bravery? You may have heard some of these amazing stories in the news. Stories about ordinary people suddenly performing extraordinary acts.
Do you know someone who seems to magically lift your mood without saying a word? When the Dalai Lama visits a city, residents often say they feel peaceful simply by being in his presence. Researchers believe that peaceful people’s hearts emit uplifting waves that affect nearby hearts. This may explain why some people make us feel so good while others leave us feeling deflated.
A group of scientists at the University of Chicago have shown that if we think in a foreign language, we can actually make better decisions. They looked into something called decision bias, which occurs when our emotions cloud or negatively influence our ability to think clearly about something. The scientists found that thinking in a foreign language reduces decision bias, causing people to think more logically, with less emotion.
There is some recent research that shows an interesting connection between music and learning. Fabrice Dossville a researcher at a university in France did an experiment with 249 students of sports psychology. He divided them into two groups of equal academic ability. Each group listened to a one-hour lecture on sports psychology. One group listened to classical music in the background during the lecture. The other group listened to the lecture with no music. After the lecture, they took a test to see how much they could remember. The group that listened to classical music did much much better on the test.