Remember this internet meme from 2015? What colour was the dress? Everyone saw something different.
Actually the dress was blue and black, but the blue-biased lighting in the original photo made it look white and gold. Few, if any, of us have ever seen the original dress. All we had to go on was a picture of it. A low-quality picture in bad lighting that made it tough to tell what was really going on with that dress.
What does all this have to do with stress? A lot. Continue reading “What the 2015 Dressgate can teach us about stress”
Being in a state of emotional arousal (anger, love, fear, stress) narrows our focus of thinking. Stress, in particular, has a way of making us “stupid”, shutting off the logical, thinking, problem-solving part of our brain. There’s a good reason for that. Continue reading “Does stress really make you stupid?”
Your feet just won’t move fast enough. You’re being chased and can’t get away!
A tooth is loose. You wiggle it a bit and it just comes out!
You’ve completely lost track of time, and now you’re so late you’ll never get there!
Do any of these bad dreams sound familiar? Continue reading “Getting rid of bad dreams: hack your biochemistry for better sleep”
Tali Leibovich, a PhD student at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (who herself is afraid of spiders) recently published a study in which she found that arachnophobia makes spiders appear larger than they really are.
Yes, people with a fear of spiders consistently over-estimated the size of spiders. The arachnophobes did not misjudge the size of butterflies or birds, or even wasps, even though wasps are indeed dangerous. It seems our emotions drive us to experience the same world in very different ways.