I am starting the third year of my PhD in psychology at McMaster University.

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First year Cognitive Neuroscience PhD student

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Why is #throwbackthursday so popular? Maybe it’s because nostalgia can make you feel happier, friendlier and warmer!

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You, me and everyone around us are constantly getting older. Why does this happen? And is there anything humans can do to slow down or even stop the aging process?

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The next time you hear someone say, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” tell them to think again! Studies suggest that non-physical forms of bullying are just as painful as physical forms.

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If certain noises completely drive you mad, you just might have a rare neurological condition called misophonia.

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When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night? Mia Nacamulli takes you into the brain to find out. (4:52 min.)

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Here's some science behind the message in the film “Inside Out”. The power of sadness may surprise you. (4:04 min.)

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When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and brain all take notice. This activates a reward system not unlike how our bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine - dopamine levels spike and you crave more. (5:02 min.)

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Hank looks at some of the research on smells and memory and explains how smells can bring back early memories -- even memories that your brain didn’t know you had. (3:43 min)

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The film "Inside Out" paints a beautiful picture of emotional development and reflects the true complexity of human thought, feelings, and behaviour.

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Recent research suggests that the use of technology can have a negative impact on your emotional intelligence.

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Neuroscience is being used in Hollywood to measure and predict audience reactions. Could your brain direct an Oscar winner?

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Mycoplasma vaccae is a dirt-loving bug that can make you happier... and smarter!

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