Neurosciency Friday: The silver lining of neurosis, Tetris health benefits, “no mobile phone” phobia, and more

It has been a while since I last wrote a post for Neurosciency Friday (not that Fridays have stopped being neurosciency).  Anyway, let’s get to the science news:

– The LA Times discusses the silver lining of neurosis and research at the University of Utah which seeks to understand the neural underpinnings of religious experiences.

– Science magazine reports the results of a group of researchers who sought to replicate the results of 100 psychology studies.  The researchers found that over half of the studies were not replicable, casting doubt on the studies’ validity.  Learn more about three of the questionable scientific findings in the New York Times.

– Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a questionnaire to test you for nomophobia — that’s “no mobile phone” phobia.  However, I’m not entirely convinced that smartphones are bad, because…

– Researchers at Plymouth University and Queensland University of Technology in Australia found that playing Tetris for three minutes a day can reduce cravings for drugs and food.  Pass me that Tetris app.

– Did you miss the Twitter campaigns in support of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)?  Check them out: #distractinglysexy and #ilooklikeanengineer

– Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably saw the pictures of Pluto from the NASA New Horizons mission, perhaps even reminiscing about the good old days when Pluto was a planet.  (If you have, in fact, been living under a rock, click here.)

Have a great weekend!


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