Showing posts from June, 2018

Coffee helps teams work together

Coffee helps teams work together Caffeine makes people more positive by making them more alert
Good teamwork begins with a cup of coffee for everyone, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people gave more positive reviews for their group's performance on a task -- and their own contribution -- if they drank caffeinated coffee beforehand. A second study showed that people talked more in a group setting under the influence of caffeinated coffee -- but they also were more on-topic than those who drank decaf.
Coffee seems to work its magic in teams by making people more alert, said Amit Singh, co-author of the study and a doctoral student in marketing at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.

"We found that increased alertness was what led to the positive results for team performance," Singh said.

"Not surprisingly, people who drank caffeinated coffee tended to be more alert."

Singh conducted the study with Vasu Unnava and H. Rao Unnava, …

The Death of Fossil Fuels: An Economic Disaster?

As a rule, I don't put much stock in doom and gloom forecasts.  However, this study brings up several points to consider when trying to plan for your personal financial future. One:  the global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources has taken on a life of its own that transcends any one nation's attempts to continue a fossil fuel economy.  As the authors say, "ongoing technological change, by itself and even without new climate policies, is already reducing global demand growth for fossil fuels."Two: as the global economy makes this transitions, countries who are fossil fuel suppliers are potentially losers in the transition while consumer countries will see their economies profit. While the authors see a potential for world wide depression from this transition, I understand from both experience and reading that forecasts of any kind have to be taken with a grain of salt, and that a substantial number of bleak forecasts never come about.

But as the …

Your Brain and Spirituality.

I would find it strange for someone to deny ever having a spiritual experience.  We all have them.  What is different from person to person is what we attribute the experience to.

The brain is an amazing organ, our sole interpreter of the greater world around us.  However, whether you believe that spirituality emanates from God or hold the position that our apparently three dimensional reality is actually a two dimensional projection from the nearest black hole, this is how you and I experience the spiritual.

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Where the brain processes spiritual experiences
Spiritual experiences can be religious in nature or not, such as feeling of oneness in nature or the absence of self during sporting events.
Yale scientists have identified a possible neurobiological home for the spiritual experience -- the sense of connection to something greater than oneself.

Activity in the parietal cortex (area in blue, left), an area of the brain involved in awareness of self and others as well as att…