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Wasn’t New Year’s, like, yesterday? Where does the time go? While the years may not actually pass any faster, our perception drastically shifts as we age, giving us the illusion that time moves faster and faster.
Op-Ed: It is not the cold that bothers me–it is the dark days of winter.
BTR staffers take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test to see if the results align with their own perceptions of themselves.
Sherry Turkle, founder of MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, sets out to encourage greater reflection on technology’s ability to shape our human identity.
Mystery Week – Next summer, the world’s tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster will open: The Velravn in Cedar Point, Ohio. But what exactly is it that makes us as humans so eager to get on board these seemingly life-threatening rides?
Today we explore the dynamics in some of the breeding grounds of fear and how we can shed light on mitigating the fear as we watch the horrific news of the day.
Dr. Edward Day, Chair at the Department of Sociology at Chapman University talks about his study into the top fears of Americans for 2015.
Stress Week – Many people perceive stress as a subjective experience that takes place within the privacy of their own internal landscape. But research indicates that stress can actually be transmitted from one person to another in a phenomenon called “empathetic stress.”
Fall Week – Autumn’s almost officially arrived, so many of us should be pleased. A survey showed that 29 percent of Americans found fall to be their favorite season.
Lara Aknin, professor of psychology at Simon Fraser University whose research focuses on generosity, money and happiness.
Happiness Week – Our culture seems to carry a pervasive effect in that the pressure to exceed and compete prevails despite any obstacle. An individual member who is coached by greater society continuously attempts to strive, compete, and succeed.
Today’s podcast looks at the science, history and attributes to happiness.
Happiness Week – The urge for shopping depends on the individual; some truly despise the act while others literally can’t get enough. It can get to the point where some are even addicted. Do you shop to relieve stress? BTR examines the reality of retail therapy.
Learning through positive psychologists the ability to balance work-life and happiness.
Happiness Week – Regardless of genre preference, most of the abiding tunes from our teen years are intertwined within our frontal brain lobes as good, intrinsic happiness triggers. Research Psychologist Daniel J. Levitin delved into the inquiry of how music from our teen years stays a source of happiness throughout our lives.
We hear part 2 of our interview with Sonja Lyubomirsky on building an architect of sustainable happiness.
Roots Week – While there is still no proven theory to explain exactly why deja vu occurs in epileptics or healthy people, scientists have pinpointed the temporal lobe of the brain as the seat where it occurs. However, there is also a persistent version of deja vu when people aren’t aware that it’s occurring.
Roots Week – In the early 2000s, a handful of patients explained to Dr. Joel Gold that they believed their lives were being recorded secretly for reality television. Like the 1998 film ‘The Truman Show’, in which every aspect of Jim Carrey’s life is scripted unbeknownst to him, Gold’s patients convinced themselves that they were merely pawns in a vast, staged scheme.
Roots Week – When speculating why someone is depressed, medical officials, even the patients themselves, question its origin. Recent evidence suggests depression could be rooted in the body.
Reality Week – The violin is practically another appendage for Roger Frisch. He’s a musician in the truest sense of the word; if he’s not performing every day there is no satisfaction. Frisch tells BTR how he even performs when he’s undergoing surgery.
Reality Week – In America a prevalent idea is that somewhere out there exists a formula for success, a golden ratio, a step-by-step tutorial that could lead a person from any walk of life towards the right path. Can we set ourselves up for success? How much control do we have over our destinies?
Birthday Week – In 1981, psychologist Ellen Langer conducted an experiment to see whether a group of men in their 70s could alter the mental perception of their age. Langer asked the study’s participants to mentally conjure an image of themselves from 1959–22 years earlier–and to try and behave in the present as if they were the age they were back then.
Rain Week – In our stimulating world, it proves difficult for HSPs to escape the sensory overload. For a highly sensitive person, excess stimuli can create an overwhelming and anxiety-inducing experience that feels unavoidable.
FOMO Week – Facing regrets seems so easy nowadays–especially since the feeling arises so immediately. Some pscyhologists see FOMO as a type of regret and suggest taking breaks from social media if necessary.
This week on the Daily Beat we take a look at the FOMO phenomenon from people on the streets as well as experts in the fields of psychology and technology.
Care Week – Convinced your country cat is a die-hard folk fan? Or maybe you deem your spritely kitten more as a punk rocker? Well, as close as you are with your beloved feline friends, there’s something about their actual musical taste you may not realize.
Unprepared Week – People who delay gratification are more likely to find success in other areas of life.
New Economy Week – Corporate personhood may sound absurd, but do we perceive corporations as people?
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the legalization of Medical Marijuana.
Secret Week – A new study shows that employees with better emotional perception of others get paid more.
College Week – Dispelling myths and understanding changes in how humans actually learn.

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