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How Do We Make Good Decisions?

Do you ever wonder why you don’t wake up every morning and eat a giant piece of chocolate cake for breakfast and why it’s more difficult to put down the pint of ice cream after the sun goes down? The answer has to do with our ability to make decisions throughout the day. When examining the number of decisions we make each day, research tells us it can be as many as 35,000. In fact, Cornell University completed a study that found we make approximately 225 food-related decisions every day. As we expend so much effort and energy in making …

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Sit Up Straight! The Effect of Posture on Math Performance

A summary of Do Better in Math: How Your Body Posture May Change Stereotype Threat Response Every child has had “Sit up straight! Don’t slouch!” barked at them at least once. While it may come across as an arbitrary demand for attention (and was certainly met with loud sighs and eye-rolls), the request for proper posture may have practical implications, both in and out of the classroom. According to researchers from San Francisco State University and Kaohsiung Medical University, upright and correct spinal alignment can lead to improvements in physical health, positive thinking, and – you guessed it – math …

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