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New research attempts to explain complex phenomenon of how humans perceive distance

Mind has messy relationship with space

April 28, 2014

It is something nearly everyone has experienced: Time flies on the way home—much faster than it did on the way there. Though most chalk this feeling up to changes in scenery or a trick of the mind, ne...

Uptown businesses get makeover

Uptown businesses get makeover

February 10, 2014

As the cliché goes, a book should never be judged by its cover, but businesses often are, so Uptown storefronts are getting a makeover.Uptown United, the neighborhood’s economic development organizat...

Students drunk on friendship

By Brandon Smith

September 4, 2012

Many hungover mornings have been spent lamenting a lost phone or reminiscing about how funny it was when it took that one guy 30 minutes to put his shoes on the night before. But there are serious implications associated with drinking to keep in mind before heading out to a party.First, the good news: research shows there are positive aspects to drinking, much to the delight of college students.Michael Sayette, a professor of psy...

Occupiers bike for environmental change

By Heather Scroering

May 18, 2012

While protesters participate in marches tromping across the city to oppose NATO, some demonstrators stride in a different way—on bicycle.Dozens of protesters on bikes gathered at Jackson and LaSalle on May 17 to exodus to the Canadian Consulate in Prudential Plaza, 180 N. Stetson Ave., to advocate against Canada’s extraction of unclean oil from the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta, Canada.“I don’t think people underst...

Unfriendly facebook

By Emily Fasold

March 19, 2012

For millions of its members, Facebook is a tool for self-expression, self-promotion and communication with peers, all of which are thought to be important for boosting self-esteem. However, new research shows that the website can actually lower the confidence levels of insecure users.The study found that Facebook users with poor self-image tend to bombard the website with negative status updates, making them less likeable a...

Improve problem solving, use your hands

By Contributing Writer

March 14, 2011

by: Alexandra Kukulka, Contributing WriterWhen children tell adults how they brush their teeth, it’s difficult for them to explain the task without gesturing.The act of gesturing might seem like a common part of everyday conversation, but it’s been proven to help the brain’s train of thought when clarifying a situationBased on a recent study published by Psychological Science, hand gestures help people communicate the...

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