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My last column
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - November 29, 2012 - 12:00am
I will never stop writing. I live as if I were writing everything in my head.
Taming your own shrew
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - November 22, 2012 - 12:00am
I have been watching a show called “Superhumans” on cable where they scientifically test individuals who claim to have certain rare and extraordinarily abilities.
Taming your own shrew
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - November 22, 2012 - 12:00am
I have been watching a show called “Superhumans” on cable where they scientifically test individuals who claim to have certain rare and extraordinarily abilities.
A bias for good news
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - November 15, 2012 - 12:00am
When someone tells you, “I have some good news and bad news” about your health, which influences you more in making up your mind about it?
The case of the real ‘incredibles’
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - November 1, 2012 - 12:00am
I want to see this baby grow up looking like Zhang Ziyi one day to meet her long-lost father who is pleading her for an autograph. You would root for this baby too if you knew the circumstances that led to her losing...
The risky teenager
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - October 11, 2012 - 12:00am
This week, we home in on one of the biggest mysteries of science: teenagers. Parents of teenagers are often a lot more stressed than they were when their kids were younger.
The bright side of being 'dark'?
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - October 4, 2012 - 12:00am
Would you vote for a psychopath? Chances are you have or you will.
IgNobel Prizes 2012
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - September 27, 2012 - 12:00am
This week, you get a break from what some of my readers call “nosebleed science” because it is that time of the year for the kind of achievements, including those in science that “first makes you...
The right to grow
by Maria Isabel Garcia - September 20, 2012 - 12:00am
Sometime ago, I was struck by an unfamiliar image of a brain and its caption said it was that of an infant. It only showed the surface and it was incredibly smooth.
Curious souls
by Maria Isabel Garcia - September 13, 2012 - 12:00am
One fine morning in 1992 when I was living in the US, I opened the Washington Post and read these headlines: Catholic Church Pardons Galileo. Reading the headlines suspended my thoughts and some coffee on my lips....
Who's your boss?
by Maria Isabel Garcia - September 6, 2012 - 12:00am
Who chooses for you? Most of us would like to think that we are able to do slow, carefully measured as well as split-second evaluations and then say “I choose this.”
Ode to the worrier
by Maria Isabel Garcia - August 30, 2012 - 12:00am
When we fret about things, we are often told by our family and friends not to worry. And for those who are really pushing it, they even add “be happy.”
The secret of superstition
by Maria Isabel Garcia - August 23, 2012 - 12:00am
Whenever I receive a chain message or observe some ritualistic prescription on how to change one’s luck or turn the force of nature, I get amused.
Brain bug
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - August 16, 2012 - 12:00am
I have a close friend who seems to be the favorite “airport” of all sorts of traveling microorganisms.
Genuine pleasure
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - August 9, 2012 - 12:00am
If an artist had to paint a picture of genuine pleasure, what would it look like?
It is just louder now
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - August 2, 2012 - 12:00am
Every time I hear contemporary music and I don’t like it, I lightly assume that it is because it is not the music that marked the milestones of my now middle-aged life.
Could we change our brain's age?
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - July 26, 2012 - 12:00am
How much of the outside can change the age of your inside?
Laughter's depth
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - July 19, 2012 - 12:00am
About nine years ago, I wrote a column on the science of laughter.
Uncertain smile
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - July 12, 2012 - 12:00am
I could never fake an emotion; never, even if I had to.
Who shapes your brain?
by Ma. Isabel Garcia - July 5, 2012 - 12:00am
In a love relationship, neuroscientists say, the brain of one revises the other.
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