November 3, 2012

Timing Is Everything

1 Why Eating Late Dinners Makes You Fat

Researchers at Japan's Waseda University have discovered the reason that people who eat late dinners run an increased risk of becoming obese: late dining disrupts our natural human circadian rhythm, which in turn throws the internal body clock that determines our hormonal and other biological processes out of adjustment. Our circadian rhythms are based on daylight hours and the time spans between our meals. Those rhythms are in sync when our meal times correspond roughly to daylight changes: one meal around dawn, one at mid-day, and the last at sunset. Taking our evening meals at ten p.m. produces an internal body clock disruption, which is known to be a cause of obesity. The recommended mealtimes are seven a.m., noon, and seven p.m.

More at Yomiuri.co.jp | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Eat on Schedule to Avoid Weight Gain

Tags: Late Meals, Late Dinners, Late Meals and Obesity, Internal Body Clock and Obesity, Eating Schedules, Meal Timing

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Changing Fonts Can Change Minds

2 Hard-to-Read Font Disrupts Polarity and Bias

New research suggests that reading biased information in a hard-to-read font can reduce their confirmation bias, a phenomenon where they pay more attention to arguments that favor their views. Participants read a very biased argument on capital punishment in easy-to-read or hard-to-read font. Higher polarization was seen in liberal and conservatives who read it in easy-to-read font. Next, people read documents complimenting or criticizing a defendant’s behavior in a hard-to-read or easy-to-read font. They were then presented with evidence in a mock trial. People who read accounts in hard-to-read font were able to separate what they read about his behavior, good or bad, from their analysis of the evidence. The hard-to-read font forced people to slow down and see the other side’s argument.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: The Biology of Political Ideology Seen in the Eyes

Tags: Conservatives, Liberals, Personal Beliefs, Political Ideology, Confirmation Bias, Fonts

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