Lessons from reality TV

I used to think of my reality TV browsings as guilty pleasures, but after talking with Brenda Weber, author of “Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity,” and listening to friends talk about their shows (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians?” Really, Ryan?), I’m ashamed no more. The shows, after all, can be very educational. Weber, associate […]

Positive thinking can pay off

Growing up, I was unaware of the stereotype that girls struggle with math. Good thing. Social psychologists at Indiana University and elsewhere have found that when people are made aware of a negative stereotype that could relate to them, it can negatively affect their performance in that area. If I was reminded, for example, before […]

IU study highlights mercury content in fish, shellfish

To eat or not to eat? That is the question … about fish. Ka He, an epidemiologist at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, has found a link between high levels of mercury exposure in young adults and an increased risk for type 2 diabetes – by 65 percent – later in life. Fish […]

Do you suffer from nature-deficit disorder?

Author and nature enthusiast Richard Louv, who is speaking at IU Bloomington on Friday, sees a future in which people are as immersed in nature as they are in technology – and I don’t think a man cave is what he has in mind. “The future will belong to the nature-smart – those individuals, families, […]