The Washington Post:Ate something bitter? It can make you judgmental. Feeling love is all around? It can make even water taste sweeter. Not only do our emotions influence our perceptions of taste, but what we taste can also change how we feel, scientists have found.“The tongue could be a window to the psyche,” says Nancy Dess, a professor of psychology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, pointing to the growing number of studies that connect taste perception with emotions and even personality types.…In that study, close to 1,000 Americans were given standard personality and taste-preference questionnaires. People who enjoyed foods with bitter notes — such as grapefruit, tonic water, coffee and radishes — were more likely to admit that they enjoyed tormenting people or that they tend to manipulate others to get their way. “And these effects are not tiny, either,” says Austrian psychologist Christina Sagioglou, the study’s lead author.…“The findings suggest that judgments involving morality, e.g. jury deliberations, opinions on sociopolitical issues, could potentially reflect and be swayed by what individuals eat and drink,” said one of the study’s authors, Natalie Kacinik, a professor of psychology at the City University of New York, in an email.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >
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Christopher Bulus of Nigeria shocked second seed, Delmas N’tcha of Benin 6-4, 6-3 to qualify for the final of the ITF U18 Circuit which will end this weekend in Lome, Togo.The win ensured Bulus, the world no 621, took his pound of flesh on N’tcha who triumphed when both players met at the same stage in the latter’s home country where the three-leg tournament served off about three weeks ago.Third-seeded Bulus, 16, was a finalist in the point-earning event last week succumbing to a denting 0-6, 1-6 defeat to Eliakim Coulibaly of Cote d’Ivoire and will now face N’tcha’s compatriot Sylvestre Monnou; the no six seed bagged a 6-4, 7-5 win over India’s Aman Patel.The 2017 CBN Open quarter finalist would be hoping to be third time lucky having ended as runner up last week and in April where on both occasions, Coulibaly stood between him and glory.The Aces Tennis Academy of Lagos player is also in the final of the doubles where he will be partnering Darrshan Suresh of Malaysia to battle French duo of Hugo Jarden and Raphael Perot.Bulus is quite familiar with the French opposition having beaten them both at different stages of the tournament in the singles.
Columbus, Ohio native and IndyCar racer Graham Rahal will be easy to spot during this Sunday’s Honda Indy 200, because he’ll be wearing a replica of the Ohio State helmet that looks pretty close to what the Buckeyes will be wearing on Saturdays.The helmet @GrahamRahal will wear @Mid_Ohio this weekend. Great lid or THE GREATEST lid? http://t.co/c1Jv5WpxSx— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) July 30, 2015Via The Columbus Dispatch:“I had this concept that, with Ohio State having won the national championship and us being in the championship battle here, it would be fun to come home and do something I haven’t done before,” Rahal said. “This thing, it is very accurate.”Rahal moved from Columbus to Indianapolis a few years ago, but told the Dispatch he’s still a huge Ohio State fan and misses his hometown.“Wearing this helmet is definitely the closest I’ll ever get to wearing a real Ohio State helmet,” Rahal said. “But anyone who knows me knows I am very proud to be from Columbus. I miss home all the time, really.”With just three races left in the season, Rahal currently sits in second place and is just 42 points behind Juan Pablo Montoya. Maybe Rahal’s new headgear will give him that extra edge he needs to win his first IndyCar series title, but more than likely it just gives him the flashiest look on the racetrack.(Thanks Big Ten Network for sharing)