1. Research has found emotionally extreme experiences, not just “positive” or “negative” experiences, are more meaningful in life. The greater contemplation associated with intense experiences may increase the likelihood that we consider such events self-defining.
3. A new lost letter experiment suggests urbanites are not less prosocial or altruistic than their rural counterparts, which did not support the urban incivility phenomenon, the stereotype that residents in large cities are selfish, while those in small towns have a strong sense of community.
5. Scientists have identified a specific gene they believe could be a key player in the changes in brain structure seen in several psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia and autism. Researchers were able to trace these abnormalities back to specific brain cells called oligodendrocytes
6. Scientists discover new sensory organ “nociceptive glio-neural complex” in the skin that is sensitive to mechanical and thermal stimuli – previously “nociceptive fibers” were thought to be primarily responsible for pain responses – the discovery made in mice (but expected to exist in humans as well)
7. Frequency of 100-year floods will compound due to climate change and occur annually in New England and mid-Atlantic, and every 1–30 years in southeast Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico by the late 21st century.