1.) If you ever play the slots, you’ve heard the jangly music, the sounds of spinning wheels with loud beeps and chimes. And, it’s not a coincidence that all slot machines more or less sound the same. Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada say that because jubilant sound effects are associated with wins, the noises can easily fool your brain into thinking that you’ve have won, even if you’ve lost money. Those sounds act as a positive reinforcement and can effect our perception of lost money.
2.) There’s a new petition on the White House’s “We the People” website asking President Obama to change our National Anthem. The song the petition is requesting replace “The Star Spangled Banner” is the 23rd most watched video on YouTube, with nearly 342 million views. If the petition is accepted, “Party in the U.S.A.” from Miley Cyrus is the will become our new national anthem. A “We the People” petition needs 100,000 signatures before the White House will review it. As of yesterday afternoon, this petition had just 239 signatures.
3.) You may have heard that a lifetime of reading and other brain-boosting activities helps ward off dementia late in life. Now, the BBC is reporting the results of a new study supporting that theory. In the journal Neurology, approximately 300 people were tracked using mental agility tests every six years and questionnaires about how they spent their time from their mid-50s until their deaths, Those who read a lot or did other mental activities throughout their lives fared better on the mental agility tests. Plus, following brain autopsies after the subjects died, bookworms stayed sharp, or at least sharper than they should have been, even if their brains showed physical signs of Alzheimer's or dementia. The study suggests those who stimulated their brains in life had a rate of cognitive decline 15% slower than those who didn't.