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Periods don’t make women irrational or forgetful


Periods do not impact a woman’s ability to make rational decisions, remember things or multi-task. A behavioural study of 68 women over two menstrual cycles tested three aspects of cognition – working memory, cognitive bias (the process involving reasoning, evaluating and remembering) and the ability to pay attention to two things at once.

In the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, blood samples were taken to assess hormone levels. The women were given cognitive tests. The study found no consistent changes in the participant’s cognitive abilities that could be attributed to hormonal changes during menstruation.


Employees who eat together are more productive|

If you usually dine alone in office, change that habit as eating meals with your colleagues may boost your productivity, a new Cornell University study has found. The researchers found that firefighter platoons which eat meals together have better group job performance.

The researchers said that eating together is an intimate act and that intimacy spills back into work. Moreover, from an anthropology perspective, eating together has a long tradition of being a kind of social glue. Given these findings, organisations should consider expenditures on cafeterias as investments in employee performance. The study was published in the journal Human Performance.


Moving to a green area reduces depression

Your neighbourhood is linked to your mental well-being. Researchers have found that people living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress.

The study, published in the journal Bioscience, surveyed mental health in over 270 people from different ages, incomes and ethnicities. It also found that those who spent less time out of doors were more likely to report that they were anxious or depressed. Interestingly, the findings of the study indicated lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds people could see in the afternoon.

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