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Gerald Gabriel

Hans Selye: The Discovery of Stress

G.A.S. Spells Stress As with so many wondrous discoveries of science and medicine, it was by chance that Hungarian-born Hans Selye (1907-1982) stumbled upon the idea of the General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.), which he first wrote about in the British… Continue Reading →

The Bilingual Debate Heats Up

In 1998, California, bolstered by a 31 percent Hispanic population—up from 26 percent in 1990—became the first U.S. state in which Anglo-Americans were no longer a majority. This news may shed light on a debate that has been brewing for… Continue Reading →

Our Enigmatic Internal Clocks

The Early Days of Jet Lag In the mid 1950s, United States Secretary of State John Foster Dulles flew to Cairo, Egypt to negotiate a treaty for the construction of the Aswan Dam. Dulles and the U.S. were competing with… Continue Reading →

Reading Computers

How will reading be affected by computers? Some sanguine folks have argued that computers, behind the wizardry of the Internet, will make conventional books, magazines, and newspapers obsolete. This opinion, though not yet a consensus, is growing. At the forefront… Continue Reading →

“Left Brain” “Right Brain”: The Mind in Two

Everyone knows the popular myths about the two brain hemispheres: The right brain is artistic, musical, spatial, intuitive, and holistic; the left brain is linear, rational, analytical, and linguistic. There is some truth in these labels. But, not surprisingly, they… Continue Reading →

Measuring The Mind

The Nature of Things There is something ethereal about human intelligence, something hard-to-pin-down. It’s hard even to define. Is intelligence the ability to reason? Does it have to do with memory? Is it aptitude with language? With mathematics? All of… Continue Reading →

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