News Above the Noise: Week of November 06, 2022
1. Stressed About the Midterms—and Tired of the “Just Unplug” Advice?
Excited to vote this Tuesday but nervous about how the results will shake out? Join the club. After being bombarded with stress-inducing news articles and political ads for the last several months, there’s a good chance you’ll feel even more frazzled as the election results (and post-election analysis) start to roll in. To the rescue: This helpful list of tips that’ll help your mental and emotional well-being. To read the advice, click here.
2. Dry Shampoos Containing Dangerous Chemicals Are Still on Store Shelves
Beloved as a hair product used between washes, dry shampoos are used by many. And when a common contaminant in these products (benzene) prompted recalls of dry shampoos by Unilever and Procter & Gamble, many were distraught. Now, a new study found dry shampoos containing this cancer-causing chemical are still on store shelves. To learn more about this story and to find out which products include the chemical, click here.
3. Why Do Our Brains Believe Lies?
After yet another election cycle jammed with conspiracy theories and misinformation, many are wondering why so many believe the rampant lies. The answer has to do with the human brain, and our psychological biases that make us vulnerable to false information, Nathan Walter, a professor of communication studies at Northwestern University told The Washington Post. Interested in learning more about why we fall for misinformation—and why that misinformation resists correction? click here.
4. How to Know if You’re an Empath
You’ve likely heard about empaths before. Maybe you even consider yourself to be one, thanks to feeling a heightened awareness of the emotions of those around you. Yet if you’re not quite sure of your empath status and you’re intrigued by the personality type, click here.
5. Young Men Who Support Reproductive Justice Need to Get Out and Vote
Will men defy the polls and pundits and vote to support reproductive justice? Will they ask themselves which side of history they want to be on? This is the question (along with many more) Jackson Katz urges men to ask themselves this week.” The stakes in this election are high,” he writes in Ms. Magazine. “But if enough people come out to defend abortion rights … we can continue on a path forward—however slow and plodding—toward a more perfect union.” To read Katz’s call to action, click here.