The Two M’s: A Reflection on Meditation and Mindfulness

By Sangita Kunapuli Each day the chemistry students file in single file to Mia Onodera’s third period class, feeling emotions ranging from happiness, to anger, to exhaustion. As soon as the bell rings, she instructs them to close their eyes, uncross their legs and maintain a good posture. “Breathe in deeply for four seconds, hold … Continue reading The Two M’s: A Reflection on Meditation and Mindfulness

The Untold Truths of the College Admissions System

An in-depth look at the college admissions process and its negative psychological effects on high school students By: Shreya Mantripragada America’s Biased and Unjust System College: an environment where individuals get the opportunity to expand on their wanted passions and desires as they spend the next four or more years of their lives building relationships … Continue reading The Untold Truths of the College Admissions System

Holly Jolly Psychology: The Science Behind Christmas Spirit

By Andrea Perng Every year, people around the world decorate their homes, light their fireplaces and begin preparing presents for the holiday season. With candles lit, food cooked and family gathered, Christmas spirit begins to take hold, and those who don’t celebrate Christmas have holiday spirit of their own. But what exactly is holiday spirit, … Continue reading Holly Jolly Psychology: The Science Behind Christmas Spirit

The psychology behind the holiday shopping frenzy

The science behind impulsive shopping and decision-making By Charlotte Chui and Brenna Chen With the chilly weather and holiday festivities, it’s becoming apparent that the holidays are fast approaching. For some, it may be welcomed as an eager respite from the strenuous school year, while for others, it may be cherished as a time for … Continue reading The psychology behind the holiday shopping frenzy

Synesthesia: When Monday Sounds Bitter and Friday Smells Orange

By Shreya Parjan A bite of magenta, a whiff of chartreuse. Sensory whirlwinds where numbers breathe colors and violin music brushes softly across the ankles. Beyond mere poetic portrayals of commonplace occurrences, such transcendent, seemingly hallucinatory sensory experiences are all too real for individuals with synesthesia. From Ancient Greek syn, “together,” and aisthēsis, “sensation,” synesthesia is a … Continue reading Synesthesia: When Monday Sounds Bitter and Friday Smells Orange