A roundup of new and noteworthy insights from the week's most talked-about studies:
1 YOU CAN WILL YOURSELF TO OVERCOME HEARTBREAK
A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that telling people who recently went through breakups that a placebo nasal spray would make them less sad while viewing photos of their exes did in fact dull their sadness, according to brain scans--suggesting that just believing in heartbreak relief has benefits.
2 ADJUSTING YOUR THERMOSTAT MIGHT BOOST YOUR METABOLISM
A report in Building Research & Information found that varying living temperatures between mildly cool and warm can combat obesity by making inhabitants burn more energy and improving overall metabolic health.
3 TEENS SHOULDN'T START SCHOOL BEFORE 8:30 A.M.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine officially took the stance that middle and high schools should begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. so that teens--who are predisposed to staying up later--can gain sleep more and focus better.