The Real Difference Between Introverts and Extroverts & How Your Brain Processes Odors


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Interruptions can be infuriating - especially at work. They can ruin your concentration and your productivity. However, there may be an upside to getting interruptions that balance out those negatives. I begin this episode with information about a new study that shows that interruptions have a silver lining.

Is being an introvert or extrovert determined by conditioning or are you born that way? And is being one better than the other? Are introverts also shy by nature? These are just a few of many questions I explore with Holley Gerth. Holly hosts the podcast More Than Small Talk ( and author of the book The Powerful Purpose of Introverts ( Whether you are an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between, you will want to hear what she has to say. Her website is

Have you ever wondered how the brain processes smells and odors? Why do you like some smells that other people hate? Why do some smells remind you of places, people an times in your past? Are there smells that are universally loved or hated? I know we have discussed our sense of smell before - but not like this. When you listen to Ann-Sophie Barwich you will have renewed respect for your nose and what it does. Ann-Sophie is a cognitive scientist, an empirical philosopher as well as an assistant professor at Indiana University Bloomington. She is also author of the book. Smellosophy: What the Nose Tells the Mind (

What does SOS stand for? Actually, unless you know you will never guess. Also, why did MAYDAY replace SOS as the universal sign for distress? And what does MAYDAY mean anyway? Listen as I explain the surprising stories behind these two well known calls for help.


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