Musical Preferences May Reflect Cognitive Style

New research highlights the connection between a person’s cognitive style and musical preferences.

Two new studies suggest that people with a tendency toward empathizing prefer mellow music across a multitude of genres, while individuals with a bias toward systemizing prefer music that features high arousal and complexity.

Researchers also report that empathy levels are linked to a preference for mellow music within a single genre and negatively correlate with preferences for intense music. Continue reading


The Secret Lives of Doctors


Recently, when my parents came for a visit, a couple things happened that made me realize something important. Even after more than twenty years of my being a doctor, my parents have no idea what my daily life is like. And, it occurred to me that if they have no idea, then surely my patients have no idea either.So, just in case you have any patients out there who are wondering what it looks like on the other side of the curtain, here goes…

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Want to know why your doctor is late? Read this.

One of my biggest pet peeves in life is tardiness. I hate it when other people are late. It’s as if they are not respecting my time.  But you know what? I hate being late myself even more.  In fact, I cringe at the thought. Conscientious, successful people are on time.


So you can imagine that nothing irks me more than being late myself. But I am late — 10 minutes, 30 minutes, sometimes Continue reading

This Way In: A Day in the Life of a General Neurologist

by Benish, Sarah MD

 Have you ever wondered what a typical day might look like for your neurologist? Or why they make the decisions they do? We asked Sarah Benish, MD, a general neurologist at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology in Edina, MN, since 2007, to give us a snapshot of her typical day. Dr. Benish, who is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, mainly sees patients who have been referred by their primary care provider, but occasionally they come from emergency room physician referrals or referrals from other specialists.
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Are American doctors paid too much or too little?

There are some who think that I’m overpaid as a physician, and that my salary fuels rising health costs.  I can understand their point: A May 2014 survey released by the Medical Group Management Association found that internal medicine doctors like myself have a starting median annual salary of $190,000, while those of specialists like radiologists or anesthesiologists approach Continue reading