Is one minute of exercise really enough?

Marty Gibala, Kinesiology, has been studying the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT) for years. Now he has written a book, The One-Minute Workout, with Christopher Shulgan, that explores whether short bursts of exercise really do help to keep you fit. Gibala discussed his research and the book on Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning radio science program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). You can listen here.

Science alumni give advice on exploring career pathways

Some Science alumni recently returned to campus to help current graduate students find out more about careers in industry and other non-academic sectors. Hosted by the Scientist Association at McMaster (SAM), the event was attended by over 50 students, faculty and alumni from across the Faculty. Students and faculty had the opportunity to ask the alumni about their experiences in diverse sectors including finance, health care, science education, the arts and data analysis. Attendees also received advice about the types of professional skills students need to prepare for potential roles outside academia. With the event’s success, there are plans to hold more such events in the future.

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Wearing a uniform may change the way the brain processes information

New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one that the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status. Sukhvinder Obhi, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, and post doc Ciro Civile conducted the research which was recently published in Frontiers in Psychology. The results raise important questions about stereotypes and profiling, and explore how the symbolic power and authority associated with police uniforms might affect these tendencies.

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