For their six-part podcast, Invisibilia hosts Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller examine the invisible stuff that shapes us.
This week, we dipped our toes into types of networking that don't involve webinars and awkward cocktail hours. Here are some enlightening facts from the fourth episode, "Entanglement."
1. Scientific entanglement goes completely against our intuition.
2. Entanglements don't just stop at atoms: They happen to people, too.
3. Mirror-touch synesthetes also mimic others' emotions.
If Amanda witnesses someone cry, her brain manufactures that feeling, too. And so to get through the day, she learned to focus on people who were the most serene in the bunch.
Even a simple trip to the grocery store becomes neurologically taxing. Whereas we can ignore the wailing babies or overlook a bored cashier, a couple of hours out is so intimate for Amanda, she crashes hard with what she terms "the sleep."
4. And it might be because a part of their brain is depleted.
5. Our faces leak micro-expressions all the time.
If you missed the episode, listen to it over at NPR or subscribe here.
Catch up with our recaps below or our interview with the hosts.
Episode 3, "How to Become Batman"
Episode 2, "Fearless"
Episode 1, "The Secret History of Thoughts"