Curiosity Daily Podcast: Why Yoga Reduces Depression, Why Plastic Bag Fees Work So Well, and How Bumblebees Can Carry So Much

Learn about why plastic bag fees have such a big influence on your behavior; how bumblebees are able to fly around while carrying up to 80 percent of their own body weight; and the neuroscience behind why yoga reduces depression.

March 10, 2020

Episode Show Notes:

How plastic bag and coffee cup surcharges go beyond money to influence your decisions by Kelsey Donk

Bumblebees are more efficient the heavier they are by Grant Currin

Why does yoga reduce depression? Researchers say GABA might be the link by Grant Currin

  • Cramer, H., Anheyer, D., Lauche, R., & Dobos, G. (2017). A systematic review of yoga for major depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 213, 70–77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2017.02.006
  • Researchers identify link between decreased depressive symptoms, yoga and the neurotransmitter GABA. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/buso-ril020320.php
  • Streeter, C. C., Gerbarg, P. L., Brown, R. P., Scott, T. M., Nielsen, G. H., Owen, L., Sakai, O., Sneider, J. T., Nyer, M. B., & Silveri, M. M. (2020). Thalamic Gamma Aminobutyric Acid Level Changes in Major Depressive Disorder After a 12-Week Iyengar Yoga and Coherent Breathing Intervention. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2019.0234

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