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THE EDIT

The new studies and stats you need to know about

MULTITASKERS ARE MORE OPEN TO POLITICAL IDEAS

Extreme political views could be influenced by the same brain patterns that govern our ability to switch between tasks – so says new research conducted by the University of Cambridge. Over 700 US citizens completed three psychological tests, including a word association game, a card-sorting test with changing rules and an imagination-based task. Participants were also asked to score their feelings towards divisive social and economic issues and identify the overlap between their personal identity and two opposing political parties. The findings showed that those who sided strongly with one political party struggled with the changing rules in the psychological tests, whereas those who switched between tasks easily tended to have a more fluid political identity.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of healthy! In the December/January edition, we look at how to avoid stress and stay upbeat over the festive period. Plus, we’ve got some tips on making healthier choices at the Christmas party and setting achievable goals for the year ahead. Many of us suffer with stress over Christmas, so for this issue, we wanted to think about all of the positive things that come with it, too. From our fresh-thinking article on perfecting the art of getting tipsy, to advice on how to break the Christmas weight-gain/January diet cycle, we’re approaching the colder months with a positive outlook. In the name of balance, writer Laura Potter looks at why we should practise Pilates to build strength and improve posture. We also look into the benefits of art therapy, as well as offering some crafting tips for you to try. And if you’re hosting your own festive party this year, don’t forget to flip the magazine over for festive recipe inspiration in our dedicated food section. Find all of this, plus our usual expert-led content, in the latest issue of Healthy.