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Neurologist explains why it’s hard to look at Ted Cruz’s creepy ‘unsettling’ face

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As he has risen in the polls, more attention is being paid to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s overall electability as a man who looks, as one fellow Princeton classmate described him: “about as telegenic as an undertaker.”

The answer as to why so many people dislike the Texas Republican instinctively is one that intrigued Dr. Richard E. Cytowic, a professor of neurology at George Washington University.

Writing in Psychology Today,  Cytowic noted that Cruz’s “atypical expressions” left him “uneasy,” and that he was not alone among people who have watched Cruz up-close and from afar.

“Note how many colleagues and former associates ‘loathe’ him. A Bush alumnus told the New York Times’ Frank Bruni, ‘Why do people take such an instant dislike to Ted Cruz? It just saves time.’ Former Senate Majority leader Bob Dole says, ‘Nobody likes him,’ while Rep. Peter King sees ‘malice.’” Cytowic wrote. “According to The Washington Post, screenwriter Craig Mazin, Cruz’s former Princeton roommate, has called him a ‘huge asshole,’ and ‘creepy.’ He’s Tweeted, ‘Getting emails blaming me for not smothering Ted Cruz in his sleep in 1988.’ The distaste for Cruz even extends beyond the US: Germans say Backpfeifengesicht, meaning a face in need of a good punch.”

According to Cytowic, the distaste for Cruz’s face starts with his smile.

Source: Neurologist explains why it’s hard to look at Ted Cruz’s creepy ‘unsettling’ face

Should Mom stop driving?

I am an advocate of “choice” but @neuromooc explains that “choice” and “appreciation” ain’t necessarily the same thing.

The brain is sooooo cool!

My mom and I sitting on the steps of the Art Institute this past summer. My mom and I sitting on the steps of the Art Institute this past summer.

I have tried, repeatedly, to get my mother to stop driving. She just celebrated her 88th birthday. Every time I raise this issue, she emphatically insists that she is not giving up driving. I reason that the cost of taxis would easily be less than what she spends on gas, car maintenance, and insurance. She tells me that she absolutely needs the car in case there is an emergency and ____ (fill in the child or grandchild) is stranded (something that happened once roughly 15 years ago).

My friend Alex Karczmar and I share a laugh. My friend Alex Karczmar and I share a laugh.

This parent-driving-problem is not mine alone. For a long time, I would discuss parent-driving with my friend Greg Karczmar. Greg’s father, who is also my friend, Alex Karczmar, was born in 1915. He is proud of the fact that he…

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