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Our Top-Down Brains and How They Help Us Adapt to the World What you see is often not a matter of the stimuli that are in front of you, but a matter of your expectations. The “affair of the dress,” and whether you see it as white-gold or blue-black is just another example of our top-down brains.
Can money buy happiness? The relationship between money and well-being Researchers have delved into the effects of experiential purchases, potential negative impacts on abundance, the psychology of lending to friends, and how the wealthy think differently about well-being.
Psychology Around the Net: February 28, 2015 Check out this week’s Psychology Around the Net to learn more about smokers and their relationships to anxiety and depression, how your state ranks regarding the five aspects of life satisfaction, neurons that predict how we might react in particular situations, and more. Neurons That Help Predict What Another Individual...
Actually, still no good explanation of ‘that dress’ The last time I almost went blind staring at “that dress” was thanks to Liz Hurley and on this occasion I find myself equally unsatisfied. I’ll spare you the introduction about the amazing blue/black or white/gold dress. But what’s left me rather disappointed are the numerous ‘science of the dress’ articles that have appeared everywhere […]
Talking Heads & Monkey Minds A few pattern-interruption points from Talking Heads (from 1984): “There is a finite number of jokes in the universe.” “There is no music in space.” “Cats like houses better than people.” “Schools are for training people how to listen to other people.” “Violence on television only affects children whose parents...
Spike activity 28-02-2015 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Nautilus magazine has a good piece on behavioural economics and rethinking ‘nudges’. Although the rethink is really just another form of standard ‘nudge’. The biggest hedge fund in the world, the $165 billion Bridgewater, starts an AI team to help give it the edge […]
What If It Isn’t True? If You Are Told That You Are Delusional-Do This Our walk into the mind bending river of twists and turns; our quest for truth, our yearning to be set free from torments of thoughts brings us here. Our last post pushed forward into the realm of real, not real, and...
Finding psychological insights through social media Social media has opened up a new digital world for psychology research. Four researchers will be discussing new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and physical health, and cross-cultural differences. The speakers will be presenting their research during the symposium “Finding Psychological Signal in a Billion [...]The post Finding psychological insights through social media appeared first on PsyPost.
Neurons controlling appetite made from skin cells Researchers have for the first time successfully converted adult human skin cells into neurons of the type that regulate appetite, providing a patient-specific model for studying the neurophysiology of weight control and testing new therapies for obesity. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and at the New York Stem Cell [...]The post Neurons controlling appetite made from skin cells appeared first on PsyPost.
Intimate partners with low self-esteem stay in unhappy relationships People with low self-esteem are more likely stay in unhappy relationships, suggests new research from the University of Waterloo. Sufferers of low self-esteem tend not to voice relationship complaints with their partner because they fear rejection. “There is a perception that people with low self-esteem tend to be more negative and complain a lot more,” [...]The post Intimate partners with low self-esteem stay in unhappy relationships appeared first on PsyPost.
New compounds protect nervous system from the structural damage of MS A newly characterized group of pharmacological compounds block both the inflammation and nerve cell damage seen in mouse models of multiple sclerosis, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published online this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the brain and [...]The post New compounds protect nervous system from the structural damage of MS appeared first on PsyPost.
Can money buy happiness?: The relationship between money and well-being Researchers are investigating new directions in the science of spending. Four presentations during the symposium “Happy Money 2.0: New Insights Into the Relationship Between Money and Well-Being,” delve into the effects of experiential purchases, potential negative impacts on abundance, the psychology of lending to friends, and how the wealthy think differently about well-being. The symposium [...]The post Can money buy happiness?: The relationship between money and well-being appeared first on PsyPost.
Ancient Britons had wheat 2000 years before they had farms Wheat has been found in a settlement on England’s south coast dating back to 6000BC – 2000 years before farming reached Britain. This finding overturns many cherished archaeological beliefs – or myths – about the era. Though they were once patronised as simplistic hunter-gatherers, it turns out early Britons must have been active traders with [...]The post Ancient Britons had wheat 2000 years before they had farms appeared first on PsyPost.
White and gold! No, black and blue! Why we see #TheDress so differently There has been passionate debate on the internet over a blue and black dress that to some people – perhaps even the majority – appears white and gold. But what is the reason behind a discrepancy that has caused such division within households and offices? The story began when Caitlin McNeill posted a picture of [...]The post White and gold! No, black and blue! Why we see #TheDress so differently appeared first on PsyPost.
Technology as a social lifeline for kids with Asperger’s Technology is often maligned for having a negative influence on young people, particularly on their ability to develop healthy social relations and a sense of identity. But technology can also be a force for good. For some people, such as those on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum, technology can be a vehicle for [...]The post Technology as a social lifeline for kids with Asperger’s appeared first on PsyPost.
What’s So Special about Fifty Shades of Grey?   This is a modified version of a blog that we posted at the end of 2012 shortly after the publication of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. In light of the recent release of the film, we thought that it might be worthwhile to revisit this subject and offer...
Private Practice: Starting a website on a budget While the costs for starting a private practice in the first year are incredibly low, there are costs. Your website, like most office space arrangements is something that should cost money. Why? Because you probably wouldn’t do therapy in an alley. Wait… did she just say that? I was talking...
3 Stress-Busting Tips to Free Your Mind Need to pull yourself back together super QUICK? Here are 3 fixes to ease your mind in no time. Are you like me? Whenever I read the paper or watch the news and see stories about war, starvation, killing rampages, rape, and other atrocities, I feel anxious and worried. In...
The Bystander Effect We’d all like to think that when we see something bad happening that we’d step forward to render aid. But in reality most of us don’t. And although some people won’t take the initiative to help, they will take the time to photograph or videotape the event and post it on the internet. Why?
Tired For every blessing in my bipolar journey, there seems to be a cost. My anxiety is pretty much under control lately. (Yay!) I take anxiety meds three times a day. I can function. I can drive my car. But I am tired most of the time. I take an atypical antipsychotic...