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MH370 and the black box of the mind Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen on the flight recorder as a potent image of our helpless relationship to the world and to ourselvesOccasionally, perhaps when you feel most inured to the traumatic images that assail us daily on the TV screen or in the papers, you see something that tears you out of your glassy indifference. That, at least, was the effect on me of the pictures of the families of the flight MH370 passengers, eyes knitted in prayer, mouths flung open in rage.Imagine howling. The phrase, spoken by Claudio in Measure for Measure, came to mind as my eyes fell on their faces and shut tightly, as though reflexively shamed by the indecency of looking at them. But why, when we stare with such casual composure at all manner of grief and suffering, should these images induce such particular and intense aversion? Continue reading...
Raising a Moral Child The tactics are different from those used for encouraging achievement.
Why Do We Work Better Under Pressure? Do you produce your best work if you wait until the last minute to do it, and are under the stress of an impending deadline? If you don't, chances are you know someone who does. But why? What is it about the tension of putting things off that gets our creative juices flowing? ...
Green space keeps you from feeling blue If you start feeling better as spring begins pushing up its tender shoots, you might be living proof of a trend discovered in data from a new study: The more green space in the neighborhood, the happier people reported feeling. "The greening of neighborhoods could be a simple solution to reducing stress," says the lead author. "If you want to feel better, go outside."
The Many Creepy Experiments That Involved Staring At People Do you like being stared at? Neither does anyone else. We know that for sure, because psychologists have done many experiments on the subject — many, many creepy experiments. ...
Brain cell discovery could open doors to targeted cancer therapies Fresh insights into the processes that control brain cell production could pave the way for treatments for brain cancer and other brain-related disorders. Researchers have focused on a RNA molecule, known as miR-9, which is linked to the development of brain cells, known as neurons and glial cells. They have shown that a protein called Lin28a regulates the production of miR-9, which in turn controls the genes involved in brain cell development and function.
Why Positive Thinking May Be Harmful for Some Brainwaves of positive and negative thinkers reveal important insight into positive thinking.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:The Creative Power of Thinking Outside Yourself What Might Have Been: The Benefits of Counter-Factual Thinking Destructive Daydreams: Why Wishful Thinking is Dangerous Unusual Thinking Styles Increase Creativity Five Effortless Postures that Foster Creative Thinking
Confirmation of neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder The neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder (ADD), a syndrome whose causes are poorly understood, has just been confirmed by a study carried out on mice. Researchers have identified a cerebral structure, the superior colliculus, where hyperstimulation causes behavior modifications similar to those of some patients who suffer from ADD. Their work also shows noradrenaline accumulation in the affected area, shedding light on this chemical mediator having a role in attention disorders.
A Mad Man, Indeed: The Psychology of Don Draper We love him. We hate him. Mostly, we don't understand him. Who is Don Draper, and why is he the way he is?read more
Make up your mind! The science behind bisexuality | Tania Browne 'Like Jessie J, my bisexuality is just a phase. A phase that has lasted over 30 years, and through 17 years of marriage. Oh please, someone help me!' Tania Browne tries to see the science behind her pathetic, craven indecisionAre you a cat person, or a dog person?Do you like Blur or Oasis, The Saturdays or Little Mix? Continue reading...
Confirmation Bias - Psychology Definition of the Week Definition: When we are making a decision about an issue, we often like to believe that we carefully balance the existing evidence and formulate an opinion that is balanced, logical, and impartial. The reality is that we often fall victim to a problem known as the confirmation bias. This involves only paying attention to information that supports our current point of view, or even interpreting information in such as way that it upholds our existing beliefs. In other words, we look for evidence that supports our opinions and ignore information that conflicts with what we already believe to be true....Read Full Post
To Be an Organ Donor, Specific Attitudes Trump General Support, Study Finds Precise attitudes rather than general support predict action on good cause, according to research
Are You Fighting Fair or Fighting Dirty Fighting within a relationship does not have to be bad. A constructive argument where both sides are able to speak and be heard is the mark of a very healthy relationship. But there are some ways of fighting that aren’t as constructive, in fact they’re down right dirty and can impact your relationship negatively. Here […]
How the brain pays attention: Identifying regions of the brain dealing with object-based, spacial attention A brain circuit that's key to shifting our focus from one object to another has been identified by neuroscientists. The new findings suggest that there are two types of attention that have similar mechanisms involving related brain regions: object-based attention, and spatial attention. In both cases, the prefrontal cortex -- the control center for most cognitive functions -- appears to take charge of the brain's attention and control relevant parts of the visual cortex, which receives sensory input.
Finding the target: How timing is critical in establishing an olfactory wiring map A developmental window during which olfactory neurons of newborn mice can form a proper wiring map has been identified by researchers. They show that if incorrect neuronal connections are maintained after this period, renewing cells will also be mis-wired. The human nose expresses nearly 400 odorant receptors, which allow us to distinguish a large number of scents. In mice the number of odor receptors is closer to 1000. Each olfactory neuron displays only a single type of receptor and all neurons with the same receptors are connected to the same spot, a glomerulus, in the brain.
Researchers search for earliest roots of psychiatric disorders A single molecular mechanism in the developing brain has been identified that sheds light on how cells may go awry when exposed to a variety of different environmental insults. The findings suggest that different types of stressors prenatally activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that may make exposed individuals susceptible to late-onset neuropsychiatric disorders.
Brainy courage of the rainbowfish The boldest black-lined rainbowfish are those that are born in the wild. Also more fearless are those that analyze information with both sides of their brains. The preference to analyze and react to information with either the left or right hemisphere of the brain is called cerebral lateralization, and is widespread among vertebrates. Lateralization is seen in the preference of humans or parrots to use one hand or claw over the other or to always turn to the same side when moving around objects.
Green Tea Improves Working Memory Tea boosts connections between frontal and parietal regions of the brain.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Learning Challenging New Skills Like Photography Improves Memory Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning Urban Living: Green Spaces Improve Your Mental Health Exercise Can Improve Long-Term Memory Tea: 6 Brilliant Effects on the Brain
Gay marriage appeals move issue back toward high court For the first time since the Supreme Court issued two major rulings last June, federal appeals courts are hearing cases on the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Using tablets to reach kids with autism Tablets are popular with parents and educators, but not being used to full potential yet.