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  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by socialiguana
    +18 +1

    Could Your Immune System Be Making You Impulsive?

    You can have £10 today or £12 next week. Which do you go for? Being able to forego a reward now in favour of gaining something better later is known to be important in determining all kinds of desirable outcomes in life, including greater educational attainment, social functioning and health.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +11 +1

    People’s Sense Of Control Over Their Actions Is Reduced At A Fundamental Level When They’re Angry Or Afraid

    During major bouts of anger or fear, people can end up taking extreme and sometimes violent actions. But they often say that, in the moment, they didn’t feel responsible for those actions – they “lost control” or “saw red”. In the UK, under certain circumstances, a person accused of murder can even claim that this “loss of control” led to them killing their victim. If successful, this defence can reduce charges to manslaughter.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by doodlegirl
    +25 +1

    Why your brain doesn’t register the words ‘climate change’

    Which phrase does a better job of grabbing people’s attention: “global warming” or “climate change”? According to recent neuroscience research, the answer is neither. If you want to get people to care, try “climate crisis,” suggests new research from an advertising consulting agency in New York. That phrase got a 60 percent greater emotional response from listeners than our old pal climate change. (It must be music to the ears of Al Gore, who uses the phrase in just about every other tweet.)

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by gottlieb
    +7 +1

    The way music moves us shows the mind is more than a machine

    The 55 Bar in Greenwich Village, with its bulging ceiling tiles and strings of fairy lights taped haphazardly to the walls, looks more like the clubhouse of a rural Irish sports team than a New York City jazz venue. Yet some of the musical experiences I’ve had in that dingy basement have bordered on the otherworldly. When I’m pinned to the back of my seat by the mind-warping rhythms of a drummer, or the harmonic ingenuity of an improvising guitarist, I often have the feeling that my body ‘gets’ things in a way my brain can’t.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +16 +1

    What Causes Hallucinations? The Brain May Be OverInterpreting a Lack of Info

    Mental illness affects millions of Americans. Many people with bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia suffer hallucinations, the perception of something that is not present. From phantom smells to hearing voices and seeing things that are not there, hallucinations can take many forms and stem from many causes. It’s not just mental illness, either. Strokes, migraines and inner ear diseases can also lead to hallucinations. And obviously, psychedelic drugs do as well.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by Petrox
    +1 +1

    Inescapable Parts of City Life Show Strong Ties to "Psychotic Experiences"

    The United Nations predicts that, by 2050, 68 percent of the world will live in cities where thick, polluted air is the norm. But pollution is already wreaking havoc now: Research published in JAMA Psychiatry on Wednesday shows that these invisible toxins could be partially responsible for higher rates of people experiencing hallucinations and delusions — especially among teens who spend their childhoods caught in their noxious tide.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +24 +1

    Study of 6 Million People With Mental Disorders Reveals a New Health Risk

    New studies reveal that most psychiatric illnesses are related to one another. Tracing these connections, like the mapping of a river system, promises to help define the main cause of these disorders and the drugs that could alleviate their symptoms. The Danish Psychiatric Central Research Register is an enormous treasure trove of clinical data documenting every hospitalization for mental illness in Denmark over the course of 16 years.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Pfennig88
    +4 +1

    Can A Biomarker For Childhood Trauma Predict Severe Psychiatric Disease In Adulthood?

    A new study in Translational Psychiatry sought to elucidate whether reduced telomere length (TL) is associated with childhood trauma in those with schizophrenia (SZ) and bipolar disorder (BD). Telomeres are the genetic material at the end of chromosomes that shorten in most human tissues with the wear and tear of aging. When they are excessively minimized, they don’t work as well and adversely impact a tissue’s ability to repair itself. Evidence shows a link between chronic stress and childhood trauma and accelerated TL shortening in otherwise healthy people (HC).

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +25 +1

    A Simple Form of Spirituality Brings More Satisfaction Than Religion

    Any number of world religions may claim to have the monopoly on enlightenment, but a study published Thursday in the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality challenges the idea that being religious is the most consistent way to feel satisfied with life. The researchers behind the study argue that a better predictor of life satisfaction is a sense of oneness with the world — a mindset that people of all creeds can adopt.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by spacepopper
    +24 +1

    Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

    In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other by a person who had subsequently taken his own life. The students were then asked to distinguish between the genuine notes and the fake ones. Some students discovered that they had a genius for the task. Out of twenty-five pairs of notes, they correctly identified the real one twenty-four times. Others discovered that they were hopeless. They identified the real note in only ten instances.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by messi
    +45 +1

    'My mind's eye is blind' - ex-Pixar chief

    The former president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios says he has a "blind mind's eye". Most people can close their eyes and conjure up images inside their head such as counting sheep or imagining the face of a loved one. But Ed Catmull, 74, has the condition aphantasia, in which people cannot visualise mental images at all. And in a surprising survey of his former employees, so do some of the world's best animators.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by messi
    +13 +1

    Train your brain, change your brain

    “We knew that the brain has an amazing ability to adapt itself, but we were not sure that we could observe these changes so quickly. Understanding of how we can impact on brain wiring and functioning is the key to treat neurological disorders”, says Theo Marins, a biomedical scientist from IDOR and the Ph.D. responsible for the study.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +4 +1

    How and why did religion evolve?

    “This is my body.” These words, recorded in the Gospels as being spoken by Jesus during the Last Supper, are said daily at Church services around the world before the communion meal is eaten. When Christians hear these words spoken in the present, we’re reminded of the past, which is always with us, which never goes away.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +24 +1

    Allie Brosh describes depression with illustrations (Hyperbole and a Half)

    Some people have a legitimate reason to feel depressed, but not me. I just woke up one day feeling sad and helpless for absolutely no reason.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by rhingo
    +20 +1

    Why It’s Good To Be Wrong

    Nothing obstructs access to the truth like a belief in absolute truthfulness.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +15 +1

    Hacking the Tripping Mind: A Fantastic Voyage Through Inner Space

    Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us. Almost fifty years ago, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary and his colleagues penned an essay titled "On Programming Psychedelic Experiences." Essentially, the article served as a field manual for navigating awareness during altered states of consciousness, a kind of map to help orient and manage subjectivity, a voyage chart to focus...

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by messi
    +18 +1

    Are humans getting cleverer?

    IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What's behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents? It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are. In doing so, they hide a boastful remark about their offspring behind a self-deprecating one about themselves. But a new study, published in the journal Intelligence, provides fresh evidence that in many cases this may actually be true.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +2 +1

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a real measurable illness, researchers claim

    Researchers say they have found 'unequivocal' evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is not an imaginary illness, but a genuine condition that causes the immune system to go into overdrive, leaving patients feeling perpetually exhausted.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by jedlicka
    +17 +1

    Reasons To Get High, Or Why Pole Vaulters Risk Everything For An Extra Half-Inch

    The Pole Vault is a singular and uniquely dangerous sport. The people who do it anyway aren't in it for money. They're in it to fly, and because they're a little crazy. Renaud Lavillenie stares down the runway and up at the bar. His eyes seem to bulge, his eyebrows bounce, his head jerks to the left. He could be cracking his neck; it's more likely the Frenchman is thinking, Putain de merde qui est élevé, or, in English, "Holy shit, that's high."

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by mtnrg
    +2 +1

    Einstein's election riddle: are you in the two per cent that can solve it?

    Nicola lives in the tartan house, but who owns the fish?

  • Interactive
    3 years ago
    by Tzvetelin
    +3 +1

    How neurotic are you? one-minute personality test (2/5)

    Discover the second of second five components of your personality with this one-minute test.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by ticktack
    +21 +1

    Does our terror of dying drive almost everything we do?

    In October 1984, a young Skidmore College professor, Sheldon Solomon, traveled to a Utah ski lodge to introduce what would become a major theory of social psychology. The setting was a conference of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, a prestigious professional organization. Solomon’s theory explained that people embrace cultural worldviews and strive for self-esteem largely to cope with the fear of death. The reception he got was as frosty as the snow piled up outside.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +15 +1

    Why Men Kill Themselves

    Finally, Drummond had everything he’d ever dreamed of. He’d come a long way since he was a little boy, upset at his failure to get into the grammar school. That had been a great disappointment to his mother, and to his father, who was an engineer at a pharmaceutical company. His dad had never showed much interest in him as a child. He didn’t play with him and when he was naughty, he’d put him over the back of a chair and wallop him.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +10 +1

    Your Brain Can’t Handle the Moon

    What is this new theory?” the long-retired New York University cognitive psychologist, Lloyd Kaufman, asked me. We were sitting behind the wooden desk of his cozy home office. He had a stack of all his papers on the moon illusion, freshly printed, waiting for me on the adjacent futon. But I couldn’t think of a better way to start our discussion than to have him respond to the latest thesis claiming to explain what has gone, for thousands of years, unexplained...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +13 +1

    I once tried to cheat sleep, and for a year I succeeded

    In the summer of 2009, I was finishing the first—and toughest—year of my doctorate. To help me get through it, while I brewed chemicals in test tubes during the day, I was also planning a crazy experiment to cheat sleep. As any good scientist would, I referred to past studies, recorded data, and discussed notes with some of my colleagues. Although the sample size was just one—and, obviously, biased—I was going to end up learning...

    discuss by TNY via qz.com
  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by mtnrg
    +1 +1

    Upcoming Symposium Looks at Anime from Psychological Point of View

    Director Sunao Katabuchi involved

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +21 +1

    The best music to listen to for optimal productivity, according to science

    Oftentimes we have innumerable distractions at work competing for our attention. Luckily, music can help put us back on a more productive track. Studies out of the University of Birmingham, England, show that music is effective in raising efficiency in repetitive work - so if you’re mindlessly checking email or filling out a spreadsheet, adding some tunes will make your task go by that much faster.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by zyery
    +2 +1

    Why Lonely People Stay Lonely

    Nobody likes feeling lonely, and some recent research suggests that the ache of isolation isn’t only a psychological problem; unwanted solitude impacts physical health, too. Loneliness increases a person’s risk of mortality by 26 percent, an effect comparable to the health risks posed by obesity, according to a study published this spring.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by wildcat
    +7 +1

    This Graphic Explains 20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making

    We all make bad decisions sometimes, but have you ever wondered what mental obstacles can lead you astray? This infographic goes over 20 of the most common cognitive biases that can mess with your head when it’s decision time. Some of the cognitive biases on this graphic from Samantha Lee and Shana Lebowitz at Business Insider may sound pretty familiar. You’ve probably heard of the “placebo effect” and “confirmation bias” altering...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by tranxene
    +18 +1

    20 cognitive biases that screw up your decisions

    Your decisions may not be as rational as you think.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +45 +1

    The internet is eating your memory, but something better is taking its place

    In the years since the world started going digital, one of the big changes has been that we don’t need to remember very much. Why risk forgetting a partner’s birthday or a dinner date with a close friend when you can commit the details to your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet and get a reminder at the appropriate time?

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by everlost
    +24 +1

    Yale stabbing, suicide were the result of a threesome gone terribly wrong

    The apartment was only a few blocks from the hallowed halls of Yale University, but the horrors inside were unrecognizable from any Ivy League ideal. As police pushed aside the apartment’s already open door, they found a crime scene the likes of which had never been seen in the upper tier college town of New Haven, Conn.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by kdawson
    Expression
    +1 +1

    The Pure Mind Doctrine

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by cone
    +50 +1

    Mass Murderers Fit Profile, as Do Many Others Who Don’t Kill

    They have become one of the most notorious and alarming stripes of evil. People who, when you think back, seemed off. Didn’t dress right. Kept to themselves. Were nursing a bitterness that smoldered inside of them. And then they picked up guns and went out and killed as many as they could. In the aftermath, the same questions arise: Why didn’t everyone know? Why weren’t they stopped?

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by messi
    +51 +1

    Can You Get Smarter?

    You can increase the size of your muscles by pumping iron and improve your stamina with aerobic training. Can you get smarter by exercising — or altering — your brain? This is hardly an idle question considering that cognitive decline is a nearly universal feature of aging. Starting at age 55, our hippocampus, a brain region critical to memory, shrinks 1 to 2 percent every year, to say nothing of the fact that one in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease.