Psychology-Psychiatry

Listening to Classical Music “Genetically” Improves Your Brain

Listening to Classical Music “Genetically” Improves Your Brain

Although listening to music is common in all societies, the biological determinants of listening to music are largely unknown. According to a new study, listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration. Several of the up-regulated genes were known to be responsible for song learning and singing in songbirds, suggesting a common evolutionary background of sound perception across species.

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Get Into the Flow: 5 Performance-Enhancing Brain Chemicals

Get Into the Flow: 5 Performance-Enhancing Brain Chemicals

The neurochemical changes during flow states that strengthen motivation, creativity and learning. “The brain produces a giant cascade of neurochemistry. You get norepinephrine, dopamine, anandamide, serotonin and endorphins. All five of these are performance enhancing neurochemicals.

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Despite Negativity in Our Media, Scientists Say There is Universal Human Bias for Positive Words

Despite Negativity in Our Media, Scientists Say There is Universal Human Bias for Positive Words

Arabic movie subtitles, Korean tweets, Russian novels, Chinese websites, English lyrics, and even the war-torn pages of the New York Times — research examining billions of words, shows that these sources — and all human language — skews toward the use of happy words. This Big Data study confirms the 1969 Pollyanna Hypothesis that there is a universal human tendency to “look on and talk about the bright side of life.

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Scientists Have Found Out Why You’re Chronically Late

Posted by on February 9, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Scientists Have Found Out Why You’re Chronically Late

One of the most obvious and common reasons that people are frequently late is that they simply fail to accurately judge how long a task will take – something known as the planning fallacy. Research has shown that people on average underestimate how long a task will take to complete by a significant 40 percent.

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Twin Telepathy: Is there a ‘Special Connection’?

Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Twin Telepathy: Is there a ‘Special Connection’?

Clearly, we have a lot to learn from twins. I have collected quite enough evidence, much of it at first hand, to show that communication at a distance can take place and can be seen to take place under controlled laboratory conditions. Yet, as I said earlier, this remains one of the most under-researched subjects in all of science. The reason I usually hear is that telepathy is obviously impossible since there is no known mechanism that could explain it.

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Unconscious Thought Not So Smart after All

Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 1 Comment
Unconscious Thought Not So Smart after All

If you have to make a complex decision, will you do a better job if you absorb yourself in, say, a crossword puzzle instead of ruminating about your options? The idea that unconscious thought is sometimes more powerful than conscious thought is attractive, and echoes ideas popularized by books such as writer Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling Blink.

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Busting the Left Brain vs Right Brain Myth

Posted by on January 25, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Busting the Left Brain vs Right Brain Myth

Have you ever heard people say that they tend to be more of a right-brain or left-brain thinker? It might surprise you learn learn that this idea is just one of many myths about the brain.

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Man ‘Trapped In a Time Loop’ Crippled By Extreme Déjà Vu For Last Eight Years

Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Man ‘Trapped In a Time Loop’ Crippled By Extreme Déjà Vu For Last Eight Years

A 23-year-old British student has spoken of being “trapped in a time loop” after one of the most unusual cases of extreme déjà vu has crippled the last eight years of his life. The unnamed male, whose experiences formed a case study in the Journal of Medical Case Reports, has been forced to drop out of university, stop reading newspapers or magazines, watching television or listening to the radio – because he believes that he’s seen it all before.

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Could Curry Banish Bad Memories? Turmeric Prevents Fear Being Stored In the Brain, Scientists Claim

Posted by on January 20, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Could Curry Banish Bad Memories? Turmeric Prevents Fear Being Stored In the Brain, Scientists Claim

Scientists found that curcumin, a compound found in the root of the Indian spice, prevented new fear memories being stored in the brain. It also removed pre-existing fear memories, researchers found. Scientists hope findings will contribute to the development of treatments for psychological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Hugging Proven To Reduce Cold Symptoms

Posted by on December 22, 2014 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Hugging Proven To Reduce Cold Symptoms

Hugging is beneficial in many ways – it improves relationships, reduces stress, and is just plain fun. Well, here’s another plus to add to the list: according to this study, hugging can actually reduce the severity of the common cold.

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How Do We Know We Are Good at Something?

How Do We Know We Are Good at Something?

By Omar Cherif How do we know we are good at something? I recently started asking myself this question. Does one’s feeling or knowing of being good at a specific activity comes from within, or do we have to compare with others to find out? The reason why this has been on my mind is […]

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Purposefully Walking More Energetically May Improve Your Mood

Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Purposefully Walking More Energetically May Improve Your Mood

If you’re in an up mood, you may walk more energetically. But a study finds that purposefully walking more energetically may improve your mood. Christie Nicholson reports

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Environmental Good Deeds Give People a ‘Warm Glow’

Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Environmental Good Deeds Give People a ‘Warm Glow’

Psychologists found that when volunteers thought they were helping the environment their perception of temperature changed.

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Your Brain Peforms Better When It Slows Down (Video)

Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Your Brain Peforms Better When It Slows Down (Video)

est-selling author Steven Kotler recently visited Big Think to discuss the optimization of consciousness through flow states, a key topic in his recently published book, The Rise of Superman. The best way to describe a flow state is to use the example of practically every action movie released since The Matrix. Experiencing flow is similar to being in “bullet time.” Like Keanu Reeves’ Neo (though certainly not on his level), a person in flow obtains the ability to keenly hone their focus on the task at hand so that everything else disappears.

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Science Shows What You Think Will Make You Happy Probably Won’t

Written by on November 9, 2014 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science, Videos with 0 Comments
Science Shows What You Think Will Make You Happy Probably Won’t

If you’re like most people, you probably think you know what makes you happy. Unfortunately, science says there’s a good chance you don’t.

When if they think they’d be happier winning the lottery or becoming paraplegic, most people quite understandably respond that they’d be happier with all that money and no handicap.

Still, real life statistics show that one year after winning the lottery or losing the use of their lower body, people in both these groups are equally happy. Yes, really, EQUALLY.

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