Psychology-Psychiatry

Humans’ Built-in GPS is our 3-D Sense of Smell

Humans’ Built-in GPS is our 3-D Sense of Smell

Like homing pigeons, humans have a nose for navigation because our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, new research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows. While humans may lack the scent-tracking sophistication of, say, a search-and-rescue dog, we can sniff our way, blindfolded, toward a location whose scent we’ve smelled only once before, according to the UC Berkeley study published today (June 17) in the journal PLOS ONE.

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This Just in: Emotional & Rational Brains ‘physically different’

Posted by on June 21, 2015 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
This Just in: Emotional & Rational Brains ‘physically different’

Researchers at Monash University have found physical differences in the brains of people who respond emotionally to others’ feelings, compared to those who respond more rationally, in a study published in the journal NeuroImage. The work, led by Robert Eres from the University’s School of Psychological Sciences, pinpointed correlations between grey matter density and cognitive and affective empathy. The study looked at whether people who have more brain cells in certain areas of the brain are better at different types of empathy.

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Is Happiness In Your Genes?

Posted by on June 17, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Is Happiness In Your Genes?

Why do some people smile more than others? Is the answer in our genes? It turns out, how happy you are may be partly determined by your genes.

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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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Hip-Hop Therapy Is New Route To Mental Wellbeing, Say Psychiatrists

Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Hip-Hop Therapy Is New Route To Mental Wellbeing, Say Psychiatrists

From its roots in rap, graffiti, DJing and breakdancing in the Bronx borough of New York in the 1970s, hip-hop has grown to become a global cultural and commercial powerhouse. But now UK researchers believe they have found a new use for it: as a treatment for mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression.

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