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Innattentional Blindness and Ghosts - Happy Halloween!

Innattentional Blindness and Ghosts - Happy Halloween! | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

In 1959, a psychologist (at Cambridge decided to test how people would react to seeing a ghost on campus:

"Each night, Cornell or his assistants dressed in a white sheet and strolled down a path, making various hand gestures before shedding the sheet 4.5 minutes later"

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Scientists Measure Dream Content For The First Time

Scientists Measure Dream Content For The First Time | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
The ability to dream is a fascinating aspect of the human mind. However, how the images and emotions that we experience so intensively when we dream form in our heads remains a mystery.
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Can Technology Change Human Nature?

Can Technology Change Human Nature? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Technology has slowly emerged that allows us to change the operation of the human brain. So far this technology has been staggeringly primitive, the equivalent of trying to adjust a computer with a sledgehammer.


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Sakis Koukouvis
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Psychologists prove existence of hypnotic state

Psychologists prove existence of hypnotic state | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Researchers have come up with strong evidence to show that a genuine hypnotic state exists -- a glazed look often been linked with hypnosis but rarely studied scientifically.
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Curiosity doesn't kill the student | e! Science News

Curiosity doesn't kill the student | e! Science News | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

In fact, personality traits like curiosity seem to be as important as intelligence in determining how well students do in school. Intelligence is important to academic performance, but it's not the whole story.

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Porn is ruining the sex lives of an entire Generation

Porn is ruining the sex lives of an entire Generation | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Young men in their 20s apparently have no groove in bed — and it’s all because they’re addicted to pornography, according to a report in Psychology Today.

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Hear the one about men being funnier than women? — Tri-City Psychology Services

Hear the one about men being funnier than women? — Tri-City Psychology Services | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Study proves gender stereotype that men are funnier than women...
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Light Therapy and Your Mental Health

Light Therapy and Your Mental Health | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Your Biologic Clock keeps our body rhythms and sleep-wake cycles in synch with the light-day cycle of the earth. It is located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the hormone control center of the brain, the hypothalamus.

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Our brains are made of the same stuff, despite DNA differences | PsyPost

Our brains are made of the same stuff, despite DNA differences | PsyPost | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Despite vast differences in the genetic code across individuals and ethnicities, the human brain shows a 'consistent molecular architecture,' say researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Religious, Spiritual Support Benefits Men And Women Facing Chronic Illness, MU Study Finds

Religious, Spiritual Support Benefits Men And Women Facing Chronic Illness, MU Study Finds | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Individuals who practice religion and spirituality report better physical and mental health than those who do not.
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Good relationship with teacher can protect first graders from aggression

Good relationship with teacher can protect first graders from aggression | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A new study of 217 Canadian seven-year-old twins finds that children who were genetically vulnerable to being aggressive were more likely to be victimized by their classmates than others.
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Want to resist temptation? A new study suggests thinking might not always help you

Want to resist temptation? A new study suggests thinking might not always help you | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Uh-oh. Here comes temptation -- for a dieter, it's a sweet treat; an alcoholic, a beer; a married man, an attractive, available woman. How to defeat the impulse to gratify desire and stick to your long-term goals of slimness, sobriety, or fidelity?
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Study uncovers physiological nature of disgust in politics | PsyPost

Study uncovers physiological nature of disgust in politics | PsyPost | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Most likely, you would be disgusted if confronted with a picture of a man eating a mouthful of writhing worms. Or a particularly bloody wound. Or a horribly emaciated but still living body.
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How film makers are using your own imagination to scare you

How film makers are using your own imagination to scare you | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why the camera panning an innocuous scene in a horror movie will make your hair stand on end? It might have something to do with your temporal poles.
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One Drug Makes You Fearless: The Morning-Before Pill

One Drug Makes You Fearless: The Morning-Before Pill | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

What if our society comes to the point where we have nothing to fear but...an expired prescription? What if science could wipe our painful memories away, without surgery? What if there were a pill that could eliminate fear, making the individual resistant to his or her own doubts, and thus so much more productive?

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Neuroimaging Of Lucid Dreamers' Brains Could Be A Step Toward True 'Dream Reading'

Neuroimaging Of Lucid Dreamers' Brains Could Be A Step Toward True 'Dream Reading' | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
When people dream that they are performing a particular action, a portion of the brain involved in the planning and execution of movement lights up with activity.
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How listening to an iPod shrinks your sense of personal space

How listening to an iPod shrinks your sense of personal space | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Positive music played over headphones (but not speakers) had the effect of shrinking the participants' sense of personal space

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Depression and Dysthymia: What It Feels Like

Depression and Dysthymia: What It Feels Like | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Dan Fields, a consultant to the Grief Support Services of the Samaritans, recently crafted a beautiful piece that articulates what his dysthymia feels like.
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Source found for immune system effects on memory | PsyPost

Source found for immune system effects on memory | PsyPost | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Immune system cells of the brain, which scavenge pathogens and damaged neurons, are also key players in memory and learning, according to new research by Duke neuroscientists.
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Why Chinese Women Have Better Hips Compared to White Women

Why Chinese Women Have Better Hips Compared to White Women | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The results of a study published in this month's issue of "Arthritis & Rheumatism" examined the hips of 200 female participants without OA in China and in the United States, looking specifically at abnormalities of hip formation and impingement, and comparing the x-ray data derived from these hips...

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Gender differences: Viewing TV coverage of terrorism has more negative effect on women, study finds

Gender differences: Viewing TV coverage of terrorism has more negative effect on women, study finds | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Exposure to television coverage of terrorism causes women to lose psychological resources much more than men, which leads to negative feelings and moodiness.
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Deric Bownds' MindBlog: Adolescent brain changes while viewing media violence

Deric Bownds' MindBlog: Adolescent brain changes while viewing media violence | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Strenziok et al. (open access) note a habituation and desensitization of adolescent emotional network brain responses to TV violence, which raises the obvious concern that diminishing the linking of the consequences of aggression with an emotional response might promote aggressive attitudes and behavior.

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Friendship makes a difference in stress regulation

Friendship makes a difference in stress regulation | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A nationwide Dutch study of 100 fourth graders sought to determine whether victimization and exclusion by peers were related to increases in cortisol (a stress hormone), and whether friendships moderated this association.
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Study uncovers clues to young children's aggressive behavior

Study uncovers clues to young children's aggressive behavior | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Children who are persistently aggressive, defiant, and explosive by the time they're in kindergarten very often have tumultuous relationships with their parents from early on. A new longitudinal study suggests that a cycle involving parenting styles and hostility between mothers and toddlers is at play.

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Milgram Once More: How Evil Are You?

This Sunday October 30th, just in time for Halloween, the Discovery Channel is airing a special episode of their series Curiosity. Sunday’s episode tackles the question of evil. How Evil Are You?

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