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Can You See Your Own Brain Waves? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Can You See Your Own Brain Waves? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
An intriguing new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience introduces a new optical illusion - and, potentially, a new way to see ones own brain activity. The
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Very mesmerising illusion! Could alpha waves also be responsible for the blinding sensation that results from looking directly into the glare of a light..? 

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How Your Mind Colors Black and White Images - The Daily Neuron

How Your Mind Colors Black and White Images - The Daily Neuron | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
So if you are in the market for a new tv you may have noticed that a whole lot has changed in the past few decades when it comes to television technology. Only a short time ago people used to watch shows on tv in black and white. In fact anyone that has been stuck [...]
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Can You See Your Own Brain Waves? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Can You See Your Own Brain Waves? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
An intriguing new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience introduces a new optical illusion - and, potentially, a new way to see ones own brain activity. The
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Very mesmerising illusion! Could alpha waves also be responsible for the blinding sensation that results from looking directly into the glare of a light..? 

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Mindful Individuals Are Less Affected by Others - The Daily Neuron

Mindful Individuals Are Less Affected by Others - The Daily Neuron | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
Whenever people hear the word “feelings,” most of us cringe and it is because of the negative stereotype that is commonly associated with the word.
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The Cognitive Cost of Doing Things

The Cognitive Cost of Doing Things | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
There's no such thing as a free lunch, and that goes for your brain, too. Every time you amass the willpower to do anything, it has mental costs.
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Too Much Awareness Can Be a Bad Thing

Too Much Awareness Can Be a Bad Thing | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
Every now and then it's good to step back and reflect on ourselves and the state of our lives, but too much awareness can be a bad thing too.
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The Mind-Blowing Science Of Sleep

The Mind-Blowing Science Of Sleep | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
All you ever wanted to know about how sleep works and why it affects your day-to-day performance.
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A bad night's sleep certainly has more repercussions than we realise -  but if we are too conscious of this, it can have the reverse effect.  So maybe it is healthier to respond naturally to our body's rythms without striving to achieve a healthy level 100% of the time  (since this isn't always possible in our modern society)..?  

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Random Brain Waves Save Free Will? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Random Brain Waves Save Free Will? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
A new paper adds to the perennial free will debate, by casting doubt on the famous Libet experiment. Back in 1983, neuroscientists led by Benjamin Libet fo
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This very interesting article investigates the implications of the Jo et al study conducted this year which re-examines the concept of autonomous choice. I agree with Neuroskeptic that the 'late RP' discussed here MAY be an unconscious precursor to autonomous choice...due to the inevitable delay in awareness that accompanies any decision, this may be the strongest indicator of control as we understand it.  

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The Psychology of Video Game Avatars

The Psychology of Video Game Avatars | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
Are you more dominant, kind, assertive, clever, or flirty depending on how your character appears in-game? Both new and old research has shown that the avatars we adopt can influence our behaviors...
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Go Ahead and Sleep In - Your Brain May Flush out Toxins While You Sleep - The Daily Neuron

Go Ahead and Sleep In - Your Brain May Flush out Toxins While You Sleep - The Daily Neuron | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
There you were in most the perfect position of comfort, deep in the midst of a blissful dream walking in a forest, the temperature was perfect and you are so relaxed and then you hear this sound, a familiar voice yelling “wake up,” but no this is ...
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The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes

The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
"Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator. It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that."

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An interesting view on our conscious experience of ordinary things...for me, this is quite similar to existentialism 

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Healthy Escapism: The Emotional Intelligence of Fantasy and Distraction

Healthy Escapism: The Emotional Intelligence of Fantasy and Distraction | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
Instead of venting your negative emotions, sometimes it is better to just shift your awareness toward something completely different that makes you forget about your troubles.
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Escapism -  the perfect remedy when you are overwhelmed by your feelings? 

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Creativity Is Really Just Persistence, And Science Can Prove It

Creativity Is Really Just Persistence, And Science Can Prove It | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
We already knew that as Woody Allen has pointed out success is overwhelmingly about showing up. Now fresh studies help us understand why that is.
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So interesting! While it may seem that we have hit a mental barrier, our mind is slowly piecing our thoughts  together without our even knowing it!

 

I think that if our work is meaningful to us, we are less likely to be diverted -  so if we genuinely feel disconnected to an idea and have no motivation to continue, it may actually be better to develop a new one in its place...

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The Brain: The Mystery of Consciousness

The Brain: The Mystery of Consciousness | Aspects of Consciousness | Scoop.it
You exist, right? Prove it. How 100 billion jabbering neurons create the knowledge--or illusion--that you're here
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I think in exploring both problems (easy and hard), we may be a little closer to revealing our true capabilities, but only to a certain point.  Are we ever really sure that we are testing the existence of consciousness, or simply our idea of it? I agree that the selective nature of the brain may prevent us from uncovering the full extent of its mysteries.

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