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The 8 Types Of Imagination

The 8 Types Of Imagination | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

It has been said that imagination is more important than knowledge, and for any experienced classroom teacher it is easy to see daily evidence of this.

In the blog post, Dr. Murray Hunter of the University of Malaysia Perlis has listed the 8 types of imagination we use on a daily basis, with explanations for each. Dr. Hunter defines imagination as “the ability to form mental images, phonological passages, analogies, or narratives of something that is not perceived through our senses.

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 3, 2013 6:25 AM

(From the article): “Imagination is a manifestation of our memory and enables us to scrutinize our past and construct hypothetical future scenarios that do not yet, but could exist. Imagination also gives us the ability to see things from other points of view and empathize with others.”

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Why Your Brain Is the Most Powerful Thing in the Universe [VIDEO]

Why Your Brain Is the Most Powerful Thing in the Universe [VIDEO] | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
ASAP Science teaches us the power of thought and how everything we think can actually re-shape our brains and our lives.
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According to ASAP Science, each thought we have can actually change the structure and function of our brains. And, no, they don't mean metaphorically; they literally mean thinking that you can do something and being positive about it will alter your brain.

Eventually the power of your thoughts could help you, for example, learn the piano or even increase muscle mass in your body.

 

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Doctor-patient relationship: Physicians' brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients' pain -- and their relief

Doctor-patient relationship: Physicians' brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients' pain -- and their relief | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

A patient's relationship with his or her doctor has long been considered an important component of healing. Now, in a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain scans while they believed they were actually treating patients, researchers have provided the first scientific evidence indicating that doctors truly can feel their patients' pain -- and can also experience their relief following treatment.

 

In a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain scans while they believed they were actually treating patients, researchers have provided the first scientific evidence indicating that doctors truly can feel their patients' pain 


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Your body language shapes who you are

Using a few simple tweaks to body language, Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discovers ways to help people become more powerful

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.


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Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, January 25, 2013 11:02 PM

Are you able to interpret body language.....? To know and to use...both important...

 

Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, September 4, 2013 10:00 PM

This is facinating information about our our body can change our minds. 

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Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don't leave

TED Talks Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life.

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Kevin Friery's curator insight, January 27, 2013 2:50 AM

Thanks to Sue Wilson for the link. 

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Exploring Empathy

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What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel - and to hurt for them or be happy for them?  Host Frank Stasio is joined by a panel of experts to discuss empathy, the trait that makes us uniquely human.

 

Lasana Harris is an assistant professor in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University; Jesse Prinz is a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Pate Skene is an associate professor of neurobiology at Duke University and a second year law student; and Ralph Savarese is an associate professor of English at Grinnell College, a Duke Humanities Writ Large Fellow, and the author of “Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption”


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 27, 2013 1:45 PM

Want to get better at empathy in order to connect with customers/prospects and create better stories?


Then you might want to listen to this discussion by a panel of experts.


Empathy, like listening, is one of the essential storytelling skills to master. Enjoy this audio file!


And thank you to fellow curator Don Hornsby for originally finding and sharing this piece.

donhornsby's comment, January 27, 2013 5:44 PM
You are welcome.
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Children may grow out of autism

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Some children accurately diagnosed as autistic early in life lose their symptoms as they get older, say US researchers.
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The findings of the National Institutes of Health study of 112 children appears to challenge the widely held belief that autism is a lifelong condition.

While not conclusive, the study, in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, suggests some children might possibly outgrow autism.

But experts urge caution.

Much more work is needed to find out what might explain the findings.

 
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The Science of Optimism: a Conversation on ‘The Optimism Bias’ with neuroscientist Tali Sharot

The Science of Optimism: a Conversation on ‘The Optimism Bias’ with neuroscientist Tali Sharot | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
I like to think of myself as a positive and optimistic person. It seems to me to make for an easier and more enjoyable journey through life. So I was intrigued
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Tali stum­bled into this area of research by acci­dent. Study­ing how emo­tion changes mem­ory, specif­i­cally trau­matic mem­o­ries such as in 9/11, it emerged that people’s mem­o­ries of these events were filled with errors and inac­cu­ra­cies. This is partly because the neural sys­tem involved in the processes by which you remem­ber the past, are the same ones you use to imag­ine the future. It is designed to help us con­struct future sce­nar­ios in our mind, and so mem­ory ends up being a partly con­structed process too.

 
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How Facebook Affects Your Memory

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New research has found that Facebook status updates are more memorable than lines from a book or the faces of strangers.
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"We were really surprised," said Laura Mickes, visiting scholar at UC San Diego and a senior research fellow at the University of Warwick. "These kinds of gaps in [memory] performance are on a scale similar to the differences between amnesiacs and people with healthy memory."

 
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The Psychology of Color In Logo Designs

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Color is very important to brand recognition. Scientists and researchers believe certain colors make us feel a certain way about something like this infographic by The Logo Company suggests.

Red : Excitement, Youthful and Bold.
Green : Peaceful, Growth and Health. ( even eco-friendly)
Blue : Trust, Dependable and Strength.
Orange : Friendly, cheerful and confidence.
Black and White : Balanced, Netural and calm.

 
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Forensic Psychology Masters Online

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Are you interested in studying a forensic psychology masters online or on campus program, or in taking criminology and justice studies? This page will help you to find out more about university forensic psychology and to locate suitable schools.
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Forensic psychology is the application of psychology in law and law enforcement.

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10 Amazing Weight-Loss Transformation Stories on YouTube

10 Amazing Weight-Loss Transformation Stories on YouTube | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
If you're trying to shed a few pounds as a New Year's resolution, tune in to these astounding weight-loss transformation videos and photo galleries.
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Would You Make Your Kid Sign a Contract to Use an iPhone?

Would You Make Your Kid Sign a Contract to Use an iPhone? | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Earlier this week Mashable wrote a post about a mom who gave her 13-year-old son an iPhone for Christmas, plus an 18 point contract.
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This post garnered a lot of varied reactions from readers. Some parents thought the contract was a great way to set clear guidelines for the young teen and help ensure he's a responsible smartphone user. Others said they didn't have a problem with the rules but were bothered by the fact she chose to publicize her rules online. And considering how permanent one's digital footprint is, this information could show up throughout her son's life whenever someone searches his name online.

 
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Psychology and Human Development Degrees

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Find out more about psychology and human development, what's involved in studying it online, locate suitable degree programs, and more ...

Some students are specifically interested in development psychology as it relates to infant and children, others to adolescents,  or adult, or the elderly. 

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January 29, 2013 - Minding Psychology: A Weekly Update is out

January 29, 2013 - Minding Psychology: A Weekly Update is out | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

This weekly newspaper brings updates on what's happening in psychology, in particular sharing resources designed to increase our knowledge of the field.


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Leadership Psychology Degrees

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Find out more about taking leadership psychology degrees online and on campus, locating suitable university programs, what the prospects are, and more ...
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Leadership psychology programs focus on the study of group dynamics from a leadership perspective, looking in particular at leadership behavior and leadership attitudes.

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Adam Atodl's curator insight, January 29, 2013 3:16 PM

Leadership psychologists seek to understand and change the interactions between people, and between individuals and the larger social environment.  Leadership psychology programs develop the knowledge and skills required.

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Children’s complex thinking skills begin forming before they go to school

Children’s complex thinking skills begin forming before they go to school | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
New research at the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that children begin to show signs of higher-level thinking skills as young as age 4.

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PhD in Counseling Psychology

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A PhD in counseling psychology online gives you good career options. This page will help you if you want to take a counseling doctorate.
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Retooling Brain-Care With Low-Cost Technology

Retooling Brain-Care With Low-Cost Technology | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
If we are to meet a massive and growing need, we'll need to disrupt today's status quo in which research is based on small and fragmented clinical trials, and where active brain care is often left for patients whose problems have grown until it is...
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Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post.


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Clinical Doctorate in Psychology

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Find out more about clinical doctorate in psychology programs. This page will help you to locate suitable online programs.
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In a doctorate in clinical psychology you learn to apply pschology to the analysis, research and treatment of severe mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. 

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Impaired coordination of brain activity in autism involves local, as well as long-range, signaling

Impaired coordination of brain activity in autism involves local, as well as long-range, signaling | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
A study based at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) finds that the local functional connectivity of the brain – the extent to which the activity of within a small brain region appears to be...

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Masters in Clinical Psychology

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Find out more about masters in clinical psychology programs, locate suitable schools, learn about the work of a clinical psychologist, prospects, and more ...
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Clinical psychology is the application of psychology to the analysis, research and treatment of severe mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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Emerging consumer electronics to monitor and enhance brain functioning

Emerging consumer electronics to monitor and enhance brain functioning | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Ten Innovative Ideas in Consumer Electronics (article by Bloomberg Businessweek reporting on CES 2013): Human monitoring The human body can be monitored,
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By mon­i­tor­ing brain­waves and con­vert­ing them into energy, it is pos­si­ble for humans to move phys­i­cal objects sim­ply by con­cen­trat­ing. Startup Inter­axon is launch­ing a $200 brain-sensing head­band called the Muse. Ini­tially it is being used as a video game con­troller, but there are plenty of pos­si­ble busi­ness appli­ca­tions for peo­ple who want to move objects effortlessly.”

 
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Overactive brain keeps autistic teens from adjusting to social situations

Overactive brain keeps autistic teens from adjusting to social situations | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—A new University of Michigan study finds that an overactive part of the brain hinders autistic teens from coping in unfamiliar social settings, leaving them feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
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The present findings along with other work suggest that for many kids with ASD may find it distressing to look at and interact with other people. If kids find it distressing to watch and engage in social situations from an early age, they will disengage from them and miss many opportunities to learn about the social world.

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Sports Psychology Programs

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Find out more about sport psychology study, what's involved, what the prospects are, and locate suitable sports psychology programs.

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Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, January 5, 2013 8:46 AM

Linking sport and psychology in one degree is a relatively recent phenomenon.  And yet so much of performing well in sport is about motivation, stress, endurance, will power - all psychological factors.  So it is surprising that our psychological knowledge about such factors has not been applied to sport in a scientific way before.