Monthly Archives: December 2010

Coaching with compassion vs. not

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Mind Change – Taking Our Brains to Another Dimension

“Mind Change describes the outcome of changes to the way our brains take in and process information becoming ‘hard wired’ as a result of prolific connection to digital technologies. This could have a profound effect on our thoughts, feelings, behaviour … Continue reading

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Old school’s no good for grades

“We found that students attending schools with lower building quality and those attending schools with high student mobility had lower test scores,” says Evans. They also found that when these two risk factors were combined, it was particularly damaging to … Continue reading

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What Attachment Theory Can Teach about Love and Relationships

“…indicated that adults show patterns of attachment to their romantic partners similar to the patterns of attachment that children have with their parents. As he read more about adult attachment, Levine began to notice attachment behavior in adults all around … Continue reading

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Smart People Really Do Think Faster

(by John Hamilton) “The smarter the person, the faster information zips around the brain, a UCLA study finds. And this ability to think quickly apparently is inherited.” http://ht.ly/3vwO6

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People believe they have more free will than others

Abstract (Prinin, Kugler) Four experiments identify a tendency for people to believe that their own lives are more guided by the tenets of free will than are the lives of their peers. Tenets involve a priori unpredictability of personal action, … Continue reading

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“The brain may manage anger differently depending on whether we’re lying down or sitting up”

“…findings provide evidence that body position interacts with how the brain processes emotion, perhaps depending on which actions are immediately possible.” http://www.mindhacks.com/2010/12/12/the-brain-isnt-going-to-take-it-lying-down/

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New Evidence That Alzheimers Disease Is Infectious

“Alzheimer’s disease is caused in part by a build-up of protein debris in the brain. Scientists already knew that this protein debris, called amyloid peptides, is infectious.” http://io9.com/5671054/new-evidence-that-alzheimers-disease-is-infectious (or maybe better directly at Science)

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Spacetime invisibility cloaks can hide entire events inside temporal voids

“The basic idea is surprisingly simple. We see things because our eyes are able to interpret information from visible light. That light travels at, obviously enough, the speed of light, which means we see things once light has traveled from … Continue reading

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Body of Thought: How Trivial Sensations Can Influence Reasoning, Social Judgment and Perception

“…Just in the past few years studies have shown that holding a hot cup of coffee or being in a comfortably heated room warms a person’s feelings toward strangers; that striking an open, expansive “power pose” prompts people to make … Continue reading

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How does depression start?

“It turns out that we know almost nothing about the depressive prodrome. […] There were 7 warning signs that distinguished the groups and were most diagnostic of an impending depression: depressed mood, decreased interest in or pleasure from activities, decreased … Continue reading

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Explaining Why Meditators May Live Longer

http://ht.ly/3uAVa “Researchers led by Tonya Jacobs of the University of California-Davis compared 30 participants at a meditation retreat held at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado with matched controls on a waiting list for the retreat. Participants meditated six hours … Continue reading

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Authors@Google: Chris Chabris

(start at min. 2) Talking about: 1. The invisible gorilla video (–> video is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo (Gorilla is being seen (eye-tracking) but doesn’t reach level of consciousness; selective attention: “the problem is the amount of mind you have”) 2. Six … Continue reading

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A Brave New Dystopia

“Orwell warned of a world where books were banned. Huxley warned of a world where no one wanted to read books. […] Orwell warned of a state where every conversation and thought was monitored and dissent was brutally punished. Huxley … Continue reading

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Psychologists Use fMRI To Understand Ties Between Memories And The Imagination

“Psychologists have found that thought patterns used to recall the past and imagine the future are strikingly similar.” (July 1, 2007) “Remembering your past may go hand-in-hand with envisioning your future!” “All the regions that we know are important for … Continue reading

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Neuroscience and free will: When definitions become important.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tomchivers/100047972/neuroscience-and-free-will-when-definitions-become-important/ (Prof Haggard)

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Brain only fully ‘matures’ in middle age, claims neuroscientist

“Brain scans have shown that prefrontal cortex – the area just behind your forehead – continues to change shape in your 30s and 40s.” “It is the part of the brain that is involved in high cognitive function such as … Continue reading

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Evidence that placebos could work even if you tell people they’re taking placebos

Evidence that placebos could work even if you tell people they’re taking placebos “[…] In a clinical trial, he found that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) felt that their symptoms improved when they took placebo pills, even if they … Continue reading

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The Tipping Point Of Animacy: How, When, and Where We Perceive Life in a Face (1 of 2)

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NewScientist: Progress bar illusion

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