Monthly Archives: June 2011

PTSD treatment and visual neurofeedback

“Military doctors have added a new technique to their arsenal of treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Neurofeedback, a therapy that practitioners claim can reboot the brain’s neural networks, has been introduced at several bases, VA clinics and even in … Continue reading

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Your best defense against advertising may be your unconscious mind (Study in PT)

“A recent study by Juliano Laran and colleagues suggests that people automatically activate a defensive system whenever they detect persuasive intent. The work builds on some fascinating results involving commercial brands in a phenomenon known as implicit priming, in which … Continue reading

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Music Changes Perception, Research Shows (Study in ScienceDaily)

“Music and mood are closely interrelated — listening to a sad or happy song on the radio can make you feel more sad or happy. However, such mood changes not only affect how you feel, they also change your perception. … Continue reading

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The Channels of Emotion: Not (Just) in the Face! (Study, in PsychYourMind)

“In this work, participants never speak to each other, and are brought into a large experiment room separated by a curtain. One of the participants is then asked to reach their hand onto the other side of the curtain. The … Continue reading

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Color Red Increases the Speed and Strength of Reactions (Study)

“A new study, published in the latest issue of the journal Emotion, finds that when humans see red, their reactions become both faster and more forceful. And people are unaware of the color’s intensifying effect. […] “Color affects us in … Continue reading

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Brain Calisthenics For Abstract Ideas (Article, NYT)

“Now, a small group of cognitive scientists is arguing that schools and students could take far more advantage of this same bottom-up ability, called perceptual learning. The brain is a pattern-recognition machine, after all, and when focused properly, it can … Continue reading

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“Want to solve a problem? Don’t just use your brain, but your body, too” (Study)

“The results: The people who were allowed to gesture usually did so—and they also commonly used perceptual-motor strategies in solving the puzzles. The people whose hands were restrained, as well as those who chose not to gesture (even when allowed), … Continue reading

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