Interested in almost anything Senada started this science “blog” towards the end of her psychology studies (2010/2011) out of practical reasons: She wanted to park interesting, category-crossing, inspiring and “unusual” (topic-wise) articles somewhere. After graduation, she neglected this virtual space here – and stopped posting science findings.
Yet, in 2018, “out of the blue” – the interest in feeding this little place here grew and SCIENCE pickings became alive again!
Senada’s main interests are (still) to be found in the fields of social and clinical psychology as well as cognitive neuroscience – mainly in connection with philosophical, spiritual, para-normal and future topics and questions, like for example
* Space: Inner and outer one. Personal one. Is the living room/home reflecting the inner space and how? When does a room feel “right” for a person? Why has a particular furniture to stand where it stands in the room, in order to be considered
at the right spot? Is the house’s cellar the physical representation of the person’s subconsiousness and the roof “somehow” the Über-Ich? Does feng shui hold up to science? etc.
* The congruent and consistent Self or I: A person is permanently changing –
not only physically (cell divisions/complete cell replenishment after days) but also in its thinking (content) and judging (style) over time – dependent (partially) of the surrounding. Nevertheless, we perceive ourselves permanently as a congruent and also over time consistent ME or Self. Which mechanisms (neurocognitive and societal ones for example) are involved in creating and maintaining a congruent ME or Self? Where, under which circumstances and why is a deviation of being-oneself experienced? How are feelings of self-deviations being embedded in the concept of Self afterwards?
* Symbols and myths: General interest in the readings, interpretation and findings of
C. G. Jung, M. Eliade and J. Campbell (for example).
* Human computer interaction/cyber psychology/AI: How are computer and modern technologies influencing society (as a whole) and the individual? What psychological consequences does the fast technological progress deliver? Is Kurzweil’s suggestion of Synchronicity possible? Why are people afraid of robots? Can certain aspects of this particular fear (in the sense of a defense mechanism) be “used” for/in a person’s therapy (e.g.)?
* Social media – and e-learning: How can the whole field of (e-)learning through the net be improved – VR use and developements? How are FB, twitter etc. changing interaction between people? How does influencing happen online? How will social media change the way people participate in politics? On the basis of which information are impressions formed? What does it take to form a revolt online? What pictures/text passages (choice of words) etc. have to be combined in order to “activate” and manipulate others? etc.
* The constructing/construction of reality: Are we all dreaming reality? How are the particular subjective worlds connected with each other? And how does neuroscience help understand and (try to) answer questions in this field?
* Dreams: Why is the “awake-I” not automatically informed about the cruises of the “sleeping-I”, i. e. why are we (normally) forgetting the content of the 3-4 dreams we have each night? What is the logic between the dreams (between people but also between the singular dreams of one person)? Dream researcher have collected “millions” of dreams over the last few decades: Are there dreams among them which “predicted” (individual or collective) future event(s)? How is space (distances, colouring etc.) being perceived in dreams? Neuronal correlates?
* Embodiment: The body-and-thinking-loop or connection:
– Holding a hot cup of coffee or being in a comfortably heated room warms a person’s feelings toward strangers.
– Striking an open, expansive “power pose” prompts people to make bolder decisions.
– Wearing a heavy backpack makes hills look steeper.
– A water bottle looks closer when you are thirsty.
– Moving objects upward versus downward speeds recall for positive versus negative memories.
– Sitting on a hard chair turns mild-mannered undergraduates into hard-headed negotiators.
– Peoples’ profile pictures seen on the upper half of a computer screen are judged “better/nicer” + these people were attributed “higher virtues”.
Why do we apply the up=good and low=not so good metaphor in real life (not knowingly)? Is the one the consequence or the reason for the other? etc.
Then ja! — Have fun and find maybe some inspiration yourself.