Category Archives: I-Self-Me

Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are facts

“Now a team led by Michael Gilead at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev report in Social Psychological and Personality Science that they have found evidence of rapid and involuntarily mental processes that kick-in whenever we encounter opinions we agree with, […]” “The key … Continue reading

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Old people can produce as many new brain cells as teenagers

“Old age may have its downsides, but losing the ability to grow new brain cells isn’t one: healthy people in their seventies seem to produce just as many new neurons as teenagers. The discovery overturns a decades-old theory about how … Continue reading

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Study Finds Night Owls Are More At Risk Of Early Death: Other Problems Linked To Evening Persons

Link article Tech Times

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New Study: Your Face Tells If You Own A Fleet Of Luxurious Cars

“When researchers asked subjects to determine the socio-economic class of people their faces, subjects were correct 68 percent of times. This figure is considerably higher than predictions made randomly.” […] “Though subjects were not aware of how they were determining … Continue reading

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Dancing Could Counteract Age-Related Decline

  “A study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience investigated the effects of an 18-month dancing intervention and traditional health fitness training on volumes of hippocampal subfields and balance abilities. The research finds that dancing seems a promising intervention for both … Continue reading

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How Hidden Social Contexts Influence Your Genetics

“A 2017 study explored this question, albeit with mice. Researchers paired mice together, punching holes in their ears, and tracked the rate of recovery. They found that the genome of a cagemate affected how fast their ears healed. Benjamin Domingue, … Continue reading

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Rubber hand illusion: An illusory embodied fake hand induced spontaneous imitative movements

Abstract “In the rubber hand illusion (RHI), individuals perceive a fake hand as their own when the hidden real hand and visible fake hand are synchronously stroked. Several RHI studies have reported that visual manipulation of the embodied fake hand … Continue reading

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“I-Sharing”

“This paper reviews research on a specific form of shared reality, called I-sharing. • I-sharing refers to those moments when people believe they have the same in-the-moment experience as another person. • I-sharing is especially potent and has interpersonal and intergroup … Continue reading

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The Power of Negative Thinking

“Can our expectations for the future change how we remember the past? According to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, they can—we remember unpleasant experiences more negatively if we expect to endure them again. Researchers at … Continue reading

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Neuropsychoanalysis in the Scanner, Part 2 – Siegel and discussion

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Vittorio Gallese, Part 1:From Mirror Neurons to Embodied Simulation-Neuropsychoanalysis Lecture Series

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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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VIRTUALLY YOU The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality (Book review, in NYT)

“Humanity is migrating to cyberspace. […] Elias Aboujaoude, a Silicon Valley psychiatrist, finds this alarming. In “Virtually You,” he argues that the Internet is unleashing our worst instincts. It connects you to whatever you want: gambling, overspending, sex with strangers. … Continue reading

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Lacanian psychoanalysis

“Jaques Lacan was a French psychoanalyst who reconceptualized Freud using post-structuralism. Lacan rejected attempts to link psychoanalysis with social theory, saying ‘the unconscious is the discourse of the Other’ — that human passion is structured by the desire of others … Continue reading

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Self-control in childhood predicts health and wealth in adulthood (Study)

“Thanks to their unique study, Moffit and Caspi have found that children who show high levels of self-control within their first decade of life do better in adulthood. Even after accounting for things like intelligence and social class, those who … Continue reading

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People aren’t born afraid of spiders and snakes: Fear is quickly learned during infancy (Study)

“..Susan Mineka’s research (from Northwestern University) shows that monkeys that are raised in the lab aren’t afraid of snakes, but they’ll learn to fear snakes much more readily than flowers or rabbits. The authors of the Current Directions in Psychological … Continue reading

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Facebook: Five studies dealing with FB (collection of abstracts and links)

Facebook and MySpace: Complement or Substitute for Face-to-Face Interaction? Kujath CL. (Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2010 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print]) “The present study hypothesized that this type of communication is not a substitute for face-to-face interaction; rather, that … Continue reading

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“And I’m telling you you’re dead” (Study)

“Two delusional patients who believed that friends and relatives had died, despite them being around to prove otherwise, are described in an amazing 2005 journal article from the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.” Study: “Odysseus syndrome: nihilism by proxy” P. … Continue reading

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College Students Are Less Empathic Than Generations Past

“…we are producing the most narcissistic “Generation Me” in history. […] A study of 14,000 college students found that today’s young people are 40 % less empathetic than college kids from 30 years ago. […] Researchers analyzed data from studies … Continue reading

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Washing Away Your Sins: Threatened Morality and Physical Cleansing

(Chen-Bo Zhong and Katie Liljenquist) “[…] In three studies, we explored what we call the “Macbeth effect”—that is, a threat to one’s moral purity induces the need to cleanse oneself. […] Daily hygiene routines such as washing hands, as simple … Continue reading

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