Essential Reads

Why Do Brain Injuries Look Like ADHD?

Are ADHD and brain injuries linked, or do they just look similar?

Hallucinated Happiness

Imagination doesn’t make it so.

Why Does Misinformation Continue to Affect Thinking?

Information known to be false can still affect your thinking.

User's Manual for the Male Brain

Three excerpts that will help you get more enjoyment from the device

Recent Posts on Cognition

The Effect of Unconscious Associations on Visitors’ Behavior

Our thoughts and behavior are not under our intentional control, but are instead widely influenced by environmental factors. These automatic processes have a fundamental implication to our behavior in general as to our online behavior.

Through the Looking Glass: Unqualified Candidates Poll Well

In Wonderland, persons who have never served in public office are viewed as best qualified to serve in public office.

Feeling Exhausted and Overwhelmed?

Feeling exhausted and run-down? The answer may be closer than you think.

Movies in Mind: Our Addiction to the Screen

By studying the allure of movies, we can learn much about how the mind works.

Schizophrenia and Its Treatment

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 07, 2015 Hide and Seek
What does the future hold?

Bilingual Minds, Bilingual Bodies

It has been known for some time that the minds of bilinguals adjust to the linguistic and conceptual demands of different languages. Could it also be that their bodies differ in the way they process emotions and actions?

Feeding the Adolescent Brain

As a parent myself, I know first-hand the challenges that can arise as a child faces adolescence. Paying attention in school, staying alert and focused throughout the day, and retaining the information taught is increasingly important for teens as they prepare for tests, college prep and a professional career.

Can Dogs Learn Word Meanings by Just Watching and Listening?

Both dogs and human children learn language through simple observation — without the need for rewards for each word they learn.

Why Do Brain Injuries Look Like ADHD?

What you should know about the similarities and differences between brain injury and ADHD.

The Human-Robot Interface

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 The Human Beast
The digital revolution is about to steal most people's jobs as artificial intelligence does our work ever more efficiently. What about caring for children and the elderly? If these tasks are soon to be taken on by robots, what will the interface look like? How will interacting with robots affect us?

Reinvent You: The Third Manifesto.

Just about everyone is trying to change their life. Reinventing yourself is becoming essential. The world wants minds and lives to be changed. Reinvention is as necessary as breathing, clean water, and staying healthy.

Do You Feel Like a Failure? 4 Things You Should Do

By Peg Streep on October 06, 2015 Tech Support
Taking a close look at why some people recover from failure, and others don't, and what you can do to help yourself.

Psychosis and Resistance to Taking Medications

Why do schizophrenics discontinue their medications? Often, this is done for delusional reasons, based on the fact that meds are only partially effective. Incomplete effectiveness of medication and the punitive aspects of psychosis allow for confusion regarding the causes of psychosis, further motivated by desperation of the schizophrenic to find relief.

Preventing Regret

What people tend to regret the most near the end of their lives is that they have not been more compassionate, loving, and supportive to those they love. A presage of this kind of regret comes with the untimely death of a loved one. The common self-doubt, even in relationships that were very close and loving, is something like: “Did she really know how much I loved her?”

Hallucinated Happiness

If only imagination could sustain our happiness! Alas, we remain shackled to reality. Examples of continued attempts to psych ourselves into happiness – or others into unhappiness – range from the entertaining to the disturbing.

Because Someone’s Got to Do It: How to Be a Critical Thinker

Why it's good to resist the allure of black and white thinking, single sources of information, and conversations only with persons who always absolutely agree with you.

The Power of Talk

By Lydia Denworth on October 01, 2015 Brain Waves
What is the best way to nurture a child's brain? The answer is simpler than you think.

Nurse Literally Feels Your Pain

By Maureen Seaberg on October 01, 2015 Sensorium
Mirror-touch synesthete medical professionals are the new rock stars of the bonus senses set...

How does childhood trauma affect the adult brain?

What is the affect of negative childhood experiences on the adult brain?

Why Does Misinformation Continue to Affect Thinking?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Ulterior Motives
Vaccination for childhood diseases like Measles and Whooping Cough was one of the most significant public health victories of the second half of the 20th century. When I was in elementary school in the 1970s, these diseases had been relegated to the past.

The Best Way to Process Big Data Is Unconsciously

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Brain Wise
The conscious mind can handle only a small subset of data at one time, but the unconscious is great at taking in large amounts of data and finding patterns. If you want to see the patterns in big data, you have to engage the unconscious.

Five Reasons iPads Should NOT Be In Classrooms

By Susan Greenfield Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Mind Change
There is growing backlash against iPads in the classroom, as there remains no evidence that they help learning, and some experts even argue they could have a negative effect.

God, Mathematics and Psychology

By Mario D Garrett PhD on September 30, 2015 iAge
This discussion focuses on psychology and the philosophy of mathematics and will contribute nothing to mathematical thought. Its aim is to introduce mathematics as a creation of psychology. Sophisticated, complex and ever evolving, but nevertheless psychology.

The Hidden Agenda Behind 21st Century Learning

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 30, 2015 Mental Wealth
High-stakes testing, obsessive data collection, and lofty promises of technology’s potential to “revolutionize” education are contributing to alarming amounts of school-based screen-time—without regard for screens’ numerous impacts on learning and mental health. Teacher and public education advocate Tara Ehrcke describes the deceptive web behind 21st Century Learning.

Does a Dog's Body Language Tell Us How Much He Has Learned?

You can read a dog's body language — specifically his mouth, eyes, ear position, and tail carriage and wagging — to learn whether he has learned an obedience task well.

Students: Microaggression and Trigger-Warnings

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 Beyond Good and Evil
Folie à Plusieurs in the 21st Century!

The Sources of Fear Perception

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Science of Choice
The development and maintenance of anxiety is jointly determined by the relative strength of emotional brain and cognitive capacity to control unwanted responses.

Thinking Is Hard

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 One Among Many
We experience ourselves as thinking creatures, and our thinking seems to matter for our actions. Why, however, is thinking so hard?

Political Correctness Gone Mad

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Beyond Good and Evil
The thinking we do when we don't think about the thinking we do: microaggressions and trigger-warnings:

People Read Only 60% Of An Online Article

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Brain Wise
How much of these Psychology Today articles, or any articles are you actually reading? New data shows that the most people read is 60%, and that you can't assume that if people shared an article that they actually read it.