Intelligence and Age: The Relationship May Be More Complex Than We Thought

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Description: Does intelligence decline or increase with age? Turns out this may be too simple a hypothesis. Recent research, discussed in this article, suggests that different parts of our brain function optimally at different points over the life cycle. As a consequence the pattern of the relationship between age and intelligence, when looked at in… Read more »

“Felt Presence” Experiences: Who or What is There?

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Description: Ever had the feeling that you were not alone when you really were alone? Psychologists are curious about what drives such “Third Man” or “felt presences” experiences. Rather than dismissing such experiences as impossible hocus pocus, psychological researchers and neuroscientists believe that understanding such experiences will likely add to our understanding of the functioning… Read more »

Good Soldier or Good Actor? Can Supervisors spot the brown-nosers?

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Description: Can supervisors tell the difference between workers who are actually trying to help the company or team enterprise and which ones are just sucking up to gain favour and proportion? This study examined that question directly to see if supervisors could tell the difference between good soldiers (selflessly deserving of rewards) or good actors… Read more »

Smartphone Addiction? Potential Disorders have Proliferated like Rabbits

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Description: Saying someone is “addicted” to something is quite a common statement. People are said to be addicted to work, to sex, or to their smart phones or to the Internet. Are these sorts of “addictions” real? These articles have a look at this question. Sources: http://www.her.ie/life/are-you-addicted-to-your-smartphone-here-are-the-signs/222052 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719452/ Date: Released March 6, 2015 Photo Source:… Read more »

Artistic examination of Dementia (and Lots of King Lears!)

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Description: Aside from the neurological research work going into trying to figure out the brain based changes that are associated with the onset of dementia (Alzheimer’s etc.) we often wonder what the experience of such disorders would be like. There has been a recent explosion of artistic work (film, stage books etc.) examining the personal… Read more »

The Imagination Game: Alan Turing

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Description: The film The Imitation Game features the seriously talented Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing an unlikely British Second World War hero. From his signs of being somewhere along the Autism Spectrum Disorder Continuum (DSM-5) intellectual genius, his challenges with social interaction, and to his development of the Turing test (of either computer intelligence or… Read more »

Shopping When Hungry (BUT not for food!)

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Description: Food shopping when hungry leads to more food buying (no surprise there) but doing ANY type of shopping when hungry may well lead to more buying. Source: Health Day (US news) Date: February 20, 2015 photo from the Us New Article Online Links:     Article Link – http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/02/20/hungry-in-the-department-store-your-spending-may-rise I suspect you have heard that… Read more »

Brain Stimulation Produces Day Dreaming AND Enhanced Problem Solving

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Description: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation involves stimulating a person’s brain with a mild electric current. What happens if the frontal lobes of people’s brains are stimulated while they are working on problems. Source: Science Daily Date: February 23, 2015 Links:     Article Link – Bar-Ilan University. “Neuroscientists literally change the way we think: Advantages of… Read more »

February 22 to 29 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

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Description: Look over the list of facts regarding eating disorders on the National (American) Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders website for an overview of issues arising from these disorders then watch the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) Video and go to the NEDA site and find out some of the things you… Read more »

Introverts and Extroverts: Determinants of Your Personality Type

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Description: Listen to this piece from the CBC radio program “The Current” that provides general account of how Personality types and theories actually map onto us and the world around us. Source: CBC Radio – The Current Date: December 23, 2014 Photo from the CBC The Current website Introverts and Extroverts: Determinants of Your Personality… Read more »