Speed Reading: Resource for Beleaguered Students or Marketing Hype?

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Description: It is heading towards another exam time (of course it is!) and you are swamped with reading – maybe if you took a speed reading course your life would become manageable! Well, as we say in Psychology, how about looking to see if there is any data on the efficacy of that sort of… Read more »

Is Common Sense a Problem?

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Language-Thought.

Description: It is quite common for those talking about the nature of human rationality to point out that a number of the shortcuts or heuristics that we use in analyzing information that the world is presenting us may in fact lead us in the direction of making decisions that are ultimately less rational. This review… Read more »

Additional Hippocampal Function?

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Description: What part(s) of our brain are actively involved when we have to resolve conflicts like deciding when it is safe to cross a traffic filled street? Well, it may be that the hippocampus, known to be involved in memory processing, is also involved in resolving action conflicts. Source: Science Daily: Memory region of the… Read more »

Body Language: Paying Attention from the Top

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Description: What can we learn about how we are being perceived or received by paying attention to the head movements and related gestures of the people we are interacting with? Perhaps more than we are aware of. Source: Psych-Mechanics: Hanan Parvez  (Link below) Date: April 13, 2015 Photo Credit: http://www.psychmechanics.com/2015/04/body-language-gestures-of-head-and-neck.html Links http://www.psychmechanics.com/2015/04/body-language-gestures-of-head-and-neck.html Study Body Language Website:… Read more »

Analyzing Shakespeare: Authorial Psychology

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Description: The characters in Shakespeare’s plays from the increasingly dementia ridden King Lear to the suicidal Hamlet (the melancholy Dane) have provided a LOT for us to consider from a Psychological perspective. But what can Psychology tell us about Shakespeare? Or more specifically, what can an analysis of Shakespeare’s writing style tell us about the… 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 »