Getting Into the Heads of Actors When They Are In Character

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Somatic Symptoms Dissociative Disorders.

Description: If you watched Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker in The Dark Knight (Batman) film you saw an amazing piece of acting – of method acting. Ledger was a method actor meaning that he got into his character by essentially becoming the Joker and, it is said, stayed there on and off set throughout… Read more »

Symtoms that are “In Your Head” can be Very Real

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Description: What would you think if you went to the emergency at your local hospital with intense stomach pain and were told after examination that they could find nothing wrong with you and that maybe the pain was “just in your head”? Does that mean you are crazy (to use the technical term)? Well the… Read more »

Think About Psychological Contagion

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Description: For this blog entry I would like to suggest that you do things in a very specific order. First, click on each of the news coverage links below and read what each of them has to say about a news event that occurred in Calgary in early November, 2015. After you’ve looked at the… Read more »

What goes on on your brain when you are not there? Induced out of body experiences

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Description: Have you heard of anyone having an out of body experience? Well this article describes how some researchers produced the subjective experience of an out of body experience while people were in an MRI scanner to the researchers could see what parts of the participants’ brains were involved in the pout of body sensations…. 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 »

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 »