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People who lash out first in personal relationships do so because they lack hope

If you’ve ever terminated a relationship—a romance, a friendship, a business partnership—to avoid being dumped or hung out to dry, you’re not alone. Many relationships unravel precisely because individuals worry about being left behind and preemptively decide to call it quits. As it turns out, our …

Psychology

The mathematics of mind-time

The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futures<i>By Karl Friston</i>Read at Aeon

This unique theory suggests that consciousness is a byproduct of entropy

It’s the second law of thermodynamics, one of the essential rules of the physical universe, everything is infused with a particle of chaos, and that …

Consciousness

Study reveals for first time that cognitive-behavior therapy changes the brain's wiring

A new study from King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has shown for the first time that cognitive behaviour …

Mental Health

Evolution Made Really Smart People Long to Be Loners

Psychologists have a pretty good idea of what typically makes a human happy. Dancing delights us. Being in nature brings us joy. And, for most …

Psychology

Cognitive therapy more effective than medication in treating social anxiety disorders, study finds

“We’ve set a new world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorders,” says Hans M. Nordahl, a professor of behavioural medicine at the …

Humans can now move complex robot arms just by thinking

Most robotic arm systems required a very complex and very invasive brain implant… until now. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new system that requires only a sexy helmet and a bit of thinking, paving the way to truly mind-controlled robotic tools.<p>“This is the first time in …

Robotics

Studies: One Dose of "Psilocybin" from Magic Mushrooms Relieves Depression and Anxiety in 80% of Cancer Patients

The largest studies to date, by arguably the most respected institutions up to this point, show that <b>psilocybin</b>, a compound within "magic mushrooms", …

What your brain looks like on God: spiritual experience triggers same areas as sex and gambling

Religious and spiritual experiences activate the same brain reward circuits as love, sex, gambling and drugs, a new study shows.<p>Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine scanned the brains of 19 Mormons when they were reading religious texts and reported feeling 'close to the spirit.'<p>…

8 Reasons Why People Suffering from Anxiety Struggle with Relationships

People suffering from anxiety face many difficulties in all spheres of life, including relationships.<p>About 40 million people – or <b>18 percent of the</b> …

Why Power Women Are Micro-Dosing LSD at Work

It's a different type of career high.<p>Karen Smith has a lot on her mind. The 32-year-old lives in Chicago, where, after working for tech startups abroad for 10 years, she moved last year with her husband to attend a graduate program in data science. On top of her academic studies, Smith works 10 to …

What Does the Way Your Mind Wanders Reveal about You?

During downtime, some of us daydream while others might focus on a to-do list, or get stuck in a negative loop. Psychology has traditionally defined …

Kinky sex lifts our consciousness into a heightened state of “flow,” according to a new study

American health and sex journalist Michael Castleman has compared BDSM to the child’s game of “trust,” when one child stands in front of another and falls backward, waiting to be caught. It’s a bonding experience, Castleman says, “When the falling player trusts the catcher enough to let go …

Research

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31 Psychological Defense Mechanisms Explained

In our last article, <i>Defense Mechanisms: Psychological Techniques We Use to Cope With Anxieties</i>, we looked at the way in which the psyche deals with …

Scientists Say They've Identified The Physical Source of Depression in The Brain

Depression isn't just 'all in your head'.<p>The region of the brain that serves as the physical source of feelings of depression has been identified, …

Mental Disorders

How Does Molecular Action In The Brain Make Thoughts?

I start with a remarkable quote:<p>"The passage from the physics of the brain to the corresponding facts of consciousness is unthinkable. Granted that a definite thought, and a definite molecular action in the brain occur simultaneously, we do not possess the intellectual organ, nor apparently any …

Consciousness

Having sex increases spirituality and 'makes people more likely to believe in God'

Hormones released while having sex can increase spirituality and belief in God, scientists have claimed.<p>According to the research, the release of …

You Can't Always Trust Your Own Thoughts, And This Terrifying Chart Shows Why

Here’s the newest guide for learning about cognitive biases and debugging your brain.<p>The human brain has been sculpted over the course of millions of years of evolution, so you’d think it’s been debugged pretty well.<p>But it’s still left with so many mental glitches.<p>Just take a look at this …

Newly Discovered Neural Connections May Be Linked to Emotional Decision Making

<i>Summary: Researchers have discovered connections withing the brain that appear to form a communication pathway between areas that control decision</i> …

Neuroscience

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The Extraordinary Link Between Deep Neural Networks and the Nature of the Universe - MIT Technology Review

In the last couple of years, deep learning techniques have transformed the world of artificial intelligence. One by one, the abilities and techniques …

Consciousness and Downward Causation

For many people, the phenomenon of consciousness is the best evidence we have that there must be something important missing in our basic physical …

Clues to your personality appeared before you could talk

Long before you could express yourself with words, you were giving away the signs of your adult temperament. Christian Jarrett explains how.<p>Your personality has been sculpted by many hands. Your genes, your friends, the schools you attended, plus many other factors, will all have played a part in …

Reducing Cognitive Overload For A Better User Experience

The best user experience is the one the user doesn’t notice. It appears smooth and simple on the surface, but hundreds of crucial design decisions …

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Physicists Say Consciousness Might Be a State of Matter — NOVA Next | PBS

It’s not enough to have a brain. Consciousness—a hallmark of humans, mammals, birds, and even octopuses—is that mysterious force that makes all those …