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2009-07-16 11:17:54

How well do you know yourself? It's a question many of us struggle with, as we try to figure out how close we are to who we actually want to be. In a new report in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, psychologist Timothy D. Wilson from the University of Virginia describes theories behind self-knowledge (that is, how people form beliefs about themselves), cites challenges psychologists encounter while studying it, and offers ways we...

2009-07-14 07:00:00

LOS ANGELES, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark Russell Bell has started a new blog to help readers find noteworthy sources of information relating to metaphysical and spiritual topics. A link to the blog may be found at http://www.testament.org. He observed, "My new blog is for anyone interested in considering diverse aspects of spiritual and metaphysical thought. My first fourteen posts have covered a variety of illuminating subjects." In his first blog post on April 26, Bell wrote: "There...

2009-07-07 12:00:00

CARDIFF, Calif., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jedi Mind, Inc. (Pink Sheets: JEDM), CEO, Brent Fouch was interviewed this week by Tom Allinder of HotStockChat.com (http://www.HotStockChat.com). The Company is taking a pro-active approach to make the general public as well as the investment community aware of the revolutionary technology being developed by Jedi Mind, Inc. HotStockChat.com is a well respected financial portal focusing on small cap stocks poised for significant growth. The...

2009-06-25 07:25:00

NEW YORK, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- How does one distill 15 billion years of history -- the approximate time it took to make those crafty intelligent animals commonly known as Homo sapiens -- into a manuscript of roughly 400 pages in length? Like any journey, "Myths and Realities" starts at the beginning. John Whedbee's "Myths and Realities" (published by iUniverse) is an amazing discourse on the origin and nature of the human animal, offering an insightful view and discussion of mankind's...

2009-06-24 12:17:40

U.S. scientists have determined neural noise may cause a person to miss important changes in the environment. The research was conducted by Vanderbilt University postdoctoral researcher Sam Ling and Professor Randolph Blake. We found that when the brain actively ignores the presence of an object in the environment, it does so in a way that weakens and degrades residual information about that object, Ling said. We found the brain's neural representation of an object outside your window of...

2009-06-19 13:01:36

Neural "noise" may cause you to miss important changes in your environment when you are concentrating on something else, new research indicates. The research by Sam Ling, a postdoctoral researcher in Vanderbilt University's Psychology Department, and Randolph Blake, Centennial Professor of Psychology, is currently in press at Psychological Science. "We found that when the brain actively ignores the presence of an object in the environment, it does so in a way that weakens and degrades...

2009-06-15 16:37:56

High levels of brain energy are required to maintain consciousness, a finding which suggests a new way to understand the properties of this still mysterious state of being, Yale University researchers report.At its simplest, consciousness can be defined as the ability to respond meaningfully to external stimuli. Most studies of consciousness have used imaging technology to try to pinpoint areas of brain activity during tasks such as memorization or problem solving.There are two problems with...

2009-06-15 14:38:10

Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a cognitive shortcut, or heuristic, they call "Unit Bias," which causes people to ignore vital, obvious information in their decision-making process, points to a fundamental flaw in the modern, evolved mind and may also play a role in the American population's 30 years of weight gain.Researchers who focus on the cognitive aspects that contribute to obesity conducted several studies with college-age participants in which the...

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2009-05-06 08:29:46

Research published in this month's "Psychological Science" is first to demonstrate this A new study out of the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a moderate dose of alcohol increases a person's mind wandering, while at the same time reducing the likelihood of noticing that one's mind has wandered. The paper, titled "Lost in the Sauce: The Effects of Alcohol on Mind Wandering," explores this phenomenon and is published in this month's issue of "Psychological Science." The study provides...

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2009-05-02 10:35:00

Dolphins have an uncanny ability to maintain a constant 24-hour vigilance without sacrificing rest or mental acumen. Because of their need to always be aware of their surroundings and protect themselves from potential predators, dolphins are able to let one side of their brain sleep while the other remains perfectly conscious and acutely aware for days at a time. Sam Ridgway from the US Navy Marine Mammal Program and his colleagues from San Diego and Tel Aviv set out to test two dolphins over...