FAB: a Psychological Trick That Affects Our Memories

brain trick memoryIt is said that the experience and lessons we learn are useful for our future course, but psychologists argue that this applies only if you remember the right things!

New study published in the journal Memory suggests that it is more likely to remember pleasant events of the past and we memorize most negative experiences by giving them a pleasant note.

This phenomenon is called «Fading Affect Bias» (FAB). In simple words, it means that our emotions affect our memories. Continue reading

7 Reasons to Get More Music in Your Life

music benefits

The beneficial functions of music are not limited only to the level of fun. Read how else it can do good for you.

Music does not need translation and it is addressed to all the people worldwide. It brings us pleasure, relaxes us, makes us dance, laugh and cry. However, the beneficial features of music are not limited only to the level of having fun.

Here are seven reasons – some of which we could not even imagine – showing us how important the music is and how it improves the quality of our lives. Continue reading

Occasional Use of Cannabis Affects Brain Regions Responsible for Emotions and Motivation

marijuana brainYoung adults who smoke marijuana (cannabis) from time to time may experience significant changes in two key areas of the brain, which play an important role in emotions and motivations. This is what is stated by a new U.S. scientific research, which, at the same time, does not lead to any definitive conclusion as to how harmful this substance is in small to moderate quantities.
This is the first study that shows that there may be consequences even for the occasional marijuana users, and as the weekly use increases, the possibility of brain damage is rising. Previous studies only found brain lesions in Continue reading

We Do Have a ‘Sixth Sense’ and It Resides in a Particular Brain Region

sixth sense brainWe have a sixth sense. All of us. And it is not the ability we saw in the famous movie with the little guy telling Bruce Willis “I see dead people“. It is the ability to understand and work with numbers. Numerosity is our sixth sense and there is a specific brain region that ‘hosts’ this ability. The results of the study conducted by researchers of Utrecht University in the Netherlands argue that the importance of this ability and the “space” it occupies in our brains are analogous to the other known five senses.

Numerosity as a sense has nothing to do with Continue reading

Spanish Scientists Use Technology to Enhance the Capabilities of the Human Brain

technology brainEveryone has heard that we use about 10% of the capabilities of our brain function. Scientists in a unique workshop in Barcelona, Spain, are working to raise this percentage.

The reason for this is that they want to find a way for the human brain to perform better in the today world, which is filled with information.

Data collection is easy. The hard part is to make sense of them. However, living in a deluge of data, people often cannot cope with complex databases. The researchers are working with sophisticated virtual reality tools in order to Continue reading

What Happens to Your Body and Brain When You Are in Love

love body brainCupid’s arrows are capable to take our breath away, make our hearts break and our minds go mad, support American scientists from the Loyola University.

When you fall in love, your body releases a cascade of chemical euphoria, which trigger specific reactions,” explains Dr. Patricia Mumby of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience of the University. “This inner erotic ‘elixir’ is responsible for the pinkish color in our cheeks, the sweat on our palms and the beat of our hearts,” adds the expert.

The celebration of love

The levels of chemicals such as dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine are responsible for the strong heartbeat and the sweet anxiety that accompanies the experience of love.

According to the experts, MRIs show that sex ‘lightens’ the pleasure centers of the brain. The same brain regions – in which in the case of love-struck there is an increased blood flow – are associated with obsessive compulsive behaviors. Continue reading

Eye Movement Can Reveal Much about Your Personality and Behavior

eyes behavior personalityEveryone knows the saying that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. Now it seems that their relationship with the brain function is proved. The slightest eye movement can reveal information about the personality and behavior of a person, claims a new study.

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University found that rapid eye movements show impatience and inability of self-restraint.

Understanding how the brain perceives the time can explain why the decision-making process is more difficult for people with neurological disorders such as schizophrenia or for people who have suffered a head injury. Continue reading

Sleep Disorders: Is It Possible to Die from Lack of Sleep?

insomniaOddly enough neither the reasons nor the evolutionary origins of sleep are known to science. From the standpoint of nature, sleep is hardly something worthwhile. If a person or animal is sleeping, his mind is ‘turned off’ for several hours. Needless to say, that in this state the chance of being eaten by predators grows significantly.

And yet, some regularities, if not reasons, of sleep were discovered by scientists. It turned out, for example, that adults who sleep 6 to 8 hours are characterized by Continue reading

Sex Stimulates the Brain Function, Say Scientists

sex brain functionScientists from the U.S. and South Korea performed a series of experiments on rats and mice of middle age and came to interesting results.

Researchers at the University of Maryland found that sexual experience stimulates the development of new neurons in the hippocampus, which is responsible for the transition to long-term memory.

Several tests showed that after a series of sexual acts the process of neurogenesis in aging rats accelerated, and their brains actually became younger.

However, the suspension of the process of sexual activity slowed down the process of regenerating neurons and all the improvements in the higher brain functions Continue reading

Learning Strategy Is More Important Than Practice, Claims New Study

learning brainPractice itself will not help you achieve perfection in what you do; the point is to choose the right approach, claim a group of psychologists after having analyzed data from about 850 000 people who were playing the same game online.

The main conclusion of the study, which was recently published in the journal Psychological Science, states that if you want to quickly learn something, you should find the optimal strategy for the task before you start practicing.

Tom Stafford of the University of Sheffield, UK, and Michael Dewar of the R&D lab of The New York Times analyzed the results of 854 064 people in the online game “Axon“. Continue reading