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

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

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

How to Find the Key to Your Own Happiness

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“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be” 

Abraham Lincoln

Books have been written, films have been filmed and lives have been lived all in search for the subtle “happiness”. Actually there is a connection between our happiness and our general well-being, which was proven scientifically. Since we are creatures of survival, it feels comfortable to search for the things that make us feel good and at the same time have a positive effect on our overall well-being. We feel healthier, we become healthier, and we live longer. Continue reading

Men and Women Have Different Dreams

men women dreamsDifferences between male and female thinking such as, for example, logical thinking of men and heightened intuition of women, cause ongoing debate in society.

It turned out that men and women behave differently even in dreams. Thanks to the recent extensive research experts have found out that when men have nightmares they tend to see different kinds of disasters: floods, earthquakes, tsunamis. Also they are often chased by flock of birds and swarms of insects. Continue reading

Exploring the Mystery of Intuition

intuitionIntuition is full of temptations. How can we keep from trying to explain something that came out of nowhere to solve a problem as something that was “sent down from above”?

Intuition is often referred to as “readily available knowledge“, which has the property to “suddenly” appear in the head of an individual. But we often fail to take into account the fact that we have long been preoccupied with solving this problem.

How it works

Intuition is viewed as a method to attain philosophical knowledge, ability to perceive information, the method of decision-making in critical situations, and ability to successfully deal with the situation during uncertainty, and also as an instinct. With such an extensive activity context, it is necessary to clarify that “intuition” is primarily a cognitive process. However, it does not work the way we are accustomed to think: when thinking process leads to intuitive response. This process follows “different rules”: Continue reading

Do Animals Have Conscious Mind?

animal consciousnessThe problem of consciousness still remains confusing and is divided not so much among academic schools, but according to their philosophical approaches. What is it all about when we talk about consciousness? Is it a necessary part of complex cognitive processes of understanding the world? Are there different types, forms and levels of development of consciousness? Do animals have consciousness?

In fact, the mystery surrounding the last question is gradually dissipating as more and more features we are accustomed to assign to human thinking and human consciousness can be found in animals. And quite often, these animals are not chimpanzees or orangutans similar to humans. These can be wolves, dogs and even parrots.

Autists: A distinct level

Professor Temple Grandin, a prominent scientific figure in the world, is the main character of a bestseller “Anthropologist on Mars” by an equally famous neurologist Oliver Sacks. Professor Grandin is an autist and an expert in animal behavior. The unique combination of these qualities allowed her to hypothesize that Continue reading

Mind-Blowing Experiment That Shows How the Mind Affects the Body

mind body effectIn this article I will show you a small, simple experiment that anyone can do to see with his own eyes how the mind affects the body. We all know the most famous principle of quantum physics which states that the observer affects the observed. There are thousands of books and articles on how the mind generates almost all diseases in our body.

With this simple experiment you will see what happens in life or, in particular, how the quality of your thoughts is implemented in your body.

Let’s begin…
Close your eyes… make some deep breaths and relax your body. If you have never performed any form of relaxation techniques before, then you can use your breath. Focus on your breathing and notice how your body expands during inhalation and how it contracts during exhalation. It is very likely that after about 10 cycles of breaths you will be relaxed enough.

If this has not happened sufficiently, you can relax your body “manually”. Focus your attention on the bottom of your feet and visualize that with each inhalation you get golden light, which goes to your feet, and with each exhalation the tension is removed from your feet. Do as many cycles as necessary until you feel completely relaxed, and then proceed to Continue reading

Déjà vu: the Games of Subconscious Mind

subconscious-mindDeja vu is not an illusion, it is something that you have already experienced in your unconscious fantasies. Believe if you will, or do not believe it. This was already mentioned a hundred years ago by the “great and terrible” Freud, and many subsequent studies have only confirmed his hypothesis.

The phenomenon called deja vu is the feeling of something “already experienced” and, according to Freud, is remembrance of an unconscious fantasy. And since this fantasy is never conscious, during a deja vu moment it is impossible to “recall” something that seems to have already been already perceived.

These strange dreams

We begin with a bit of explanation. Along with the conscious fantasies, unconscious fantasies can exist, they are simply called daydreaming. Commonly, they express Continue reading

Your Subconscious Mind Can Do Anything: How to Use Its Power

power of subconscious mindThe most important thing about the subconscious mind you need to know is that it is always “on”. That is, it is active day and night, regardless of whether you are doing. The subconscious mind controls your body. You cannot hear this silent inner process with your conscious effort. You need to start taking care of your subconscious mind. It is vital to maintain your mind in a state of expectation of only good events and make the usual mode of your thinking based solely on loyalty, justice and love.

Faith and belief are the foundation of the subconscious. Do not forget that “you will be rewarded according to your faith”.

A Protestant minister who suffered from lung cancer wrote about his methods of transferring thoughts of perfect health into his subconscious mind: “Two or three times a day, I put my body and soul in a relaxed state, repeating these words: “My feet are completely relaxed, my legs are relaxed. Right now my stomach muscles are relaxing. My heart is beating quietly, my breathing is calm and relaxed. My head is completely relaxed, my whole body is completely relaxed and calm.” After about five minutes, when I got into a drowsy, sleepy state, I repeated: Continue reading