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The end of 2010 fast approaches, and I'm thrilled to have been asked by the editors of Psychology Today to write about the Top 10 psychology studies of the year. I've focused on studies that I personally feel stand out, not only as examples of great science, but even more importantly, as examples of how the science of psychology can improve our lives.
Ever miss your daily cup of coffee and subsequently get a pounding headache?
The question is, What is going on in your brain when you look at a painting "aesthetically"? Or why don't we touch things in museums?
Psychology is the study of the human mind and mental processes in relation to human behaviors - human nature. Due to its subject matter, psychology is not considered a 'hard' science, even though psychologists do experiment and publish their findings in respected journals.
The Rosenhan experiment was a famous experiment into the validity of psychiatric diagnosis , conducted by psychologist David Rosenhan and published by the journal Science in 1973 under the title " On being sane in insane places ". [ 1 ] The study is considered an important and influential criticism of psychiatric diagnosis. [ 2 ]
Fooling the brain so one experiences the world as either doll- or giant-size a la "Alice in Wonderland" is the latest trick from a mind-bending cadre of scientists in Sweden. These findings help reveal how our bodies can influence how we perceive the world around us, and down the line, could lead to mind-controlled robotics . Looking glass To start with, volunteers lied down wearing video displays on their heads that made them see the bodies of the mannequins of various sizes, from about 1 to 13 feet (30 centimeters to 4 meters) tall. As the volunteers looked down at "their bodies," they saw these mannequins get repeatedly poked in the leg with a rod; at the same time, their real bodies got prodded in the same place.