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15 Fascinating Facts on Human Attraction. February 7th, 2011 Look closely at your crush, spouse or significant other.

15 Fascinating Facts on Human Attraction

Does he or she have symmetrical features? A strong jaw? Or even look a little like yourself? The psychology of human attraction is a fascinating field to study, and depends on all kinds of factors, including reproduction, positive association, and more. We love symmetry: Symmetrical features aren't just aesthetically pleasing, they symbolize good genes, healthy development, fertility and a prime mating companion. How To Be Brilliant. Blog & Depth Perception.

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Social Psychology. Neuropsychology. Learning. Intelligence. Disorders. Parenting tips from neuroscience. Linda Geddes, reporter How to Persuade Your Toddler to Eat Spinach might have been a catchier title for this book, which tackles the fascinating subject of child brain development from infancy through to adolescence.

Parenting tips from neuroscience

Written by the former editor of Nature Neuroscience and a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University, Welcome to Your Child's Brain provides an authoritative overview and is also littered with practical tips for parents. Among the advice are insights on how to get your child to sleep (small children quickly associate particular cues with sleep, so establish a regular bedtime routine); improve their vision (children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to be short-sighted, possibly because bright light helps the eyes to develop); and promote the development of obedience and moral behaviour (warm and sensitive parenting produces more obedient children than strict parenting, because these children want to please their parents).

Top 10 Mysteries of the Mind. Improve your Brain Health. How Does the Brain Retain Info? The Consumer Paradox: Scientists Find that Low Self-Esteem and Materialism Goes Hand in Hand. “Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need.”

The Consumer Paradox: Scientists Find that Low Self-Esteem and Materialism Goes Hand in Hand

~From the movie Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk Researchers have found that low self-esteem and materialism are not just a correlation, but also a causal relationship where low self esteem increases materialism, and materialism can also create low self-esteem. The also found that as self esteem increases, materialism decreases.

The study primarily focused on how this relationship affects children and adolescents. Lan Nguyen Chaplin (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and Deborah Roedder John (University of Minnesota) found that even a simple gesture to raise self-esteem dramatically decreased materialism, which provides a way to cope with insecurity. The paradox that findings such as these bring up, is that consumerism is good for the economy but bad for the individual. That funny statement, is only funny because it’s somewhat true. "Be The Difference You Want. Your Brain Knows a Lot More Than You Realize. Meanwhile, a similar story was unfolding oceans away.

Your Brain Knows a Lot More Than You Realize

During World War II, under constant threat of bombings, the British had a great need to distinguish incoming aircraft quickly and accurately. Which aircraft were British planes coming home and which were German planes coming to bomb? Several airplane enthusiasts had proved to be excellent “spotters,” so the military eagerly employed their services. These spotters were so valuable that the government quickly tried to enlist more spotters—but they turned out to be rare and difficult to find. The government therefore tasked the spotters with training others. It was a grim attempt. With a little ingenuity, the British finally figured out how to successfully train new spotters: by trial-and-error feedback. The Knowledge GapThere can be a large gap between knowledge and awareness.

Consider patients with anterograde amnesia, who cannot consciously recall new experiences in their lives. What Douglas experienced is called anosognosia. Stuttering Reflects Irregularities in Brain Setup. Put on a pair of headphones and turn up the volume so that you can’t even hear yourself speak.

Stuttering Reflects Irregularities in Brain Setup

For those who stutter, this is when the magic happens. Without the ability to hear their own voice, people with this speech impediment no longer stumble over their words—as was recently portrayed in the movie The King’s Speech. This simple trick works because of the unusual way the brain of people who stutter is organized—a neural setup that affects other actions besides speech, according to a new study.

Normal speech requires the brain to control movement of the mouth and vocal chords using the sound of the speaker’s own voice as a guide. This integration of movement and hearing typically happens in the brain’s left hemisphere, in a region of the brain known as the premotor cortex. In the new study, published in the September issue of Cortex, re­searchers found that the unusual neural organization underlying a stutter also includes motor tasks completely unrelated to speech.

47 Mind-Blowing Psychology-Proven Facts You Should Know About Yourself. WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPH IS COMMONLY BELIEVED, BUT NOT TRUE – You read by recognizing the shapes of words and groups of words.

47 Mind-Blowing Psychology-Proven Facts You Should Know About Yourself

Words that are in all capital letters all have the same shape: a rectangle of a certain size. This makes words displayed in all uppercase harder to read than upper and lower case (known as “mixed case”). Mixed case words are easier to read because they make unique shapes, as demonstrated by the picture below. OK, NOW THE TRUE STUFF STARTS — When I started this article the topic was supposed to be why all capital letters are harder to read. Like most people with a usability background or a cognitive psychology background, I can describe the research — just what I wrote in the first paragraph above. The research doesn’t exist, or “It’s complicated” — Something happened when I went to find the research on the shape of words and how that is related to all capital letters being harder to read.

Example of fixations and saccades. Psychological facts. One of your facts says that if you dream about someone, it was because they though of you, but I beg to differ.

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Last night I had a dream of me and Austin Powers. (The Mike Meyers character) soooo. yeah. you fail. attention people of the world: stop saying the word “fail” and thinking you’re superior for using a meme from 2004 I don't understand how you're being called a troll for just posting and reblogging facts. I also do not understand why people are spending so much energy saying mean or rude things to you, when if they don't like what you post, they could be looking at a blog that they actually enjoy, or doing something of production. Haha thats a good idea thanks!

I got a lot of hate for simply pointing out the fact that these "facts" aren't true. You act like i care how i “look” i just want to share fun facts with other people i dont care how i look but anyway have fun with your own blog Much love <3 Anonymous. Seven Psychological Principles Con Artists Exploit. Inher­ent human vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties need to be taken into account when design­ing secu­rity systems/processes, sug­gests a study that looks at a dozen con­fi­dence tricks from the UK TV show The Real Hus­tle to deter­mine recur­ring behav­ioural pat­terns con artists use to exploit victims.

Seven Psychological Principles Con Artists Exploit

The study was a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Frank Sta­jano of the Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge Com­puter Lab­o­ra­tory and Paul Wil­son, writer and pro­ducer of the afore­men­tioned TV show (Wil­son was an IT con­sul­tant for twelve years before mov­ing into entertainment). The seven prin­ci­ples of human behav­iour that con artists exploit, accord­ing to the article: The dis­trac­tion prin­ci­ple: While you are dis­tracted by what retains your inter­est, hus­tlers can do any­thing to you and you won’t notice.The social com­pli­ance prin­ci­ple: Soci­ety trains peo­ple not to ques­tion author­ity. Via Schneier on Security. The Double Life of Women. Step into any bar or party and it won't take you long to spot her.

The Double Life of Women

She's the woman with the ringing laugh, the daring clothes, the magnetic appeal that has drawn a circle of admirers around her. If the room were a solar system, she would be the sun—and at the outer reaches, you notice, are several other women seated quietly in her shadow. Why does this woman command all the attention? Psychologists, image experts, and dating advisers propose a host of explanations: It's her extraverted personality, her come-hither look, her approachable persona. But an evolutionary biologist observing the scene would offer a more surprising interpretation, one that may help explain barroom dynamics and much more: It's her "real" time of the month. Not long ago, such an explanation would have been intellectual heresy. Take, for example, women's preferences in male partners.

The influence of the menstrual cycle on women is apparent not only in whom they desire but in how they act. Avoid Distractions! Now! How can we more effectively avoid short-term temptations to achieve long-term goals ?

Avoid Distractions! Now!

Two leading researchers argue that framing our goals with "width" and "consistency" makes a big difference. Ayelet Fishbach (University of Chicago) and Benjamin Converse (University of Virginia) argue that the necessary first step to overcoming temptation is to identify a conflict between potential temptations and higher-order (often longer-term) goals. Of course, the notion of a temptation is always relative to current goals. Temptation in this regard is a moving target. What was a temptation today can be a goal tomorrow.

One of the problems with temptations is that they can seem relatively harmless. Fishbach and Converse offer up two perspective-taking strategies that facilitate the identification of conflict with these temptations (what they call - those single instances of consumption that would have negative consequences and are pervasive in our lives). How will you frame your goals today? It's a Small World... Don't Burn Bridges. Because we live in such a small world, it is critically important not to burn bridges - no matter how tempted you might be! You aren’t going to like everyone and everyone isn’t going to like you, but there’s no need to make enemies. For example, when you look for your next job, it’s quite likely that the person interviewing you will know someone you know. In this way your reputation precedes you everywhere you go. This is beneficial when you have a great reputation, but harmful when your reputation is damaged.

I’ve seen the following scenario play out innumerable times. Essentially, your reputation is your most valuable asset—so guard it well. This metaphor implies that if you have a large reserve of positive experiences with someone, then one red drop is hardly noticed. This serves as a reminder of the importance of every experience we have with others, whether they are friends, family, co-workers, or service providers. CHILDHOOD BRAIN MODIFICATION: Do This Now. "There is another world, but it's inside this one" -Paul ?

Uard Do the Celestial Crawl On a cloudless warm night, walk around until you can put a nearby building or tree very close to a bright star in the eastern sky. Now lay on the ground and move yourself until the corner of the building or the top of the tree just BARELY covers that star. Wait a moment. The star will reappear. Burst of flavor While reading, eat something. Finger of PAIN After getting out of the car, quickly touch one of your passengers. Visible Touch Look to the left, close your eyes, then touch the rightmost edge of your right eyeball with a fingertip.

Some more cool things involving eyelashes, light waves, etc. Twang Optic Nerve Here's the other way to "touch your retina. " Restaurant Super-candle ...with a foot-high flame. Tube of Boob Tune your TV to a blank station and adjust it for good "snow". Un SELF -ishness This person (I?) Balloon gyroscope. Psych. Look to the side and YOUR EYES MOVE IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS! 47 Mind-Blowing Psychology-Proven Facts You Should Know About Yourself - StumbleUpon.

Eyes reveal true hypnotic state for the first time. Chelsea Whyte, contributor "Lay back, close your eyes, and count backwards from ten. You'll begin to feel very, very sleepy... " This method of inducing hypnosis may be popular in movies, but according to neuroscientist Sakari Kallio of the University of Turku in Finland, using so many words can be overly-suggestive and affect the scientific study of the phenomenon. Now, using a technique he devised that uses just one word, he has produced the first physical evidence of a hypnotic state. The woman in this clip dips into a hypnotic state after hearing the word 'hypno'. For over 100 years, researchers have debated the existence of a true hypnotic state, marked by physiological changes in the brain and resulting in behavioural changes in the body.

"They tried to mimic the eye movements we saw during hypnosis but they weren't able to do that accurately because they were reflexes," Kallio says. According to Kallio, this lobotomy-style lack of initiative made his research more difficult. Does your brain sleep when you do? Answer. Scientist Prove DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies. By Grazyna Fosar and Franz Bludorf THE HUMAN DNA IS A BIOLOGICAL INTERNET and superior in many aspects to the artificial one. Russian scientific research directly or indirectly explains phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontaneous and remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual light/auras around people (namely spiritual masters), mind’s influence on weather patterns and much more. In addition, there is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies WITHOUT cutting out and replacing single genes.

Only 10% of our DNA is being used for building proteins. It is this subset of DNA that is of interest to western researchers and is being examined and categorized. The Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev and his colleagues also explored the vibrational behavior of the DNA. One can simply use words and sentences of the human language! References: 10 Simple Postures That Boost Performance.

Psychological research suggests simple actions can project power, persuade others, increase empathy, boost cognitive performance and more… We tend to think of body language as something that expresses our internal states to the outside world. But it also works the other way around: the position of our body also influences our mind. As the following psychological research shows, how we move can drive both thoughts and feelings and this can boost performance. 1. Pose for power If you want to feel more powerful then adopt a powerful posture. 2. Tensing up your muscles can help increase your willpower. 3. If you’re stuck on a problem which needs persistence then try crossing your arms. 4. If crossing your arms doesn’t work then try lying down. 5. While you’re lying down, why not have a nap? Brooks & Lack (2005) compared 5, 10, 20 and 30 minute naps to find the best length. 6. The way people’s hands cut through the air while they talk is fascinating. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Embodied cognition. 30 Very Funny Books. It’s All In Your Head: How to Take Advantage of Neuroplasticity. A NEW LOOK AT ANXIETY'S MANY FACES. How to live forever….. A brief history of the brain - life - 26 September 2011. Field Guide to the Loner: The Real Insiders. Keep It Simple, Stupid. Digest - Things you didn't know about lies, liars and detecting lies. The Scientist Who Controlled People with Brain Implants. Why don't we normally hallucinate? Time is More Valuable than Money. Your Inner Voice: A Key To Self-Control? Near-death experiences may be triggered by serotonin - health - 08 September 2011.

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