Art by Laetitzia As we all know, communication is essential in society. Advancements in technology have transformed the way that we correspond with others in the modern world. We live in an era when launching apps, using an online QR code generator for immediate information, following turn-by-turn map navigation on our phones, and microblogging with tweets and instant photos have become the norm. Because of the constant buzz in our technological world, it's easy to forget how important communicating face-to-face is. When conversing old-school style, it's not only speech we verbalize that matters, but what our nonverbal gestures articulate as well. Body language is truly a language of its own.
NPR's always interesting Robert Krulwich posted a great report on why people can't walk in a straight line from point A to point B without visual cues. Usually gimlets are involved in my case, but even sober, it's likely you will end up going in ever-tighter loops. Benjamin Arthur's beautiful animation alone is worth checking out. Important viewing if you're searching for the Blair Witch or planning to walk to the neighbor's during a blinding blizzard. Video link . A Mystery: Why Can't We Walk Straight?
A wealth of psychological insights from ten more key social psychology studies. Over the last 7 months I've been exploring 10 more of my favourite social psychology studies, each with an insightful story to tell about how our minds work. This follows on from an article I wrote two years ago ( 10 brilliant social psychology studies ). Key insights from each study are below but click through to get the full story of each experiment.
The human mind is a wonderful thing. Cognition, the act or process of thinking, enables us to process vast amounts of information quickly. For example, every time your eyes are open, you brain is constantly being bombarded with stimuli. You may be consciously thinking about one specific thing, but you brain is processing thousands of subconscious ideas. Unfortunately, our cognition is not perfect, and there are certain judgment errors that we are prone to making, known in the field of psychology as cognitive biases.
Mind is the aspect of intellect and consciousness experienced as combinations of thought, perception, memory, emotion, will and imagination, including all unconscious cognitive processes. Mind manifests itself subjectively as a stream of consciousness. Neuroanatomists usually consider the brain to be the pivotal unit of what we refer to as mind. The Human Brain tricks us whenever it can.