Posts tagged: psychology
#PaulZak on #Storytelling
“Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds but, in doing that, they change the way our brains work and potentially change our brain chemistry — and that’s what it means to be a social creature.”
#MartinSeligman on #positive #psychology
Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?
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“Adolescents can make good decisions,” insists B. J. Casey, a neuroscientist at Weill Cornell Medical College. “They can make better decisions than you or I. But it is in the heat of the moment that they get into trouble.”
That’s because the reward-sensitive areas of the brain are maturing with the onset of puberty. There’s been a long-held view that teens make poor decisions because they don’t think through consequences. Since the 1990s, we’ve known that brains go through extensive development in adolescence.
Myelin, or white matter, provides more insulation and boosts the ability of the axons to send signals faster. New connections are being made in the frontal cortex and older ones are dying.
Blockbuster TV adverts are a regular feature in the run-up to Christmas – John Lewis’s £5m ad has already had the nation in tears. But what makes it so powerful? And what do these costly campaigns say about us? (Source: The Guardian)
RSAnimate - ‘The Divided Brain’
Great article on the series:
Lauren Zalaznick - ‘The conscience of television’
‘Productivity is cat and mouse game VS. a childish primal predilection for pleasure and novelty which can never be excised from the soul’
(Thanks to @Biggiewilson for sourcing the video)
Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?
The Demise of Guys
Psychologist Phillip Zimbardo talks about the effects of games and the internet on males.
Pareidolia ( /pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-doh-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse.