Self-transcendent Experiences Linked With Mental Health

(Photo credit: Yogendra Joshi) by University of Pennsylvania Many people report deep feelings of connection and self-loss while listening to music, meditating or during intense experiences of awe, an experience captured by the phrase, “I felt at one with all things” or “I was lost in the music.” In psychology, feelings of oneness and self-loss are often described as symptoms of psychopathology, but might also they be associated with well-being? An interdisciplinary team of psychologists and neuroscientists thinks so. The team was put together by David Yaden, a research fellow and Ph.D. student in the School of Arts & Sciences at … Continue reading Self-transcendent Experiences Linked With Mental Health

The Hidden Way Cities Effect The Mood

by Soren Dreier “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of Commons. More than 70 years on, he would doubtless be pleased to learn that neuroscientists and psychologists have found plenty of evidence to back him up. We now know, for example, that buildings and cities can affect our mood and well-being, and that specialised cells in the hippocampal region of our brains are attuned to the geometry and arrangement of the spaces we inhabit. Yet urban architects have often paid scant attention to … Continue reading The Hidden Way Cities Effect The Mood

Facebook Wants to Determine Users’ Emotions by Taking Secret Photos

Facebook has just filed a patent for a system that will allow the network to photograph you without your permission – and according to some experts, they have every legal right to. Facebook has filed a patent for a system that would allow them to tailor user experience by analyzing users’ emotions. Using the front facing camera on a person’s laptop or smartphone, the platform would take temporary photos of the user to determine their emotional reaction to stories they see on on the social media site and adjust the content accordingly. © REUTERS/ BLUE HOUSE/YONHAP South Korea Leader Offers to ‘Share Thoughts’ on Communication With Facebook CEO … Continue reading Facebook Wants to Determine Users’ Emotions by Taking Secret Photos