‘Knowing how’ is in your brain

by Carnegie Mellon University Although we often think of knowledge as “knowing that” (for example, knowing that Paris is the capital of France), each of us also knows many procedures consisting of knowing how, such as knowing how to tie a knot or start a car. Now a new study has found the brain programs that code the sequence of steps in performing a complex procedure. In a just published paper in Psychological Science, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found a way to find decode the procedural information required to tie various knots, with enough precision to identify which knot is … Continue reading ‘Knowing how’ is in your brain

My Anger Was Actually Depression – Why Did No One Warn Me?

by JESSICA MORGAN Trigger warning: This article includes themes of suicide, self-harm and depressive thoughts. I’m a manic depressive. Getting out of bed most days is a chore, at weekends I sit at home staring at the wall for hours at a time, sometimes I even forget to eat. And every so often, usually once a fortnight, I fly into a blind rage over the smallest of things.Growing up, I was pretty angry. I spent the first few years of my life in the care system before being adopted, and carried my childhood trauma into adulthood. During adolescence, my fits of rage (throwing … Continue reading My Anger Was Actually Depression – Why Did No One Warn Me?

I’m Afraid of Going Back to My ‘Old Life’ After the Lockdown

My life before was frantic, and I don’t want to go back. Why? By Vincenzo Ligresti Question: It might sound weird, but I’m really scared about going back to my life before the pandemic. This new normal obviously sucks, but it also opened my eyes in many ways. I feel like my old routine was frantic, sometimes for no reason. Taking this break made me realise it for the first time. I’m upset at the idea of spending money on a dinner with someone I don’t like, or working late to meet a deadline that won’t matter, or even to be looked at … Continue reading I’m Afraid of Going Back to My ‘Old Life’ After the Lockdown

The Cyber Effect

by Dr Mary Aitken. How does our behaviour change online, and what kind of internet do we want for the future? The average person now checks their phone over 200 times a day. That’s a serious addiction – but because we’re all doing it all the time, it doesn’t seem quite so scary…. The online world, but not as we know it I have been reading The Cyber Effect by Dr Mary Aiken, an Irish cyberpsychologist who specialises in the impact of technology on human behaviour. I have found this book interesting for a number of reasons: as a parent, as a … Continue reading The Cyber Effect

The Dream of “Disconnected Psychology”

Does psychology need researchers who “don’t follow the discipline’s norms and conventions”? By Neuroskeptic A thought-provoking paper proposes a way to advance psychology: by encouraging researchers to ignore previous work in the field. The piece is called Unburdening the Shoulders of Giants: A Quest for Disconnected Academic Psychology and it appeared in Perspectives on Psychological Science. According to author Dario Krpan, academic psychology is failing to fully explore the space of possible theories. In other words, it is stuck in an intellectual rut (or ruts). The field of psychology (this also applies to other sciences) currently operates in such a way that … Continue reading The Dream of “Disconnected Psychology”

Is Everyone Depressed?

Suddenly, many people meet the criteria for clinical depression. Doctors are scrambling to determine who needs urgent intervention, and who is simply the new normal. by JAMES HAMBLIN The word I keep hearing is numbness. Not necessarily a sickness, but feeling ill at ease. A sort of detachment or removal from reality. Deb Hawkins, a tech analyst in Michigan, describes the feeling of being stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic as “sleep-walking through my life” or “wading through a physical and mental quicksand.” Even though she has been living in what she calls an “introvert heaven” for the past two … Continue reading Is Everyone Depressed?

CONSENSUS REALITY MELTDOWN – SELF-FULFILLING MEMES

by Kingsley L. Dennis, Contributor Waking Times It is time to acknowledge that the bubble of perception that forms one’s reality is not a solid structure. It is fluid and continuously shifting, readapting, and, from time to time, it wobbles. The information and inputs we receive, and process, affects our sense of reality. Recently, this consensus reality bubble that most people have attached their senses to, has been fluctuating oddly. Notions of what is true and what is false have lost their footing. The things we believed in; those things, people, or institutions we placed our trust in; those things we … Continue reading CONSENSUS REALITY MELTDOWN – SELF-FULFILLING MEMES