What Are Mirror Neurons?
Deciphering how the brain learns is crucial to knowing ourselves. Through neuroscience, we have found an amazing surprise: neurons which fire through mimicry! These are the mirror neurons, and their true nature is still clouded in mystery.
Shaping in Psychology: Behavior Modification Through the Method of Successive Approximations
Which term best describes rewarding successive approximations of a target behavior? This article looks at shaping and how it works to modify behavior, including examples of shaping and how it's done.
Psychopaths Can Detect Vulnerability From Body Language
Psychopaths are known for being manipulative and exploitative. According to research, they have the ability to detect vulnerability in others based on the way they walk. This fuels their exploitative skills and helps psychopathic criminals pick their victims.
Do Our Senses Lie? Donald Hoffman’s Case Against Reality
A prominent cognitive scientist invites you to take a proverbial "red pill" and explore his theory of "conscious realism." But be warned—you may never see the world in the same way again.
The Benefits of Psychopathy for Business and Capitalism
This article discusses how psychopathic traits could be beneficial in a corporate setting for business and capitalism.
5 Interesting Research Studies on the Science of Meditation
Meditation has not always been readily available in the West, yet in recent decades it has become popular and accessible both in lay and religious circles. The scientific community has caught up and research on meditation has been growing steadily since the end of the 20th century.
Psychology and Psychiatry in the 20th and 21st Century
The treatment of mental illness has undergone an astonishing transformation since ancient times. During the Renaissance mental illness was thought to be from demonic possession. The Age of Enlightenment ushered in the humane treatment of the mentally ill. Where are we today? Also, new videos added.
What Is the Probably Approximately Correct Learning Theory?
What does machine learning and evolution have in common? More than you may realize...
4 Psychological Tricks to Make People Like You
Our ability to judge people's characters is not as objective as we think; the human brain possesses primitive, limbic circuits, and our opinions are based entirely on the way that people speak to us and make us feel. Use this to your advantage, and anyone you meet will love you and want to help you.
Multiple Intelligences: A Different Way to Understand How We Learn
There are many tests for measuring intelligence. They mostly measure your ability to solve and think through problems. Ultimately, IQ scores are used for educational placement and evaluating job applicants. This article is about an alternative method of viewing intelligence. New videos included.
Why Status Is the Most Important Measurement in the World
High status, keeping up with the Jones's, improving one's position in the pecking order, in business, or in social circles, is an intense desire for many. It could be the basis of ambition, but in our time, it might also be a deadly trait as mega-wealth drives inequality.
The Danger of Behavior Control
The decisions we make and the actions we take are a vital part of what makes us human. Life is about making complicated choices, and yet, there are people out there that want to prevent you from being independent. They want to control your every action and zap away any shot of freedom.
Common Misunderstandings About Borderline Personality Disorder
The movie Fatal Attraction led to widespread discussion about Borderline Personality Disorder. This resulted in increased awareness but also increased misunderstanding of the disorder.
This article explains many facts associated with dreaming, the physiological and psychological components. It recounts the history of scientific studies, and many little known facts are included. Nightmares and lucid dreaming is also discussed. The difference between men and women’s dreams is expl
Self Adaptors, Alter Adaptors and Object Adaptors in Nonverbal Communication
Adaptors in nonverbal communication have an effect on how we view others and how they view us. A look at self, alter, and object adaptors, including when they're usually seen and what triggers them.
What Does It Mean When Someone Rubs Their Hands Together?
Rubbing the hands together can mean two different things depending on the speed of the movement. Learn about this bit of body language: when its usually seen and what it suggests.
Adverse Childhood Experiences and Sexual Offending
About 40% of the population experiences some type of childhood trauma. Experiencing traumatic events in childhood can have adverse consequences on adulthood, and in some cases may lead to abusive behavior.
Empathy may be confused with sympathy or with compassion, but it is more than that. Empathy is a process which combines cognitive, emotional, and behavioral components. In this article, I will attempt to explain what empathy is, what it isn't and how it may sometimes be learned.
4 Ways to Increase Your Attention Span & Improve Your Concentration
Do you need help focusing? Here are some real and effective ways you can implement to improve your concentration and sustained selective attention.
The Things That Underlies the Perception of "Mansplaining"
"Mansplain" is a new buzzword in regards to the sometimes awkward communication challenges between men and women. It refers to the way in which men seem to sometimes talk down to women. But the explanation for the behavior may lie in the cognitive sciences, instead of the social sciences.
What Is Skin Hunger and How to Fix It
Platonic touch, despite its benefits to physical and mental health, is not as common in Western culture as it should be. This article discusses touch deprivation at a societal scale in addition to the specific benefits of touch.
Some of the Most Counter Intuitive Psychology Findings Ever Published
Psychology research often presents surprising findings regarding how the mind works, how we think about ourselves and others and how we interact with the world. This article discusses several of these results.
What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder and How Does It Relate to Plastic Surgery Addiction?
This article discusses Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Body Dysphoria, Body Dysmorphia), which involves extreme distress over an imagined or barely noticeable physical defect, often resulting in extreme plastic surgery and multiple plastic surgery procedures.
Romantic Relationships: Duck's Model of Relationship Breakdown
Duck's model of relationship breakdown explains the stages we all go through when experiencing a breakup. An advantage of this model is that it can be used to prevent breakups from happening entirely, but some argue that the model does not apply to everyone.
The Social Exchange Theory and Romantic Relationships
The Social Exchange theory claims that romantic relationships will last if the rational calculation of cost and benefit seems worthwhile. However, can we really use such economic terms when discussing romance?
The Fundamental Attribution Error: Are All Drivers Idiots?
The article explains why we assume other people's negative behavior is due to personal factors or internal to them, while we explain our own negative behavior based on our situation or external to us.
Romantic Relationships: The Filter Theory
The filter theory offers an explanation as to how we narrow potential romantic partners to choose someone who is right for us. It is considered a useful tool to help us avoid making the wrong decisions, but just how well can it be applied in real life?
What Does It Mean When Someone Puts Their Hands Behind Their Head?
This article looks at the hands behind the head position. What do its elements suggest about what it means and why someone might be doing it?