Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Colorful Peacock Illusion

peacock optical illusion

Tasks:

(1) Identify the yellow peacock (2) Identify the blue peacock (3) Identify the darker peacock (4) Identify the lighter peacock

Check page 2 for the answers.

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Why Do Children and Teenagers Exclude Peers From Their Cliques?

Children and Social Exclusion

Just as it is common for youths to form friendship cliques, it is also common for some kids to be left out. Much research has paid attention to what it is like to be rejected or excluded. However a new study by Holly Recchia and her team took an unusual approach, they asked children and adolescents to relate the times that they had excluded someone, and then to give reasons for their actions. Continue reading

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Schizophrenia/Psychosis – Brain Disease or Existential Crisis?

Schizophrenia/Psychosis – Brain Disease or Existential Crisis?With the most recent schizophrenia/psychosis recovery research, we discover increasing evidence that psychosis is not caused by a disease of the brain, but is perhaps best described as being a last ditch strategy of a desperate psyche to transcend an intolerable situation or dilemma. To better understand how this conclusion which is so contrary to the widespread understanding of psychosis has come about, it will help if we break down this discussion into a short series of questions and answers.

What? Schizophrenia may not be caused by a brain disease?

The emerging recovery research and continuous lack of substantiation of any of the various brain disease hypotheses have cast serious doubts about the validity of the brain disease theory Continue reading

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When Harvard Meets Hogwarts. What Can Scientists Learn From Magicians?

the psychology of magic

As a motivational speaker, I often use magic to illustrate the key points in my speeches. Why? Well, firstly, magic is a lot more fun than PowerPoint. Secondly, magic has gained some serious credibility as scientists have begun studying magicians to learn more about how the brain works. (This research is based on the notion that, if the ladies don’t dig your “science nerd vibe,” try card tricks!) Continue reading

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