In this video Michael Stevens speaks about the strong link between REM sleep and memory. He also raises the thought stirring question – “Do dreams serve a primary purpose?”
Nearly everyone is looking for ways to improve brain function and mental focus these days. Often times, we zero in on specific behaviors and actions that can provide optimum results — but rarely do we ever focus on what is happening at the most basic level of our brain’s formation.
What if you could put all those brain booster books aside? What if you didn’t need to do those tedious memory enhancing exercises? What if all you had to do was pop a pill? Well…as it turns out, that just might be the case. Continue reading
Michael Steven explains the link between music and our memories and explores the biology and psychology behind the mental phenomenon of nostalgia.
This infographic gives a brief overview of the history of the use of placebos in medicine. It explains how placebos were originally a derogatory term used to describe medication prescribed by false physicians, but how, in light of the “placebo effect,” medical perception has since changed to the extent that placebos now play an active role in medical treatment. Continue reading
Introduction to Psychology
Lecture 4: Brain II: Methods of Research
Instructor: John Gabrieli
Utter the phrase “mental illness” and for most people, schizophrenia is the disorder that comes most readily to mind. While the disease is widely known and mental health professionals are beginning to understand some of its contributing factors, the underlying causes of the disease are yet to be completely uncovered. Among the general population, schizophrenia is often regarded as a slightly “taboo” topic, with scientific research usually being blended with myth, hearsay and personal opinion. The infographic below will present a few facts on schizophrenia and help to clarify this popular, though often misunderstood mental disorder. Continue reading