Category Archives: Mind

Affective neuroscience of the emotional Brain-Mind

Cross-species affective neuroscience studies confirm that primary-process emotional feelings are organized within primitive subcortical regions of the brain that are anatomical, neurochemically, and functionally homologous in all mammals that have been studied. Emotional feelings (affects) are intrinsic values that inform … Continue reading

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Attention, or how to organize the mind

Sometimes our mind is a mess. Thoughts and experiences pile up, and our mind flips from one thing to another: I need to buy milk, I have an important meeting tomorrow, and, no, the bills have still not been paid; … Continue reading

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Sweeter dreams in a peaceful mind

A new study by researchers from the University of Turku, Finland and the University of Skövde, Sweden shows that people with more peace of mind in the waking state have more positive dreams, whereas those with more anxiety in the … Continue reading

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The Power of your Sub-Conscious Mind

Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, … Continue reading

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Can Neuroscience Explain the Human Mind?

Brain research has made great strides in recent decades. With new technology, we can detect brain activity underlying perception, thought, emotion and decision-making: we can almost read a person’s mind. What does this mean for our image of human beings … Continue reading

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Emoticons in mind

It is now common practice, in digital communication, to use the character combination “:-)”, known as an emoticon, to indicate a smiling face. Although emoticons are readily interpreted as smiling faces, it is unclear whether emoticons trigger face-specific mechanisms or … Continue reading

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Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition, Emotion, Ability, Function

In the 20 years since the publication of John Sloboda’s landmark volume The Musical Mind, music psychology has developed as a vibrant area of research – exerting influence on areas as diverse as music education and cognitive neuroscience. This new … Continue reading

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Intelligence doesn’t guarantee an open mind

People with higher cognitive abilities are more likely to learn and apply social stereotypes, research finds. However, the experiments also show that those with higher cognitive abilities more easily unlearn stereotypes when presented with new information. “Superior cognitive abilities are often … Continue reading

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Culture, Mind, and the Brain: Current Evidence and Future Directions

Current research on culture focuses on independence and interdependence and documents numerous East-West psychological differences, with an increasing emphasis placed on cognitive mediating mechanisms. Lost in this literature is a time-honored idea of culture as a collective process composed of cross-generationally … Continue reading

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Social Neuroscience – Key Readings

Neuroscientists and cognitive scientists have collaborated for more than a decade with the common goal of understanding how the mind works. These collaborations have helped unravel puzzles of the mind including aspects of perception, imagery, attention, and memory. Many aspects … Continue reading

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