The reliable eye witness

Posted by on Jan 25, 2010 in Psychology | 0 comments

The lawyer approaches the stand and asks, “Mrs Doogood, did you see a tall slender man running into the alley with the TV” “Yes I did” “Is that person in the room today?” “Yes, he is sitting right over there” Implanting memories is not as difficult as you might think. We never have a perfect representation of the world, and our brains are very good at making sense of what we see. We see the whole,...

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Where did I put my keys?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology | 0 comments

I am always hunting for my keys, usually because I wasn’t paying attention when I put them down, or I was interrupted by something else when I walked in the door, or I put them down on Friday evening and never needed them again until Monday morning, We really don’t know why we forget things, but there are a number of possible reasons. Firstly, memories are physical, and physical things decay. Neural connections, if not reinforced...

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As a Man Thinketh

Posted by on Jan 19, 2010 in Psychology | 0 comments

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” Quote by James Allen, the author of the classic (and possibly the first) positive thinking self help book, “As a Man Thinketh” (published in 1902). More than a century later, neuroscience is beginning to unravel “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he“, and that’s part of what this blog is about. You...

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Who defines us?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How would define yourself? As a doctor, lawyer,  CEO, surfer, father, daughter? How would other people define you? As rich, poor, attractive, skinny, friend, foe? How would marketers define you? As middle class, 30 to 39, black diamond? The world is full of labels, branding, in-groups and out-groups. For some of us, these labels are very important. The labels we give ourselves define who we are (as do the labels we give others – they...

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Where were you on September 11?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2010 in Psychology | 0 comments

If I had to ask you whether you wish you could improve your memory”, I would imagine many of you would sound a resounding “yes”. There have been many books written on improving memory (names, phone numbers, lists) and they usually rely on memory tricks where you attach vivid imagery to poetry to create in the hope of creating meaningful associations. That might work when remembering names, but what else influences what we...

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