Could you be James Bond?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2010 in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology | 0 comments

Do you what it takes to be a secret agent? James Bond needs to have a high  level awareness and attention. Let’s see if you make the grade. Here’s an exercise for you to do to test your awareness. Watch the video below and see how many passes the team in white makes? [gap] Attention is a “spotlight on experience”. The mechanism of attention  decides what we bring into conscious awareness and what we do not. [gap] Dan...

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Mind Over Matter – Prior experience and the perception of fatigue

Posted by on Jan 14, 2010 in Cognitive Neuroscience, Sports Psychology | 2 comments

Continuing on the topic of mind over matter, and specifically in relation to exercise, I am reminded of some work done by Professor Tim Noakes several years ago. Professor Noakes challenged a long established belief that fatigue originates in the muscles (when the muscles run out of oxygen, glycogen or ATP), or when there is too much lactic acid. This model was called the “Limitations Model”. Rather, Noakes and his colleagues...

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Mind over Matter – How our mood influences our immune system

Posted by on Jan 13, 2010 in Psychology, Sports Psychology | 0 comments

Over the Christmas holidays I’ve  been doing a fair amount of training in preparation for the race I’ve entered. Despite getting up before dawn during my holidays, I found I was highly motivated, full of energy and putting in some personal bests on various rides and runs. That stopped on Monday, my first day back in the office.I woke up feeling somewhat blue with the idea that the holiday had ended. I would much rather be out...

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Yoga, Qigiong and PsychoNeuroImmunology

Posted by on Jan 4, 2010 in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology | 0 comments

Traditional Eastern medicine can be traced back thousands of years; well before the advent of science as we know it – many of the ideas found across Asia can be traced back to the Upanishads of around 1200 to 900 BCE. Rather than cast these ideas aside because they do not conform to the Western idea of science, I think of them as mechanisms for explaining patterns that were observed over hundreds if not thousands of years, but have yet to...

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The psychology of goal setting

Posted by on Jan 3, 2010 in Psychology, Sports Psychology | 0 comments

Nassim Nicholas Taleb describes his book, “The Black Swan“, as a book about confirmation bias. The black swan is very rare, and if you had never seen nor heard of a black swan you might be inclined to say that they do not exist. In an effort to make sense of the world, we create schema, or mental images of how things are (and should be). Furthermore, we tend to search for information that confirms our schema. Let’s say that my...

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