Tag: psychology

Life’s a video game?

Life’s a video game?

If you’re a keen gamer maybe it’s difficult to put the controller down and turn off the Xbox or Playstation, and detach yourself from the virtual world you were experiencing. It’s possible you’ll continue thinking about the game well into the rest of the day or night, planning and strategising. This is pretty normal behaviour […]

By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Trying to learn a new language? Then trying harder won’t help!

Trying to learn a new language? Then trying harder won’t help!

Many adults who try to learn a new language often struggle, whilst children can pick up a language with relative ease, whether it is being immersed in a foreign environment or learning at school. For adults, however, even being immersed in a language can still prove difficult – and if they try harder to learn […]

By September 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Get smarter by zapping your brain?

Get smarter by zapping your brain?

If you want to increase your intelligence and reaction times then a simple solution is now at hand – pick up an electrical brain stimulation kit (now readily available on the internet) and zap away! By using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) you can increase your brain power by ‘20-40%’ and even reduce stress and […]

By September 5, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
PTSD can develop without memory of the original event

PTSD can develop without memory of the original event

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops as a consequence of an event a person experiences or is exposed to, such as a violent crime, rape or serious injury. The feelings associated with the experience – such as horror, helplessness, dread and fear – can be felt strongly after the event and the victim may experience flashbacks, […]

By September 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The forgotten psychologist

The forgotten psychologist

Psychology is a vast field with many researchers, scientists and collaborators working through the past two hundred or so years to advance our knowledge, so it’s not surprising that with so many people involved some of the famous contributors tend to slide away out of view. Otto Selz is one of them. The strange thing […]

Breaking social norms – Does it feel good?

Breaking social norms – Does it feel good?

Not so long ago in my first year of studying Psychology at university we were given the task of breaking a social norm and recording people’s responses to it. A social norm is an expected behaviour pattern within a society in given situations, for example in almost every society there is the social norm that […]

Could a blood test predict Alzheimer’s

Could a blood test predict Alzheimer’s

A major breakthrough has been made in efforts to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, with British scientists discovering a set of proteins that can predict the start of the disease with 87% accuracy. The research in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Journal is being heralded as the first big development in the field for years, […]

Do artists have different brain structures?

Do artists have different brain structures?

It has been a long standing discussion whether men and women are wired differently. Recent research suggests that this is actually true, with men wired front to back in both hemispheres, with only some overlapping connections between the hemispheres, whilst women are connected between the left and right hemispheres. This would explain why generally men […]

How The Spice Girls can help fight dementia

How The Spice Girls can help fight dementia

Dementia is rapidly becoming the largest challenge facing the health and social care sector in the 21st century. With a large number of the population approaching old age it is predicted that there will be around one million sufferers of dementia in the UK by 2021. Although there are many routes of research into preventing […]