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Mindfulness – The path to a Healthy Mind and Body

Did you know that 3 out of 4 times that a person visits a doctor’s office, it is due to a stress related illness? Another gloomy fact is that almost sixty percent of all illnesses are due to pathophysiological processes that involve stress. Now we can go into other facts like stress increases the risk […]

Common Sense or Uncommon Sense

When we think about common sense, we take it as something that comes naturally to us, something innate, unique to each one of us, and unchangeable. This is however not entirely true. Common sense as pertaining to an individual is based much upon their past experiences and prior knowledge. The fact is that the brain […]

Memory and Multi-tasking

Are you good at multitasking? Try and think about the most number of things you have done at any given time. Have you watched a TV show while talking on the phone while cutting up vegetables for dinner? What is it that makes some of us so good at multitasking while the rest of us […]

Now or Later: Why we procastinate

How many times have you told yourself “I’ll do it later”? What is it that makes some people so driven and focused on their goals while others prefer to push off things for a later date so as to be able to enjoy the here and now? The answer lies within two distinctive regions of […]

Inattentional Blindness

Concentration is basically your mental focus working together with your other senses. The problem however is that there are millions of sensory inputs at any given time. This is much more information than the brain can handle, being able to focus only on any one given input at a time. This means that the brain […]

The Startle Reflex

Think about what happens when you suddenly hear a loud noise or someone suddenly jumps out at you as a surprise. What is it that immediately happens? Your hands probably jump to your face as your eyes tightly scrunch up, your shoulders shrug, and the rest of your body assumes a position of universal flexion, […]

Evolution of Psychology

Psychology as termed today is a branch of science that focuses on the mind, brain and behavior, embracing both the conscious and unconscious aspects of these entities. As a science however psychology is more subjective than objective. However, over time multiple schools of thought have evolved which though not universally applicable may be used to […]

Study of Mind through the Ages

The human mind and its innate workings have always been a source of fascination to humans. The earliest evidence of this interest stems from the Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian medical papyrus dating c. 1550 BC, which cited clinical depression. Afflictions of the mind were initially considered the result of demonic possessions or the work of […]

Video gaming and Cognition

Many of us as children would have rushed home after school, kicked off our shoes and dropped our bags on the floor before settling in front of a video game with a controller. Most of the time this would be followed by a horde of yelling from our mothers about everything from our eyesight to […]