Monthly Archives: September 2013

David Hubel and the Visual Information Process

David Hubel, who helped revolutionize the understanding of visual information processing and shared the 1981 Nobel with a colleague for the work, has passed away at the age of 87. Hubel’s work focused on understanding how the neurons of the … Continue reading

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Oxytocin Makes Us More Accepting of Others

Oxytocin, the so-called “cuddle chemical,” plays a role in pregnancy, lactation, and social bonding. New research in Psychoneuroendocrinology shows that it also may make us more accepting of others. Scientists at the University of Freiburg in Germany has proven that one … Continue reading

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Master Thesis Plan

A master’s thesis plan must show that the student is able to work in a scholarly manner and is acquainted with the principal works published on the subject of the thesis… Well, this is my contribution: Master Thesis Plan

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Perspective Illusion

This is an image from Richard Wiseman’s Quirky Mind Stuff. It’s an example of “the Ponzo Illusion”, where the images of all of these cars are the same size. The ‘mechanics’ behind this illusion is that the brain sees the world in … Continue reading

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Self Control

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” Tao Te Ching Synonyms for self control: Balance, Constraint, Control, Dignity, Discipline, Discretion, Mastery, Poise, Self government, Sobriety, Stability, Stoicism. “Self-regulatory failure is … Continue reading

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A Field Guide to Procrastinators

The problem with self-control is that we are usually paying now for a reward later. The consequence is that we discount future rewards and give in to feel good now. In an article published by Tinuke Oluyomi Daniel, Christina Stanton, and … Continue reading

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All About Psychology About Pareidolia

The magazine ‘All About Psychology’ has a short article regarding the phenomenon of pareidolia; the psychological phenomenon that makes us see faces in random places, which is the perception of an ambiguous and random stimulus as significant. Read more here: http://www.all-about-psychology.com/pareidolia.html

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