We've heard about how false memories can be "planted" in someone's mind. For example, people can be convinced they committed a crime they never did commit--in just a few hours! Others have been convinced they were raped, or molested as children. In 1999, Dr. Elizabeth F. Loftus conducted a study that greatly impacted our understanding of … Continue reading Manic Monday: Loftus lost in the Mall
This article certainly starts off fun. The article, written by Frank A. Beach, begins with a reference to Lewis Carroll's poem, "The Hunting of the Snark." In the poem, a crew goes hunting for a snark, which turns out to be a very dangerous boojum. The article by Beach goes on to state that for anyone … Continue reading Seance Sunday: The Snark was a Boojum
Many of us have heard of Papez Circuit, the neural network that controls human emotion. In 1937, James Papez wrote an article called A Proposed Mechanism of Emotion. He begins his article by citing the relevant word of Bard and Cannon, who will be discussed in a later article. But Papez cites the reason for … Continue reading Seance Sunday: Papez Circuit
Manic Monday: Harlow's Pit of Despair, the Rape Rack and Iron Maidens.
Yes, it's that time of year again, when we make resolutions and promptly fail at them. But it'll be different this year, you tell yourself. I'll actually keep my resolutions. Yes, yes, of course you will. Since I, like most everyone else, have a positive bias towards myself, I have made the resolution to maintain … Continue reading 2015: Manic Monday, Technique Thursday, Findings Friday and Séance Sunday
Impostors, impostors everywhere. Or are they? David was involved in a bad car accident. He sustained head injuries when he landed head-first on the ground. Seemingly, though, he was fine, retaining the capacity to talk and walk. But there was a problem. Whenever David saw his mother, he would say that she looks like my … Continue reading Capgras Delusion: Impostors are Everywhere. Or are they?
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who I see is not me at all. When you look into a mirror, who do you see? Yourself? Not if you have Mirrored-self misidentification, a delusional belief that your reflection in a mirror belongs to a stranger’s. The stranger just happens to look like you. The disorder might be … Continue reading Mirrored-Self Misidentification: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who I See is not Me at all
There are always tests and exams to be had in psychology. One interesting one that I have always found myself interested in is the Myers-Brigg Test. Randomly, or relatively so, I found a blog that posts Myers-Brigg profiles of celebrities and such. But an interesting page of theirs, this one, has a Myers-Brigg personality test … Continue reading MBTI Test
Imagine cruising down the highway, wind in your hair, sunshine on your face. You have the radio on, your favorite songs are playing, and your hands seem fine. That is, until they start taking over the steering wheel and trying to crash you.Or you are sitting in your chair and your hand is repeatedly slapping … Continue reading Alien Hand Syndrome
The earliest ways of peering into the brains of people was invasive, and sometimes, fatal. Consequently, most subjects were those who were mentally disabled, those who had mental illnesses. Therefore, we now know more about dysfunction than we do function. However, this isn’t a bad thing, considering that it’s through dysfunction that we can better … Continue reading Mosso and Bertino: Brain Injury to Imaging Inventions