Sleep is Important for Memory and Learning Potential, Study Shows

When we sleep, we undergo different stages of sleep. The deepest stage of sleep is REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. It has been called so because it can be recognized by rapid, random eye movements. This stage of sleep normally occurs in the early hours of the morning. This particular stage has been linked to dreaming, but it may serve basic functions as well. Continue reading

Are You Wise? Here is a 5 Factor Checklist Based on Research

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“A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.” – David Hume

What is wisdom? Wisdom can be defined as an expert knowledge system concerning the fundamental pragmatics of life, and it has five major components, research shows (Baltes & Staudinger, 2000):

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Mnemonic Devices: The Art of Improving Memory

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Do you forget things easily? Try these mnemonic devices.

The deeper we process information, the better we will remember it. It’s as simple as that. Luckily, there is a way to improve our memory, but it takes effortful and intentional processing. This means, if we want to improve our memory, we must practice. Continue reading

The Dynamics of Materialism and Loneliness

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Will possessions make us happier?

Pieters (2013) did a longitudinal study of more than 2,500 consumers over a period of six years. The author wanted to identify the association between materialism and loneliness. Continue reading

Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Personalities: Fact or Fiction?

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A new study by Nielsen and colleagues (2013) examined this by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The authors obtained data from fMRI reports of 1011 individuals between the ages of 7 and 29. These fMRI reports revealed the individuals’ resting brain activity. Continue reading

Psychology Shows How We Recognize Faces

Whenever we perceive another person, the first things we notice are very general features like gender and age, according to the feature theory of face perception.

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How We Perceive Depth (Monucular and Binocular Depth Cues)

The eye (i.e., the retina) receives sensory input in only two dimensions (length and width). It is therefore the brain’s task to make these cues into a three-dimensional perception. Continue reading

How The Brain Makes Sense of Sensory Stimuli: Bottom-Up and Top-Down Processing

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Perception is how the brain makes sense of sensory stimuli: perception is the organization, identification and interpretation of sensory stimuli.

To create our perceptions, the brain makes use of two processing systems, namely the bottom-up and the top-down processing system. Continue reading