Misdirection is a big part of magic tricks. Yet the human brain tricks us every day. This phenomenon is called “change blindness”. It’s when you miss a change in the environment.
Our expectations also play a role – when we go to a magic show, we expect to see a magic trick and our brain is primed for this. But this can mean that we see things that aren’t there.
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Are you are Narcissist? Would you make a good leader? And what does this mean for millenials and for female leaders? Watch to find out. @RiverCityLive @News4Jax
Did you know that risk-taking behaviors are the brain's way of exploring boundaries?
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Need help remembering a forgotten memory? A recent study found that your “memory personality” can make a difference. People who remember a lot of details are more likely to forget, while those who remember facts can remember more. This memory trait may protect against memory loss in later years.
Interesting, men remembered more than women! When researchers asked men and women to write about their memories – men produced more memories.
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Lying has received a bad reputation but it is actually one of the biggest accomplishments of our brain. For starters, we have to juggle multiple pieces of information and different perspectives. The Prefrontal Cortex (the executive part of the brain) does the heavy lifting when you are lying. In my research, I found that children who are good liars, are smarter than those who have trouble telling a convincing lie.
There is also a difference between men and women. A study found that men took longer when they lied about their personal information compared to when they lied about general information; and they also have more PFC activation. For women, there were no differences in their brain activation or response time when they lied about personal and general information.
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There is a sweet spot for stress. Studies show that chronic stress, especially in childhood, can change the brain. But acute stress can enhance performance. Males and females respond differently to stress.
*Males :"fight-or-flight" in men (PFC)
*Females: "tend-and-befriend" (Limbic/emotional brain)
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How to promote #mentalhealthawareness in adolescents
1. Parents -let your child know you are proud of them. A #study showed that 12 – 13 yr olds were nearly 5x more likely to have suicidal thoughts when parents never/rarely told them that they were proud of them.
2. Practice Self compassion
In my own research with young people, I found that the biggest predictor of suicidal ideation was a feeling that they were unworthy of love. Change this mindset by daily listing positive attributes about yourself.
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Simple activities, such as drawing and coloring, may yield both mental health and cognitive benefits for veterans, according to a new study conducted by Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology at the University of North Florida.The study, in collaboration with UNF psychology graduate student Jourdan Rodak and psychology undergraduate student Michaela Rizzo, explored the use of coloring and drawing in veterans with and without self-reported Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.
Simple activities, such as drawing and coloring, may yield both mental health and cognitive benefits for veterans. In my research, I found that:
1) Veterans showed decreased self-reported anxiety and stress after coloring a mandala—a geometric pattern—for 20 minutes
2) Veterans also showed improved working memory after drawing for 20 minutes.
In my research, we surveyed over 350 people from 18 -60 to understand how we make decisions online. There was a difference in how people pursued prosocial causes (like the ice bucket challenge):
· Women were more motivated by a need to connect
· Men were more motivated by a need to protect
According to Pew Research, 75% of us get our news from social media. So what can you do to encourage someone to make a prosocial decision? Tip: Framing matters – especially if you are a woman.
Simple activities, such as drawing and coloring, may yield both mental health and cognitive benefits for veterans, according to a new study conducted by Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology at the University of North Florida. The study, in collaboration with UNF psychology graduate...