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Tags: awareness, brain models, consciousness, information, intelligence, networks, senses, sensory processing, theories, virtual models
When I talk to other scientists about the study of consciousness, very often the first thing I’m asked to explain is why the topic is worth scientific attention. I argue that it’s not just a topic for philosophers or poets, and it’s not just a matter of opinion or belief. We can actually build rational theories of consciousness, theories that have explanatory power and that can be tested experimentally. And it’s crucial knowledge. Consciousness has a specific, practical impact on brain function. If you want to understand how the brain works, you need to understand that part of the machine. No neuroscientist, and no expert in artificial intelligence, should scoff at consciousness.” (excerpt)
They play to our intuitions, but don’t actually explain anything.
Tags: DNA, human psychology, myths, nature vs. nurture, psychiatric illness, psychology, science, scientific illiteracy, scientific literacy, studies
“Few books risk such damage to the public understanding of science as those by Oliver James. Inexplicably popular despite their scientific illiteracy and mediocre writing, they are promoted widely by James’s regular, shriekingly aggressive media appearances. A glance at the studies shows the absurdity of the extreme blank-slate position advanced in Not In Your Genes: environments clearly matter, but so does DNA, and the perversity of denying this becomes ever more acute with each new genetic discovery. Truly understanding human psychology and helping those with psychiatric illnesses requires us to have a realistic view of the causes of differences between people. That realistic view is Not In This Book.” (excerpt)
Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity » Self-Generated Initiation in the Clinical HourPosted: February 27, 2016 in psychology
Tags: initiation, therapy
Tags: confidence, Dunning-Kruger effect, high sensitivity, ignorance, impostor syndrome, success
“My experience it’s not natural for men to admit feelings of discomfort and vulnerability. So you have to dig deeper and work a lot harder to get under their skin,”
Tags: authenticity, Bioethicists, blunting, concept of self, emptiness, Francis Fukuyama's Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, identity, Owen Wilson, philosophers, Prozac as a Way of Life, real self, the medicalization of psychological experience
excerpt: “Bioethicists, philosophers, journalists, and social scientists began speculating upon how the proliferation of psychoactive medications might alter concepts of self and narratives of authenticity. Does taking antidepressants allow the “real self” to emerge from the dark night of depression, or do antidepressants “muffle” the authentic self by blunting affect? Do new selves emerge and old selves disappear as psychoactive medications turn the melancholy into the chipper, the shy into social butterflies, the anxious into laid-back, Owen Wilson, surfer dude types? Such books as Carl Elliott’s Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream, Carl Elliott and Tod Chambers’ edited collection, Prozac as a Way of Life, Francis Fukuyama’s Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, and the President’s Council on Bioethics’ Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness (1)–all struggle with questions related to authenticity, identity, the medicalization of psychological experience, and the use of antidepressants to “treat” not just severe clinical depression but forms of sadness, emptiness, and alienation that speak more to dead-end jobs and stifling schools than serotonin levels in the brain.”
Tags: brain, brain research, brain trauma, Molecular Psychiatry, neuroscience, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, psychiatric disorders, PTSD, signalling systems, trauma
Interesting research support that experiences can significantly change brain.
“The study, which has been published in the renowned scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry, shows that it is the imbalance between the two signalling systems which determines the severity of the symptoms suffered by the individual rather than the degree of change in a single system. Others have previously speculated that the biological basis of psychiatric disorders such as PTSD includes a shift in the balance between different signalling systems in the brain but none has yet proved it. The results of the study are a great leap forward in our understanding of PTSD. It will contribute new knowledge which can be used to design improved treatments for traumatised individuals.” (excerpt)
Tags: body image, culture, perceptions, self-esteem
“while the roles for women in superhero movies have evolved from the helpless, easy mark to the commanding, mighty protector, the central appeal of these characters as sexual goddesses is the same. As a consequence, the superheroines, like their victim counterparts, are undermining rather than improving women’s perceptions of their own bodies and physical competence. And they are doing nothing to improve beliefs about women’s roles in society.” (Excerpt)