Brain Type Determines your Trance State

Hypnosis is a valuable tool for helping us cope with pain, anxiety, addiction, and undesirable behaviours. But not everyone benefits. Some people are simply very difficult to hynotise, and this trait seems to be unconnected to personality or physical attributes. David Speigel and his team at the Cen­ter for In­te­gra­tive Med­i­cine, Stan­ford Uni­vers­ity, wondered why. So they scanned the brains of 12 easily hypnotised people and 12 people who showed little response to hynotitists’ efforts. The team found that people who had very little interaction between the decision-making and attention-paying areas of the brain were also least sensitive to hypnosis, with … Continue reading Brain Type Determines your Trance State

Tackling Misinformation

The disadvantage of the public’s increasingly easy access to information is the public’s equally easy access to misinformation. It’s now simpler than ever to promote opinion as fact, and to create doubt and fear when no rational cause exists. The Association for Psychological Science recently published a paper that reviews this phenomenon. The team of researchers highlight how people fail to update their memories in the light of new information, and how we can ignore facts that don’t fit in with our worldview. The paper concludes with suggestions to help counter the effects of misinformation when dealing with the general … Continue reading Tackling Misinformation

Memories are Made of This

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on…” If there was ever an indication that the human conscience exists within the structure of our brains, it has come recently in research at the University of Cleveland, Ohio. Slices of brain tissue have been induced to produce memory-like patterns, despite the fact that they are, to all intents and purposes, ‘dead’. Electrical stimulation of neurons produced different outputs according to how, and how many, neurons were stimulated. This effect is similar to that produced in monkeys working on memory tasks. Image courtesy of koratmember at Freedigitalphotos.net Continue reading Memories are Made of This