The new age of psychotherapy: All you need is a PC and an Avatar

Desktop Virtual Reality NeuroVR The use of virtual environments for the treatment of specific phobias like the fear of heights, flying, and public speaking has been around for over a decade. Psychotherapists have used different forms of these virtual spaces to safely expose their patients to their phobias in the relatively “safe? and controlled environment …

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Scientist’s fMRI, mind reading, crystals and the third eye (VIDEO)

Kyanite crystals and thought transference This year, CBS’ 60 minutes reported that scientists are coming close to “reading minds” with fMRI scans. It’s only a matter of time when science will catch up and realize the ability to “read minds” is an innate human skill that ancient metaphysicians have documented for thousands of years and …

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Neuroscientists pinpoint the key to keeping your mind sharp into old age

Laboratory T-shirt. It was designed by Dr. Anna D. Fails, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University Separate from some more serious problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, memory-making and cognitive abilities weaken somewhat as we age. But according to new studies, this biological mental decline can be …

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Study proves brain to brain communication through power of thought alone (VIDEO)

Dr. Chris James University of Southampton The University of Southampton recently demonstrated that communication from person to person through the power of thought alone is absolutely possible. A Brain-Computer Interfacing (BCI) was used to capture brain signals that translated into commands which the humans could control just by thinking. Dr Christopher James from the University’s …

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Scientific discovery: Silver bullets not only kill vampires but bacteria

Silver bullets: Kill bacteria Silver bullets aren’t only the Lone Ranger’s calling card, “a symbol of justice, law and order,” and an effective way to kill a vampire, but according to a recent press release by the University of New Hampshire: a powerful antimicrobial. A November 9th 2009, press release, Antimicrobials: Silver (and copper) bullets …

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Research reports gospel music decreases death anxiety, increases self-esteem

Play Aretha Franklin Gospel Tribute YouTube Can listening to gospel music decrease ones anxiety about death and increase one’s life satisfaction, self-esteem and a sense of control? Harlem Gospel Choir A new article, Listening to Religious Music and Mental Health in Later Life, authored by Matt Bradshaw, PhD, of Baylor University; Christopher G. Ellison, PhD, …

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Daydreaming may be making you unhappy

Julie Daydreaming Julie Daydreaming Artist: Morisot, Berthe (Mme. Eugene Manet) (French 1841-1895) Impressionist Painter In a recent New York Times article (November 2010): When the Mind Wanders, Happiness Also Strays, John Tierney cites new doctoral research published by Harvard psychologists, Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert that may prove “daydreaming” isn’t as good for …

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Scientists find link between negative emotions and inflammation

Links between emotional states (like anger, anxiety, and depression), brain function and inflammation Photo credit: Philip Bitnar / Koukej Makak Production on Flickr (cc) Finally, scientists are closing in on the mind-body connection. In new groundbreaking research, they have discovered yet one more link between emotional states (like anger, anxiety, and depression), brain function and …

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Scientific study: Being too clean may be making you depressed

Are depressed people too clean? Flickr: April Spreeman According to Emory University neuroscientist Charles Raison, MD, in a review article in the December 2010 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry; there is mounting evidence that our lack of contact with microorganisms in the soil, food and gut, due to our excessive cleanliness, may be contributing …

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Psychology news: Free online app predicts relationship compatibility

Online app determines writing style compatibility Wikimedia Commons “Are you and your ‘special someone’ on the same page? Are you clicking? In synch? Seeing eye to eye? Communicating effectively?? Dr. James Pennebaker and doctoral student Molly Ireland and their colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin examined whether the speaking and writing styles couples …

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