According to research published in Science (Vol 314, p435), women led to believe that genetic factors cause female under-achievement subsequently perform much worse in maths tests than those told that social factors (such as teacher attention being given to boys) are responsible. The two studies, undertaken by Steven Heine and Ilan Dar-Nimrod at the University […]
As we highlighted in a previous article, it pays to be an optimist. Take a look at the following letters: HAPPINESSISNOWHERE What did you read? Was it “Happiness is nowhere” or “Happiness is now here”?
Scientists from Seattle Pacific University, and the University of Washington have disproved the old adage that the lower your expectations, the happier you should be following success and the less disappointed you should be following failure. In fact, the opposite turned out to be true. Students were asked how well they expected to do in […]
New research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine suggests that omega-3s can have a significant impact on mental health. They found that people with low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids were more likely to report mild to moderate symptoms of depression, more moodiness, and more impulsivity, which in extreme forms manifests as […]
According to an article published in the New Scientist, complex decisions are best left to your unconscious mind to work out, and over-thinking a problem could lead to expensive mistakes. The research suggests the conscious mind should be trusted only with simple decisions, such as selecting a brand of oven glove. Sleeping on a big […]
An article in the New York Times highlights recent brain studies which indicate that when people are acting under hypnotic suggestions, their brains show profound changes in how they process information. The suggestions, researchers report, literally change what people see, hear, feel and believe to be true. (New York Times – 22nd November 2005)
The title for this article comes from the film, What The Bleep Do We Know!?, which we saw the other night. It is a strange mix of serious documentary on the science of Quantum Theory, woven around an entertaining story about a photographer who starts to see the world in a new way. The film […]