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The Impact on the Human Brain During Cross Modal Perceptions
From the moment an image enters our eyes, and begins its process in the visual cortex, any touch or sound induced will impact how information is perceived by the brain. This is due to cross modal perception, in which perceptions between two different stimuli cross pathways in the brain. A process similar to synesthesia, whe...
My Reasons to Study Psychology and Neuroscience
John Maxwell once said “leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” I contend that although wealth and power may contribute to the quality of life, I hope to ascertain my proper occupational path in psychology and neuroscience, and apply my knowledge to teach other indi...
The Two Prevailing Theories that Try to Explain the Properties of the Mind
What is the mind? Where does it come from? Is it supernatural, i.e. unexplainable by science, or natural, existing due to physical phenomena? Philosophers have pondered over these questions for thousands of years without an end in sight. While many have thought that the mind is something unquantifiable, recent discoveries o...
The Definition and Function of Consciousness in the Human Brain
What does it mean to be “conscious”? According to Merriam-Webster, to be conscious is to be “awake and able to understand what is happening around you.” While this is the common English definition, Susan Blackmore’s article “State of the Art—The Psychology of Consciousness” delves into the psychological definition of the wo...
The Discovery of the Connection between Visual Perception and Neural Activity by Hubel and Wiesel
In their famous 1962 experiment, psychologists Hubel and Wiesel explored the neural basis of visual perception. They found that manually obstructing vision would lead to corresponding areas of the brain to deteriorate from lack of use. Similarly, in an anonymous blog post entitled, “The Eye Tells the Brain when to Plasticiz...
A Research on the Connection Between Physiology and Consciousness in the Article The Brains's (Dark Energy) by Marcus E Raichle
In his article The Brain’s (Dark Energy), published in Annual Editions: Psychology 12/13, Marcus E. Raichle explains his group’s groundbreaking research regarding a long-pondered aspect of the connection between brain physiology and consciousness: what occurs in the human brain when we appear to be “inactive”? The article i...
A Study on the Effects of the Lack of Sleep on People
Why do we sleep? The lack of sleep can effect a person in many ways. “Almost 20 percent of all serious car crash injuries in the general population are associated with driver sleepiness” says Dr. John. Billions of dollars are spent each year on direct medical costs associated with doctor visits, hospital services, prescript...
The Importance and Use of Odor in Studying Behavioral Evidence
Odors have importance in the context of recollection of emotional episodic memories, and are extremely significant in learning and memory. In past studies, behavioral evidence has supported that memories that are elicited by odor are older memories, as well as less-thought of memories. Because of this, it generates almost a...
An Introduction to the History, Government, Economy, and the Events that Sparked the Growth of Psychology as a Science in Russia
Russia was created in 1500 BC when a group of Vikings, the Slavs, wanted to create a trading post (Geographia, 2001). The trading post mainly consisted ofthe lands of Eastern Europe and Western Russia (Geographia, 2001). As time progressed, the small trading post grew into a larger civilization. Eventually, an entire cultu...
The Influence of Neurotransmitters on Our Body
How Neurotransmitters Influence Us Neurotransmitters influences on topics like hunger, depression, euphoria, addictions and others. Neurotransmitter molecules are stimulated and released through electric impulses that travel to a neuron’s axon, and this can affect the human emotions and behavior. The brain is responsi...