Do Children Know Other People Have Their Own Mind?

Kids do not know as much adults, this is quite clear. They don’t have the experience you get from growing up, and not just that they aren’t as developed as adults either. This lack of experience can lead to some embarrassing situations when children don’t understand what they are saying. They show a big misunderstanding …

How Language Changes How We See Positions

A week or so ago I wrote about the effects of language on maths, how that the language you learnt can change the way in which we see the number. That if your language cannot handle numbers above a certain amount, then you also will not be able to count higher than that number. Well …

The Science of Multitasking

When you are trying to concentrate on doing something difficult it can be very annoying to have someone talking to you. It will throw you off what you are doing and will stop you from being able to do well on the task. You may think you can continue and probably will try to but …

Can Chimps Speak?

We are all apes, we all evolved from a similar common ancestor, and as such we also have much in common with them, from our brain structure to certain aspects of our social behaviour. Research is often conducted on chimpanzees to see what brain areas are used for what purpose, as their brains map relatively …

Where am I? How Your Brain Figures Out Where It Is

When you move to a new area and have to go shopping for the first time, you might get lost. You will probably take a long time to get there and to get some help so you don't get lost. By the next time, though you will be easily able to get there with no effort, you won’t need to think about it. You will be following some form of mental map. Ever wondered how that happens though? It is quite a complex thing to map an area by itself so how does our brain manage to do this relatively complex task so quickly, and also usually very accurately? We have a lot of evidence from Neuroscience which can tell us what areas of the brain are important for this, and although most the research is from rats, there is also evidence from epileptic patients too. 

Just Reading Won’t Do – Study tips from Real Psychological Research.

Everyone has experienced it, trying to learn something new but not being able to because for some reason or another it just doesn’t stick in your head, You have probably looked absolutely everywhere for ways in which you can make it easier to learn, but found nothing really useful, or at least nothing you haven’t already tried. However, there is a large body of research in Psychology which goes into this, which is hard to access because people do not often write about it, or perhaps explain it wrong. This leaves you confused as to why you should use these new suggested techniques over what you already knew, and perhaps even making you convince yourself that what your doing is better anyway because it takes less effort.

Tip of the Tongue – Prevent the Embarrassment by Knowing how it Works, and How to Get Rid of it!

It is very likely you will have experienced a ‘Tip of the Tongue’ state, which is the understandably frustrating feeling of knowing that you know a word, but for some strange reason not being able to remember what the word is. It can happen at any time, and every single time it likely makes you feel silly because it feels like it should be obvious what it is, especially as you know that you know the word! As such, you would probably be glad to know that there are methods you can use to get rid of the ‘Tip of the Tongue’ state, and they are a lot simpler than you probably think. Even better, they have been verified through psychological research to be effective, so you know they must be good!

How does Language Affect Maths?

It is very clear that language is very important for everyday life, from our communications with others to reading a book, and even for staying safe on the roads for paying attention to ‘Stop’ signs on the road. But what about other aspects of our life? It would probably surprise you that the language that …

How Do We Get Scared? – Psychology

  Your heart is racing, your hands are getting sweaty and you are feeling shaky, you know you are scared, but how do you know when and how to get scared? Fear can be caused by many things and there are some things people that people are scared of more than others, such as spiders …