Why Did Humans Evolve Pattern Recognition Abilities?

How did human pattern recognition emerge? Insights from Evolutionary psychology

Natural selection necessitates economical and reliable brain mechanisms in some environmental contexts. These mechanisms emerge as a response to patterns in the environment or enable us to refine our ability to spot them. Pattern recognition skills sit at the helm of our basic cognitive architecture. Why? How? Now what? A common problem during hunting is …

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3 Stupidly Useless, Pointless & Amazing Facts About the Human Brain

3 amazing facts about the human brain.

After a series of long & detailed posts, let me share something fun and amusing. Let’s look at 3 amazingly surprising and interesting quirks of the human brain. The word “fact” is used for creating some dramatic influence. A more accurate description would be interesting psychological findings. 1. Side-to-Side eye movements can temporarily boost memory …

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Biophilia: Sensory Contact With Nature Can Improve Your Overall Well-being & Mental Health

Humans love nature and connecting with nature improves wellbeing

Do you like it when you are surrounded by nature? Do you have a primeval desire to connect with nature? Most of us would answer that with a resounding YES. There is a term for that. Biophilia: The innate tendency of humans to connect with nature and other lifeforms. An exciting hypothesis emerged in 1984 …

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The Beautiful Science of Ugliness Reveals Ugly Truths About How we Judge Others

Am I ugly like gollum? The psychology of beauty ideals and standards

This is a long article with tonnes of research and explanations for factors related to the concept of ugly. I have detailed research insights on ugliness, beauty standards, our perception of beauty, and the concept of attractiveness. Oh, and I have a special message for you at the end. Scroll all the way to the …

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Psychophysics: Sensory and Perceptual Limits. The Human Umwelt

Human umwelt psychophysical limits of our reality

Psychophysics – Sounds cool right? It is. It really is cool. I am not overstating when I say that psychophysics is associated with our very existence. The human body has about 10 sensory systems which send in information to the central nervous system (brain and its neural extensions). Psychophysics deals with the very core of …

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You Can Mentally Slow Down Time To Savor The Moment. Brain Time Dilation Is A Thing.

How to slow down time to make a moment last longer

The brain experiences ‘time’ very differently compared to how it experiences information from other senses. It is actually possible to savor a moment deliberately and slow down time so you can enjoy it as much as you’d like. Time is a variable- not in a physical sense; not in a metaphysical sense – in a …

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The Fundamental Science Of Brain-Based Learning: 7 Subconscious Brain Functions And Learning Processes

I won’t tell you what you can do today to learn better or be smarter, but I will tell you what the brain does for you. The brain is a complex learning machine. While you can deliberately learn by using strategies, I will share with you what happens behind the scenes. The brain has a …

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Time Perception: What exactly is time for the human brain?

Time perception: an introduction to how the brain represents time

There is one thing that baffles me. It is the¬†idea of time. We are going to talk about Time Perception or how the brain experiences time. We look at clocks, we learn what an hour is. We look at the sun, we know what a day is. But do we? We can purposefully¬†evaluate what time …

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10 psychology facts that’ll (NOT) blow your mind away

Considering this is the era of fact sharing and how people like ‘quick bites’ of information, I thought I’ll compile some of the psychological facts that are almost never talked about. These are not psychology facts per se. These are robust research findings that are close to being facts. Truth be told, it’s hard to …

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Memory Models in Psychology – understanding human memory

Memory is perhaps the most alluring topic of research in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience. Through decades of trivial and breakthrough research insights, we know a little bit about memory. In fact, some of the aspects of memory have become common knowledge. You’ll see people say ‘my short term memory is bad but long-term memory …

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Font Psychology: New research & practical insights

Font Psychology: Bad fonts can be psychologically useful

Welcome to font psychology or the science of typography – how fonts affect cognition & behavior of people.  Designers swear by the importance of fonts. They often see what most people overlook. At the superficial level, it could feel like fonts are about the beauty of the written word. But, as designers say, ‘It reflects …

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Why is extrasensory perception (ESP) and telekinesis not possible?

Is Telekineses and ESP possible? Scientific explanation

I love science fiction. All kinds. The B-grade kind, the kind which has a higher budget for a famous actor than for a thorough script, the Sharknado kind, etc. In many of these science fiction movies, comics, and books, the idea of a brain that is capable of god-like things is a popular trope- Martian …

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