Category: Consciousness

  • Measuring laws…

    Measuring laws…

    One of the fundamental physical constants, the ‘weak axial vector coupling constant’ (gA), has now been measured with very high precision for the first time. It is needed to explain nuclear fusion in the sun, to understand the formation of elements shortly after the Big Bang, or to understand important experiments in particle physics. With […]

  • Yawning…

    Yawning…

    By studying the phenomenon of contagious yawning, the researchers learned that people’s reactions in virtual reality (VR) can be quite different from what they are in actual reality. They found that contagious yawning happens in VR, but people’s tendency to suppress yawns when they have company or feel they’re being watched don’t apply in the […]

  • Editing consciousness. Controlling thoughts. Speaking in the mirror…

    Editing consciousness. Controlling thoughts. Speaking in the mirror…

    People who are grieving a major loss, such as the death of a spouse or a child, use different coping mechanisms to carry on with their lives. Psychologists have been able to track different approaches, which can reflect different clinical outcomes. One approach that is not usually successful is avoidant grief, a state in which […]

  • Stereotyping. Not us?

    Recent studies into how human beings think about members of other social groups reveal that biases sometimes operate beyond our conscious control. Called implicit bias, the tendency to be suspicious of people we perceive as strangers or “not like us” probably evolved early in our ancestry, when small groups of humans competed against each other […]

  • Knowing things…

    By focusing on nervous system circuits of nociception, the body’s sensing of tissue damage, anesthesiologists can achieve unconsciousness in patients using less drug and manage post-operative pain better, leading to less need for opioids. (1) We don’t know what consciousness is. Yet, we know when we do not have it. We can’t say what a […]